Mary Astor

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mary Astor (May 3, 1906 - September 25, 1987) was an American actress. Most remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of the early 1920s. She eventually made a successful transition to talkies, but almost saw her career destroyed due to public scandal in the mid-1930s. She was sued for support by her parents and was later branded an adulterous wife by her ex-husband during a custody fight over her daughter. Overcoming these stumbling blocks in her private life, Astor went on to even greater success on the screen, eventually winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Sandra Kovak in The Great Lie (1941). She was an MGM contract player through most of the 1940s and continued to act in movies, on television and on stage until her retirement from the screen in 1964. Astor was the author of five novels. Her autobiography became a bestseller, as did her later book, A Life on Film, which was specifically about her career. Director Lindsay Anderson wrote of her in 1990: "...(W)hen two or three who love the cinema are gathered together, the name of Mary Astor always comes up, and everybody agrees that she was an actress of special attraction, whose qualities of depth and reality always seemed to illuminate the parts she played." Description above from the Wikipedia article ...

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Mary Astor  •  Lucille Bremer

In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Mary Astor  •  Lucille Bremer

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Mary Astor  •  Gladys George  •  Peter Lorre

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Mary Astor  •  Gladys George  •  Peter Lorre

Act of Violence (1949)

A former prisoner of war, Frank Enley is hailed as a hero in his California town. However, Frank has a shameful secret that comes back to haunt him when fellow survivor Joe Parkson emerges, intent on making Frank pay for his past deeds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Van Heflin  •  Robert Ryan  •  Janet Leigh  •  Mary Astor

A former prisoner of war, Frank Enley is hailed as a hero in his California town. However, Frank has a shameful secret that comes back to haunt him when fellow survivor Joe Parkson emerges, intent on making Frank pay for his past deeds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Van Heflin  •  Robert Ryan  •  Janet Leigh  •  Mary Astor

Desert Fury (1947)

The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Allen
CAST:  John Hodiak  •  Lizabeth Scott  •  Burt Lancaster  •  Wendell Corey

The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Allen
CAST:  John Hodiak  •  Lizabeth Scott  •  Burt Lancaster  •  Wendell Corey

Don Juan (1926)

If there was one thing that Don Juan de Marana learned from his father Don Jose, it was that women gave you three things - life, disillusionment and death. In his father's case it was his wife, Donna Isobel, and Donna Elvira who supplied the latter. Don Juan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Crosland
CAST:  John Barrymore  •  Mary Astor  •  Myrna Loy  •  Hedda Hopper

If there was one thing that Don Juan de Marana learned from his father Don Jose, it was that women gave you three things - life, disillusionment and death. In his father's case it was his wife, Donna Isobel, and Donna Elvira who supplied the latter. Don Juan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Crosland
CAST:  John Barrymore  •  Mary Astor  •  Myrna Loy  •  Hedda Hopper

Little Women (1949)

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother - a very outspoken women for her time. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Peter Lawford  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Elizabeth Taylor

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother - a very outspoken women for her time. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Peter Lawford  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Elizabeth Taylor

Midnight (1939)

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An unemployed showgirl poses as Hungarian royalty to infiltrate Parisian society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  Claudette Colbert  •  Don Ameche  •  John Barrymore  •  Francis Lederer

An unemployed showgirl poses as Hungarian royalty to infiltrate Parisian society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  Claudette Colbert  •  Don Ameche  •  John Barrymore  •  Francis Lederer

Red Dust (1932)

Dennis, owner of a rubber plantation in Cochinchina, is involved with Vantine, who left Saigon to evade the police; but when his new surveyor, Gary, arrives along with his refined but sensual wife, Barbara, Dennis gets infatuated by her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Jean Harlow  •  Gene Raymond  •  Mary Astor

Dennis, owner of a rubber plantation in Cochinchina, is involved with Vantine, who left Saigon to evade the police; but when his new surveyor, Gary, arrives along with his refined but sensual wife, Barbara, Dennis gets infatuated by her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Jean Harlow  •  Gene Raymond  •  Mary Astor

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets rich businessman being shown around as a prospective tenant. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Preston Sturges
CAST:  Claudette Colbert  •  Joel McCrea  •  Mary Astor  •  Rudy Vallee

Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets rich businessman being shown around as a prospective tenant. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Preston Sturges
CAST:  Claudette Colbert  •  Joel McCrea  •  Mary Astor  •  Rudy Vallee

Show of Shows (1929)

It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can be heard in a gaudy, grandiose music comedy revue. But also appear actors and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John G. Adolfi
CAST:  Frank Fay  •  William Courtenay  •  H.B. Warner  •  Hobart Bosworth

It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can be heard in a gaudy, grandiose music comedy revue. But also appear actors and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John G. Adolfi
CAST:  Frank Fay  •  William Courtenay  •  H.B. Warner  •  Hobart Bosworth

This Happy Feeling (1958)

On a stormy night, young woman asks another guest at party to rescue her from her lecherous boss and take her to the train station. When her rescuer suggests that she stop at his place to get out of her wet clothes, she dashes from his car. The door she knocks on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Debbie Reynolds  •  Curd Jürgens  •  John Saxon  •  Alexis Smith

On a stormy night, young woman asks another guest at party to rescue her from her lecherous boss and take her to the train station. When her rescuer suggests that she stop at his place to get out of her wet clothes, she dashes from his car. The door she knocks on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Debbie Reynolds  •  Curd Jürgens  •  John Saxon  •  Alexis Smith

Holiday (1930)

A romantic comedy film which tells the story of a young man who is torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée's family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward H. Griffith
CAST:  Ann Harding  •  Mary Astor  •  Edward Everett Horton  •  Robert Ames

A romantic comedy film which tells the story of a young man who is torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée's family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward H. Griffith
CAST:  Ann Harding  •  Mary Astor  •  Edward Everett Horton  •  Robert Ames

Two Arabian Knights (1927)

During World War I, two American soldiers fight to escape the Germans while squabbling over a beautiful harem girl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  William Boyd  •  Mary Astor  •  Louis Wolheim  •  Ian Keith

During World War I, two American soldiers fight to escape the Germans while squabbling over a beautiful harem girl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  William Boyd  •  Mary Astor  •  Louis Wolheim  •  Ian Keith

Brigham Young (1940)

Based on the story of the famous Mormon leader, it follows Brigham Young and his challenge to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two fictitious characters, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb and the hardships ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Linda Darnell  •  Dean Jagger  •  Brian Donlevy

Based on the story of the famous Mormon leader, it follows Brigham Young and his challenge to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two fictitious characters, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb and the hardships ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Linda Darnell  •  Dean Jagger  •  Brian Donlevy

The Hurricane (1937)

In the colonial era, island native Terangi (Jon Hall) spends a blissful honeymoon with his bride, Marama (Dorothy Lamour). Soon after, however, their relationship is torn asunder when Terangi is sent to prison for punching a prejudiced white man. Prominent members ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Dorothy Lamour  •  Jon Hall  •  Mary Astor  •  C. Aubrey Smith

In the colonial era, island native Terangi (Jon Hall) spends a blissful honeymoon with his bride, Marama (Dorothy Lamour). Soon after, however, their relationship is torn asunder when Terangi is sent to prison for punching a prejudiced white man. Prominent members ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Dorothy Lamour  •  Jon Hall  •  Mary Astor  •  C. Aubrey Smith

The Great Lie (1941)

Days after Sandra and Pete elope, they discover their consummated union isn't valid since, unbeknownst to them, Sandra's divorce isn't yet final. They decide to not stay together, but, by then, Sandra is pregnant. She doesn't learn that fact until after Pete ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  George Brent  •  Mary Astor  •  Lucile Watson

Days after Sandra and Pete elope, they discover their consummated union isn't valid since, unbeknownst to them, Sandra's divorce isn't yet final. They decide to not stay together, but, by then, Sandra is pregnant. She doesn't learn that fact until after Pete ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  George Brent  •  Mary Astor  •  Lucile Watson

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Joseph Cotten

An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Joseph Cotten

That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Gene Kelly  •  Judy Garland  •  Mickey Rooney

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Gene Kelly  •  Judy Garland  •  Mickey Rooney

Thousands Cheer (1943)

Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her father. Eddie's also plagued by fear of having an accident during his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Kathryn Grayson  •  Gene Kelly  •  Mary Astor  •  John Boles

Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her father. Eddie's also plagued by fear of having an accident during his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Kathryn Grayson  •  Gene Kelly  •  Mary Astor  •  John Boles

Smart Woman (1931)

A society man's loving, devoted wife, upon learning that he has been unfaithful and is planning to leave her for the other woman, strategically pretends to be having an affair of her own. The woman's friends gladly assist in the deception.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory La Cava
CAST:  Mary Astor  •  Robert Ames  •  John Halliday  •  Edward Everett Horton

A society man's loving, devoted wife, upon learning that he has been unfaithful and is planning to leave her for the other woman, strategically pretends to be having an affair of her own. The woman's friends gladly assist in the deception.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory La Cava
CAST:  Mary Astor  •  Robert Ames  •  John Halliday  •  Edward Everett Horton
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