Mary Astor

as Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton in the movie A Successful Calamity

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Real name is Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke
Also known as The Cameo GirlRusty
Was born at 3 May 1906 in Quincy, Illinois, USA . Died at 25 September 1987, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart attack)

Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 inQuincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke,and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, ofPortuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for heras they recognized Mary's beauty and knowing if they played their cardsright, they could make her famous. They understood that they wantedsomething better for their daughter than they had, so they made ithappen by pushing Mary into various beauty contests. Luck was with Maryand her parents because one contest came to the attention of Hollywoodmoguls who signed her at the age of 14.

Her first movie was a bit partin The Scarecrow (1920) . It wasn't much, but it was a start. Throughout 1921-1923 she continued her career with bit or minor rolesin a number of motion pictures. In 1924, Mary landed a plum assignmentwith a role as Lady Margery Alvaney opposite the great'John Barrymore (I)' in the film Beau Brummel (1924) . Thislaunched her career to stardom as it did with a lively affair withBarrymore.

However the affair ended before she could star with himagain in the classic Don Juan (1926) . Mary was, now, the newcinematic darling with each film packing the theaters. By the end ofthe twenties, the sound revolution had taken a strong hold on theindustry and Mary was one of those lucky actresses who made thesuccessful transition to "talkies" because of her voice and strongscreen presence. Mary's career took off to greater heights. Films suchas Red Dust (1932) , Convention City (1933) , Man of Iron (1935) , and The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) ,kept her star at the top.

In 1938, Mary turned out five feature filmswhich kept her busy and in the spotlight. Afterwards, she churned outfilms at a lesser rate. In 1941, she won the Oscar for Best SupportingActress for her role of Sandra Kovac in The Great Lie (1941) . That same year she appeared in the celebrated film The Maltese Falcon (1941) , but her star soon began to fall. Because of her three divorces, the death of her first husband, KennethHawks who died in a plane crash, alcoholism, a suicide attempt, and apersistent heart condition, Mary got smaller roles in movies.

In thewhole of the 1950s she appeared in only five productions. Her finalfling with the silver screen was as Jewell Mayhew in Hush. . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) .

Even though this was herfinal film, she had appeared in a phenomenal 123 motion pictures. Marylived out her remaining days confined to the Motion Picture CountryHome where she died of a heart attack on September 25, 1987 at the ageof 81. Her German immigrant father pushed her into a beauty contest at 14 andher first movie Sentimental Tommy (1921) at 15. After a numberof minor parts she starred in 'John Barrymore (I)' 's Beau Brummel (1924) . She had a lively affair with Barrymore,over with before she starred a second time with him, in Don Juan (1926) , the first silent movie with Vitaphone music andsound effects.

Her first husband, director 'Kenneth Hawks (I)' (brother of 'Howard Hawks' ), died in a 1930 plane crash. Whiledivorcing her second husband in 1936 her personal diary was entered inevidence in the custody fight for their daughter. Included among otherwell-publicized juicy bits was her secret affair with playwright'George S. Kaufman (I)'. Her career picked up after the scandal -- The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) , Midnight (1939) (again withBarrymore), Brigham Young (1940) , and a best supporting Oscarfor The Great Lie (1941) .

Her crowning role was the lying BrigidO'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) . Three divorces,alcoholism, and attempted suicide resulted in smaller parts from thenon till Hush. . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) , her last due to aheart condition.

She lived her final years confined to the MotionPicture Country Home. .

There is some small facts about Mary Astor:
  • WAMPAS Baby Star on 1926.
  • Attended and graduated from Kenwood-Loring School in Chicago, Illinois.
  • In 1959, she penned her frank autobiography, "My Story", which was a bestseller, a tell-all in which she openly discussed her battle with alcohol and her failed marriages, but, interestingly, avoided the subject of her film career. In 1971, she also wrote five novels and came out with a memoir, "A Life on Film", in which she DID discuss her film career. This was also a bestseller.
  • Sister-in-law of 'Howard Hawks' and 'William B. Hawks' , cousin-in-law of 'Carole Lombard (I)' .
  • Had two children: Marylyn Hauoli Thorpe (born June 16, 1932) and Anthony ("Tono") Thorpe (born 1939).
  • Acording to an August 1924 Topeka Capital article, Mary Astor (Lucille Langhanke) grew up and attended school in Topeka. Her father was a window dresser at the Crosby Brothers store.
  • Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 38-40. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
  • She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6701 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
  • Gave birth to her daughter Marylyn two months premature on her yacht in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both mother and daughter almost lost their lives.
  • Lived with her close friend 'Florence Eldridge' and her husband 'Fredric March' following the sudden death of her husband 'Kenneth Hawks (II)' .
  • Her father Otto died in February 1943 of a heart attack and her mother Helen died in January 1947 of a heart ailment.
  • After shooting Little Women (1949) , Astor decided against renewing her contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as she had grown tired of playing humdrum mothers.
  • Lived with her son Tono in Fountain Valley, California after filming Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) until 1971 when she moved to a small cottage on the grounds of the Motion Picture and Television Country House in Woodland Hills due to her chronic heart condition.
  • Having suffered from alcoholism for 20 years, Astor finally checked into a sanitarium for alcoholics in 1949.
  • Converted to Roman Catholicism in 1951 following a suicide attempt.
  • Was almost fired from Dodsworth (1936) following the revelation of her affair with 'George S. Kaufman' , but 'Samuel Goldwyn' insisted she remain in the picture.
  • 'Bette Davis' was originally cast as Sandra Kovak, the hot-tempered but talented pianist, in The Great Lie (1941) but instead opted for the smaller role of Maggie Van Allen in a bid to let her good friend Astor save her film career. As a result, Astor won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.
  • Thanked both 'Bette Davis' and 'Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky' in her acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1941 for The Great Lie (1941) .
  • According to "Reel Facts: The Movie Book of Records", Astor earned $500 per week in the early 1920s at Famous Players and rose to $3750 per week at 20th Century Fox during the 40 week 1928-1929 season.
  • She was a staunch liberal Democrat who was active in the women's chapter of the Hollywood Democratic Committee as well as the campaigns of such liberal presidents as 'Franklin D. Roosevelt' , 'Harry Truman (I)' , 'Lyndon Johnson (I)' , 'John F. Kennedy' and 'Jimmy Carter (I)' .
  • Had appeared with 'Henry O'Neill (I)' in five films: The Kennel Murder Case (1933) , The World Changes (1933) , The Man with Two Faces (1934) , Upperworld (1934) and Dinky (1935) .
  • Was the 17th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Great Lie (1941) at The 14th Academy Awards on February 26, 1942.
  • She died only seven days before her The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) co-star 'Madeleine Carroll' .
  • Following her death, she was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
  • In March 2014, she was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month.
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There is the list of movies, where Mary Astor was taked part:
1 A Successful Calamity movie A Successful Calamity 1932 as Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton
2 A Trip Through the Paramount Studio movie A Trip Through the Paramount Studio 1927 as Herself
3 Bogart: The Untold Story movie Bogart: The Untold Story 1996 as Actress in 'The Maltese Falcon'
4 In This Our Life movie In This Our Life 1942 as Extra at a Roadhouse Table
5 Return to Peyton Place movie Return to Peyton Place 1961 as Mrs. Roberta Carter
6 Romance of the Underworld movie Romance of the Underworld 1928 as Judith Andrews
7 The Beggar Maid movie The Beggar Maid 1921 as Peasant Girl/Beggar Maid
8 The Case of the Howling Dog movie The Case of the Howling Dog 1934 as Bessie Foley
9 The Murder of Dr. Harrigan movie The Murder of Dr. Harrigan 1936 as Lillian Cooper
10 The Power and the Prize movie The Power and the Prize 1956 as Mrs. George Salt
11 The Prisoner of Zenda movie The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 as Antoinette de Mauban
12 To the Ladies movie To the Ladies 1923 as Undetermined Secondary Role
13 Trapped by Television movie Trapped by Television 1936 as Barbara 'Bobby' Blake
14 Robert Montgomery Presents movie Robert Montgomery Presents 1950 as Norma Desmond
15 The United States Steel Hour movie The United States Steel Hour 1953 as Lydia Chalmers
16 A Kiss Before Dying movie A Kiss Before Dying 1956 as Mrs. Corliss
17 A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies movie A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 as Anna Smith, 'Meet Me in St. Louis'
18 A Stranger in My Arms movie A Stranger in My Arms 1959 as Mrs. Virgilnie Beasley
19 Across the Pacific movie Across the Pacific 1942 as Alberta Marlow
20 Act of Violence movie Act of Violence 1948 as Pat
21 And So They Were Married movie And So They Were Married 1936 as Edith Farnham
22 Any Number Can Play movie Any Number Can Play 1949 as Ada
23 Beau Brummel movie Beau Brummel 1924 as Lady Margery Alvanley
24 Behind Office Doors movie Behind Office Doors 1931 as Mary Linden
25 Blonde Fever movie Blonde Fever 1944 as Delilah Donay
26 Breakdowns of 1941 movie Breakdowns of 1941 1941 as Herself
27 Brigham Young movie Brigham Young 1940 as Mary Ann Young
28 Brother of the Bear movie Brother of the Bear 1921 as Marcia Hawthorne
29 Bullets or Ballots movie Bullets or Ballots 1921 as Bit Part
30 Cass Timberlane movie Cass Timberlane 1947 as Queenie Havock
31 Claudia and David movie Claudia and David 1946 as Elizabeth Van Doren
32 Convention City movie Convention City 1933 as Arlene Dale
33 Cynthia movie Cynthia 1947 as Louise Bishop
34 Desert Fury movie Desert Fury 1947 as Fritzi Haller
35 Dinky movie Dinky 1935 as Mrs. Martha Daniels
36 Dodsworth movie Dodsworth 1936 as Mrs. Edith Cortright
37 Don Juan movie Don Juan 1926 as Adriana della Varnese
38 Don Q Son of Zorro movie Don Q Son of Zorro 1925 as Dolores de Muro
39 Dressed to Kill movie Dressed to Kill 1928 as Jeanne
40 Dry Martini movie Dry Martini 1928 as Elizabeth Quimby
There is the list of some articles of Mary Astor:
  • "Classic Images" (USA), August 2000, Iss. 302, pg. 6-14, 59-60 [includes filmography], by: Barrie Roberts, "Mary Astor: Reluctant Legend"
  • "Blanco y Negro" (Spain), 10 June 1990, Iss. 3702, pg. 68-73, by: Terenci Moix, "Mary Astor"
  • "Variety" (USA), 30 September 1987, pg. 4:4, "Mary Astor Dies on Coast at 81; Versatile Star Bridged Silent Era"
  • "Los Angeles Times" (USA), 26 September 1987, Iss. II, pg. 1:4, "Mary Astor"
  • "The London Times" (UK), 26 September 1987, pg. 10:6, "Mary Astor"
  • "New York Times" (USA), 26 September 1987, pg. 34:1, by: Peter B. Flint, "Mary Astor, 81, Is Dead; Star of 'Maltese Falcon'"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 10 September 1927, pg. 89, "Starke-White Wed; Mary Astor Next"
  • "Paris and Hollywood" (USA), October 1926, pg. 32, by: June Lee, "Dan Cupid's Bulletin Board"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 1 August 1925, pg. 574, "Mary Astor in 'Scarlet Saint'"
  • "Movie Weekly" (USA), 4 July 1925, pg. 25-26, by: Alma Talley, "I Don't Want to Play a Luring Lady"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 18 April 1925, pg. 713, "First National Adds Several to List of Contract Players"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 31 January 1925, pg. 484, "Doug Signs Mary Astor"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 22 November 1924, pg. 342, "Ince Signs Mary Astor"
  • "Movie Weekly" (USA), 12 May 1923, pg. 7, by: Gladys Hall, "'What I Think of the Men of Today,'"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 24 March 1923, pg. 403, "Sign with Paramount"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 14 October 1922, pg. 556, "Can't Break Contract"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 20 November 1920, pg. 329, "Brewster Magazines Announce Winner of "The Fame and Fortune Contest" [Lucille Langhanke]"
There is the list of some printed articles of Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke:
  • "LIFE" (USA), January 1988, Vol. 11, Iss. 1, pg. 112, by: Douglas Whitney Collection, "Goodbye"
  • "CinĂ©-Miroir" (France), 24 August 1948, Vol. 27, Iss. 904, pg. 12, "Mary Astor Du Studio avec Marlene Dietrich & Lewis Allen"
There is the list of some quotes of Mary Astor:
  • A painter paints, a musician plays, a writer writes - but a movie actor waits.
  • I was never totally involved in movies. I was just making my father's dream come true.
  • It's not good to make sentimental journeys. You see the differences instead of the sameness.
  • [on her early Hollywood roles] I was as two-dimensional as the screen itself: cool, indifferent, looking lovely in close-ups. Period. Period. Period. When was I ever going to learn to act? You can't learn if you can't experiment and find out what works and doesn't work. But the hours are long, the schedule rigid, so I did what I was told and saved time and money for the front office. And got a lot of jobs that way.
  • Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.
  • A person without memory is either a child or an amnesiac. A country without memory is neither a child nor an amnesiac, but neither is it a country.
  • [on 'George S. Kaufman' ] He was the kind of man I'd go over a cliff for.
  • There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who's Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a Mary Astor Type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who's Mary Astor?
  • At Metro, you practically had to go to the front office if you wanted something as real as having your hair mussed. All automobiles were shiny, a picture never hung crooked, a door never squeaked, stocking seams were always straight and no actress ever had a shiny nose.
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