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DiedSeptember 25, 1987, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseThomas Gordon Wheelock, Manuel del Campo, Franklin Thorpe, Kenneth Hawks
FactGave birth to her 2nd child at age 33, a son Anthony "Tono" Paul Del Campo five weeks early in California on June 5, 1939. Child's father is her 3rd [ex] husband, Manuel Del Campo.
PaymentsEarned $1,100 /week from Beau Brummel (1924)

Mary Astor was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon.

Astor was born on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois. Her parents were Otto Ludwig Langhanke and Helen Marie Langhanke. She had two sisters, Dorothy and Helen. Astor’s father was a German immigrant and her mother was of German descent. Astor was raised in a Lutheran household.

Astor began her career as a child actress in the silent film The Awful Truth. She appeared in a number of films throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Astor’s most famous role was as Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.

Astor’s career declined in the 1940s. She appeared in a number of low-budget films and television shows. Astor retired from acting in 1964.

Astor was married three times. Her first husband was Franklyn Thorpe. They were married from 1924 to 1929. Her second husband was George H. Marshall. They were married from 1932 to 1945. Astor’s third husband was Robert Walker. They were married from 1945 to his death in 1951. Astor had two children, Anthony and Patricia.

Astor died on September 25, 1987 at the age of 81.

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Full NameMary Astor
DiedSeptember 25, 1987, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.68 m
ProfessionActor, Writer


SpouseThomas Gordon Wheelock, Manuel del Campo, Franklin Thorpe, Kenneth Hawks
ChildrenMarylyn Hauoli Thorpe, Tono del Campo
ParentsOtto Ludwig Langhanke, Helen Marie de Vasconcellos


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
MoviesThe Maltese Falcon, The Great Lie, Dodsworth, Meet Me in St. Louis, Across the Pacific, Red Dust, The Palm Beach Story, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Little Women, Act of Violence, The Kennel Murder Case, Don Juan, Beau Brummel, Behind Office Doors, The Hurricane, Return to Peyton Place, The Prison...

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Beau Brummel (1924)$1,100 /week
Second Fiddle (1923)$750 /week
John Smith (1922)$60 /week


1At 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.
2There 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?
3[on George S. Kaufman] He was the kind of man I'd go over a cliff for.
4A 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.
5Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.
6[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.
7It's not good to make sentimental journeys. You see the differences instead of the sameness.
8I was never totally involved in movies. I was just making my father's dream come true.
9A painter paints, a musician plays, a writer writes - but a movie actor waits.


1Grandmother to Krystin (b. August 29, 1970) and Michael (b. December 11, 1974) via son Tono and his wife, Patrica Leuty.
2Grandmother to Frances (b. March 11, 1951), Clare (b. July 16, 1955), Gabrielle (b. October 15, 1957) and John (b. November 28, 1961) via daughter Marylyn and her husband, Frank Roh.
3Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 33, a son Anthony "Tono" Paul Del Campo five weeks early in California on June 5, 1939. Child's father is her 3rd [ex] husband, Manuel Del Campo.
4Gave birth to her 1st child at age 26, a daughter Marylyn Hauoli Thorpe two months early in Hawaii on June 15, 1932. Child's father is her 2nd [ex] husband, Dr. Franklyn Thorpe.
5Became pregnant by her 1st husband Kenneth Hawks in July 1928 but she underwent an abortion.
6Although "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" will show as Miss Astor's final film on a chronological list of her work, "Youngblood Hawke" was actually the last film she worked on. "Hawke" was released on November 4, 1964, before "Charlotte"; which was released about 7 weeks later, on December 24.
7In March 2014, she was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month.
8Her nickname "Rusty" came from her dark auburn hair. One fan magazine described her hair color as "Titian, which photographs black, and her eyes are very dark".
9Following her death, she was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
10She died only seven days before her The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) co-star Madeleine Carroll.
11Was 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.
12Had appeared with Henry O'Neill in five films: The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The World Changes (1933), The Man with Two Faces (1934), Upperworld (1934) and Dinky (1935).
13She 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, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.
14According 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.
15Thanked both Bette Davis and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in her acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1941 for The Great Lie (1941).
16Bette 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.
17Was almost fired from Dodsworth (1936) following the revelation of her affair with George S. Kaufman, but Samuel Goldwyn insisted she remain in the picture.
18Converted to Roman Catholicism in 1951 following a suicide attempt.
19Having suffered from alcoholism for 20 years, Astor finally checked into a sanitarium for alcoholics in 1949.
20Lived 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.
21After shooting Little Women (1949), Astor decided against renewing her contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as she had grown tired of playing humdrum mothers.
22Her father Otto died in February 1943 of a heart attack and her mother Helen died in January 1947 of a heart ailment.
23Lived with her close friend Florence Eldridge and her husband Fredric March following the sudden death of her husband Kenneth Hawks.
24Gave birth to her daughter Marylyn two months premature on her yacht in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both mother and daughter almost lost their lives.
25She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6701 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
26Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 38-40. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
27Acording 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.
28Sister-in-law of Howard Hawks and William B. Hawks, cousin-in-law of Carole Lombard.
29In 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.
30Attended and graduated from Kenwood-Loring School in Chicago, Illinois.
31WAMPAS Baby Star on 1926.




Lady from Nowhere1936Polly Dunlap
Dodsworth1936Edith Cortright
Trapped by Television1936Barbara 'Bobby' Blake
And So They Were Married1936Edith Farnham
The Murder of Dr. Harrigan1936Lillian Cooper
Man of Iron1935Vida
Page Miss Glory1935Gladys
Dinky1935Mrs. Martha Daniels
Straight from the Heart1935Marian Henshaw
Red Hot Tires1935Patricia Sanford
I Am a Thief1934Odette
The Case of the Howling Dog1934Bessie Foley
The Man with Two Faces1934Jessica Wells
Return of the Terror1934Olga Morgan
Upper World1934Hettie Stream
Easy to Love1934Charlotte
Convention City1933Arlene Dale
The World Changes1933Virginia 'Ginny' Clafflin Nordholm
The Kennel Murder Case1933Hilda Lake
Jennie Gerhardt1933Letty Pace
The Little Giant1933Ruth Wayburn
Red Dust1932Barbara Willis
A Successful Calamity1932Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton
Those We Love1932May Ballard
The Lost Squadron1932Follette
Men of Chance1931Marthe
Smart Woman1931Mrs. Nancy Gibson
White Shoulders1931Norma Selbee
The Sin Ship1931Frisco Kitty
Behind Office Doors1931Mary Linden
Other Men's Women1931Lily
The Royal Bed1931Princess Anne
The Lash1930Dona Rosita Garcia
Holiday1930Julia Seton
Ladies Love Brutes1930Mimi Howell
The Runaway Bride1930Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild
The Show of Shows1929Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
The Woman from Hell1929Dee Renaud
New Year's Eve1929Marjorie Ware
Romance of the Underworld1928Judith Andrews
Dry Martini1928Elizabeth Quimby
Heart to Heart1928Princess Delatorre / Ellen Guthrie
Three-Ring Marriage1928Anna
Dressed to Kill1928Jean MacDonald
Sailors' Wives1928Carol Trent
No Place to Go1927Sally Montgomery
The Rough Riders1927Dolly
Rose of the Golden West1927Elena
Two Arabian Knights1927Mirza
The Sunset Derby1927Molly Gibson
The Sea Tiger1927Amy Cortissos
Forever After1926Jennie Clayton
Don Juan1926Adriana della Varnese
The Wise Guy1926Mary
High Steppers1926Audrey Nye
Scarlet Saint1925Fidele Tridon
The Pace That Thrills1925Doris
Don Q Son of Zorro1925Dolores de Muro
Playing with Souls1925Margo
Enticement1925Leonore Bewlay
Oh, Doctor!1925Dolores Hicks
Inez from Hollywood1924Fay Bartholdi
The Price of a Party1924Alice Barrows
Unguarded Women1924Helen Castle
The Fighting Adventurer1924Mary O'Mallory
Beau Brummel1924Lady Margery Alvanley
The Fighting Coward1924Lucy
To the Ladies1923Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Woman-Proof1923Violet Lynwood
The Marriage Maker1923Vivian Hope-Clarke
Puritan Passions1923Rachel
The Bright Shawl1923Narcissa Escobar
Success1923Rose Randolph
Second Fiddle1923Polly Crawford
The Angelus1922Bit Part (uncredited)
The Rapids1922Elsie Worden
The Man Who Played God1922Young Woman
Hope1922ShortJoan - the Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
John Smith1922Irene Mason
The Young Painter1922ShortHelen Seymour
Bullets or Ballots1921Bit Part (uncredited)
Wings of the Border1921Short
The Beggar Maid1921ShortPeasant Girl / Beggar Maid
My Lady o' the Pines1921ShortNorah Collison
Sentimental Tommy1921scenes deleted
Brother of the Bear1921ShortMarcia Hawthorne
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte1964Jewel Mayhew
Youngblood Hawke1964Irene Perry
Ben Casey1963TV SeriesDame Clorissa Rose Genet
Burke's Law1963TV SeriesFlorence Roberts
Dr. Kildare1962-1963TV SeriesAunt Frances / Martha Lantzinge
The Defenders1963TV SeriesFlora Goode
Checkmate1962TV SeriesEsther Brack
Return to Peyton Place1961Mrs. Roberta Carter
Rawhide1961TV SeriesEmma Cardwell
Thriller1960TV SeriesRose French
Playhouse 901957-1960TV SeriesHelen May Whitfield Eileen Bavister Sylvia ...
Buick-Electra Playhouse1960TV Series
The Snows of Kilimanjaro1960TV Movie
The United States Steel Hour1955-1960TV SeriesLydia Chalmers / Mrs. Wickens / Isabelle Lagarde
The Philadelphia Story1959TV MovieMargaret Lord
General Electric Theater1959TV SeriesBea Hicks
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1958-1959TV SeriesGrace Dolan / Mrs. Fenimore
A Stranger in My Arms1959Mrs. Virgilnie Beasley
U.S. Marshal1958TV SeriesAmy Simmons
This Happy Feeling1958Mrs. Tremaine
Studio One in Hollywood1954-1958TV SeriesHarriet Brand / Ruth Sparling
The Devil's Hairpin1957Mrs. Jargin
Climax!1955-1957TV SeriesClarissa Bowman / Martha / Ethel Allen / ...
Lux Video Theatre1956-1957TV SeriesMildred Le Brun / Margaret Eliot
Zane Grey Theater1957TV SeriesSarah Simmons
Robert Montgomery Presents1956TV SeriesNorma Desmond
The Power and the Prize1956Mrs. George Salt
Matinee Theatre1956TV Series
A Kiss Before Dying1956Mrs. Corliss
Playwrights '561956TV SeriesGeorgina
Star Stage1956TV SeriesNurse
Studio 571956TV SeriesJulia Kean
Front Row Center1955TV SeriesMillicent Jordan
Justice1955TV Series
The Elgin Hour1955TV SeriesMadge Draper
Producers' Showcase1955TV SeriesNancy Blake
Ponds Theater1955TV Series
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1954TV Series
The Best of Broadway1954TV SeriesMargaret Lord
Danger1954TV Series
Kraft Theatre1954TV Series
Yesterday and Today1953
Any Number Can Play1949Ada
Little Women1949Marmee
Act of Violence1949Pat
Cass Timberlane1947Queenie Havock
Cynthia1947Louise Bishop
Desert Fury1947Fritzi Haller
Fiesta1947Señora Morales
Claudia and David1946Elizabeth Van Doren
Blonde Fever1944Delilah Donay
Meet Me in St. Louis1944Mrs. Anna Smith
Thousands Cheer1943Hyllary Jones
Young Ideas1943Jo Evans
The Palm Beach Story1942The Princess Centimillia
Across the Pacific1942Alberta Marlow
The Maltese Falcon1941Brigid O'Shaughnessy
The Great Lie1941Sandra Kovak
Brigham Young1940Mary Ann Young
Turnabout1940Marion Manning
Midnight1939Helene Flammarion
Listen, Darling1938Dottie Wingate
Woman Against Woman1938Cynthia Holland
There's Always a Woman1938Lola Fraser
Paradise for Three1938Mrs. Irene Mallebre
No Time to Marry1938Kay McGowan
The Hurricane1937Mme. DeLaage
The Prisoner of Zenda1937Antoinette de Mauban


Meet Me in St. Louis1944performer: "You and I" 1944 - uncredited
Listen, Darling1938"On the Bumpy Road to Love" 1938, "Ten Pins in the Sky" 1938 / performer: "On the Bumpy Road to Love" 1938
Red Hot Tires1935performer: "The Bulldog on the Bank" - uncredited
Smart Woman1931"Three Little Words", uncredited
Other Men's Women1931performer: "Wherever You Stray, Wherever You Go" - uncredited


James Dean's Lost Slideshow2013Documentary
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Person to Person1960TV Series documentaryHerself
The Hollywood Gad-About1934Documentary shortHerself (Queen of the Frolic)
A Trip Through the Paramount Studio1927Documentary shortHerself
WAMPAS Baby Stars of 19261926ShortHerself

Archive Footage

Spisok korabley2008DocumentaryMirza
In the Good Old Summertime Intro2004Video documentary shortMrs. Anna Smith
Backstory2001TV Series documentaryJewel Mayhew
Bogart: The Untold Story1996TV Movie documentaryActress in 'The Maltese Falcon' (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryAnna Smith, 'Meet Me in St. Louis' (uncredited)
Northern Exposure1994TV SeriesBrigid O'Shaughnessy
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryClip from 'Listen Darling' (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Golden Years1961TV Movie documentaryAcress 'Don Juan' (uncredited)
Frontier Justice1959TV SeriesSarah Simmons
The Ed Sullivan Show1956TV SeriesHerself
Some of the Greatest1955ShortAdriana
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Memories1951Documentary shortHerself
Breakdowns of 19411941ShortHerself (uncredited)


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At. 6701 Hollywood Blvd.
1942OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Great Lie (1941)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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