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Mary Astor

Mary Astor


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Woman Against... "You've changed my mind for me so often it's a miracle I've got one left."... more info $16.46was $21.99 Buy Now

Smart Woman ... Gregory La Cava directs Mary Astor in this wise and witty drawing-room war of... more info $18.95was $21.99 Buy Now

Red Hot Tires ... South American car-racing champ Bulldog Banks (Lyle Talbot) has a secret - he's... more info $18.95was $21.99 Buy Now

Easy to Love ... William Keighley directs this frothy comedy that came out just as the Production... more info $18.95was $21.99 Buy Now

The Great Lie ... Tempestuous, ambitious concert pianist Sandra Kovac (Mary Astor) shares a bond... more info $14.36was $17.99 Buy Now

TCM Greatest... "They Drive by Night" (1940) is a gritty and compelling road drama starring... more info $14.96was $19.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: September 25, 1987
Born: May 3, 1906 Cause of Death: complications resulting from emphysema
Birth Place: Quincy, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) as Mrs. Jewel Mayhew
A wealthy southern spinster fights to keep her family''''s secrets hidden.
Youngblood Hawke (1964) as Irene Perry
A novelist exercises a powerful spell over every woman he meets.
Return to Peyton Place (1961) as Roberta Carter
When one of the denizens of a small New England town writes a book--a slightly cloaked depiction of her hometown--she unleashes the wrath of her fellow townsfolk.
A Stranger in My Arms (1959) as Mrs. [Virginie] Beasley
This Happy Feeling (1958) as Margaret Tremaine
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 for help is the home of a retired actor and there she spends the rest of the night. He makes no passes and next morning she discovers young man who drove her from party is next door neighbor. The two men compete for her affections. Older man's zany live-in house-keeper and a seagull she has rescued provide comic relief.
The Devil's Hairpin (1957) as Mrs. Jargin
A Kiss Before Dying (1956) as Mrs. Corliss
A college student tries to get rich quick by wooing two wealthy sisters.
The Power and the Prize (1956) as Mrs. George Salt
An ambitious executive jeopardizes his career to marry a European refugee.
Any Number Can Play (1949) as Ada
The owner of a gambling casino tries to win back his estranged wife and child.
Little Women (1949) as Marmee
The four daughters of a New England family fight for happiness during and after the Civil War.
Act of Violence (1949) as Pat
An embittered veteran tracks down a POW camp informer.
Cass Timberlane (1948) as Queenie Havock
An aging judge creates a scandal when he marries a younger woman from the wrong side of the tracks.
Cynthia (1947) as Louise Bishop
A sheltered girl uses music as a means of winning her independence.
Fiesta (1947) as Senora Morales
A Mexican beauty replaces her toreador brother in the bull ring so he can pursue his musical career.
Desert Fury (1947) as Fritzie Haller
Fritzi Haller is a powerful casino owner in Chuckawalla, Nevada. Her daughter Paula (having quit school) returns at the same time as racketeer Eddie Bendix, who left under suspicion of murdering his wife. Paula and Eddie become involved; each for their own reasons, Fritzi, Paula's old beau Tom, and Eddie's pal Johnny try to break up the relationship. Then Eddie's past catches up with him in an unexpected way.
Claudia and David (1946) as Elizabeth van Doren
Follow-up to hit film Claudia (1943) finds title characters (Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young) dealing with the ups and downs of marriage and parenthood in their rural Connecticut town. Illness, accidents, and jealousy plague the young couple as they learn to weather life.
Blonde Fever (1945) as Delilah Donay
A woman fights to save her husband from a sluttish waitress.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) as Mrs. Anna Smith
Young love and childish fears highlight a year in the life of a turn-of-the-century family.
Thousands Cheer (1944) as Hyllary Jones
An egotistical acrobat joins the Army and falls in love with his commander''''s daughter.
Young Ideas (1943) as Jo[sephine] Evans [Kingsley]
A widow's grown children try to break up her romance with a college professor.
Across the Pacific (1942) as Alberta Marlow
An American agent tries to keep Axis spies from blowing up the Panama Canal.
The Palm Beach Story (1942) as The Princess [Maud] Centimillia
To finance her husband's career, a married woman courts an eccentric millionaire.
The Great Lie (1941) as Sandra [Kovak]
Believing her husband to be dead, a flyer's wife bargains with his former love to adopt the woman's baby.
The Maltese Falcon (1941) as Brigid O'Shaughnessy [also known as Miss Wonderly]
Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue.
Turnabout (1940) as Marion Manning
Battling spouses accidentally switch bodies.
Brigham Young--Frontiersman (1940) as Mary Ann Young
Two young Mormons struggle to survive their people''''s journey to a new home in the West.
Midnight (1939) as Helene Flammarion
An unemployed showgirl poses as Hungarian royalty to infiltrate Parisian society.
Paradise for Three (1938) as Mrs. [Irene] Mallebre
A businessman mingles with German laborers to learn more about their lives.
There's Always a Woman (1938) as Lola Fraser
While working on a simple case, married private eyes uncover a murder.
No Time to Marry (1938) as Kay McGowan
Woman Against Woman (1938) as Cynthia Holland
A divorcee decides she wants her husband back after he''''s re-married.
Listen, Darling (1938) as [Dorothy] Dotty Wingate
Two children try to find a new husband for their widowed mother.
The Hurricane (1937) as Mme. [Germaine] DeLaage
A Polynesian escapes prison to return home during a raging storm.
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) as Antoinette de Mauban
An Englishman who resembles the king of a small European nation gets mixed up in palace intrigue when his look-alike is kidnapped.
Trapped by Television (1936) as Barbara "Bobby" Blake
An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention.
Lady from Nowhere (1936) as Polly Dunlop, also known as Dorothy Barnes
And So They Were Married (1936) as Edith Farnham
The children of a divorcee and a widower try to keep their parents apart.
The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936) as Lillian Cooper
A doctor investigates the murder of a colleague involved in experimental surgery.
Dodsworth (1936) as Edith Cortwright
A husband whose wife left him looks for new love in Europe.
Straight from the Heart (1935) as Marian Henshaw
Page Miss Glory (1935) as Gladys
A con artist creates a composite photo to win a beauty contest, then has to find the real thing.
Red Hot Tires (1935) as Patricia Sanford
A race-car driver wrongly convicted of murder escapes prison to prove his innocence.
Man of Iron (1935) as Vida
A steel worker rises to the boardroom but longs for his former life.
Dinky (1935) as Mrs. [Martha] Daniels
A military school cadet''''s mother is framed and sent to prison.
Upper World (1934) as Mrs. [Hettie] Stream
A wealthy man escapes his wife's social pretensions in the arms of a burlesque queen.
Easy to Love (1934) as Charlotte [Hopkins]
When she thinks her husband has been unfaithful, a woman claims to be having an affair of her own.
I Am a Thief (1934) as Odette [Mauclair]
A man dodges jewel thieves while carrying a fortune in diamonds on the Orient Express.
Return of the Terror (1934) as Olga [Morgan]
The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) as Bessie Foley
Perry Mason gets caught between feuding neighbors who claim to be married to the same woman.
The Man with Two Faces (1934) as Jessica [Wells]
An actor uses his skills to protect his sister from her sinister husband.
The Little Giant (1933) as Ruth Wayburn
When Prohibition ends, a bootlegger tries to break into high society.
The Kennel Murder Case (1933) as Hilda Lake
Society sleuth Philo Vance investigates a murder tied to a Long Island dog show.
The World Changes (1933) as Virginia [Nordholm]
When a farmer strikes it rich in business, success goes to his head.
Jennie Gerhardt (1933) as Letty Pace
Convention City (1933) as Arline Dale
The Lost Squadron (1932) as Follette [Marsh]
Veteran flyers from World War I find work as movie stuntmen.
A Successful Calamity (1932) as Emmy Wilton
A family pulls together to help a member in financial trouble.
Men of Chance (1932) as Marthe Preston Silk
Gamblers go after a man with a knack for picking winning horses.
Those We Love (1932) as May [Ballard Williston]
A young author meets and marries the woman who bought the first copy of his new book. They live happily with their son, but some time later, as the husband is moving into the family's new home, a woman in the neighborhood tries to seduce him. Although he resists, his wife becomes very suspicious, and her distrust threatens to ruin the whole family.
Red Dust (1932) as Barbara Willis
A plantation overseer in Indochina is torn between a married woman and a lady of the evening.
White Shoulders (1931) as Norma Selbee Kent
The Sin Ship (1931) as "Frisco" Kitty
A ship''''s captain fights to protect a female passenger from his crew.
The Royal Bed (1931) as Princess Anne
A European king tries to settles his family's problems while fighting off a peasant revolt.
Other Men's Women (1931) as Lily
A railroad engineer falls for a co-worker's wife.
Smart Woman (1931) as Nancy Gibson
A woman plots to make her cheating husband jealous.
Behind Office Doors (1931) as Mary Linden
An under-appreciated secretary finds a new job and takes her former boss''''s success with her.
The Lash (1930) as Rosita GarcĂ­a
A Spanish nobleman in Southern California turns to robbery to help the peasants.
Holiday (1930) as Julia Seton
The Runaway Bride (1930) as Mary Gray
A criminal gang goes after the jewels their dying leader stashed in a woman''''s handbag.
Ladies Love Brutes (1930) as Mimi Howell
New Year's Eve (1929) as Marjorie Ware
The Woman From Hell (1929) as Bee
Dee Renaud is a girl playing the "Devil" in an amusement concession at a beach resort. Slick Glicks, the barker, promises the yokels that if they're able to catch the "Lady From Hell," she will reward them with a kiss. But when Glicks tries to go beyond kissing, Dee is rescued by Jim Coakley, son of a New England lighthouse keeper. She marries him out of gratitude and they move to his home on an island off the rockbound coast. Dee tries to convince Jim's salty old father, Pat, that she'll be a good and faithful wife. But she's a passionate woman with a bit of the devil in her, and she flirts with Jim's best friend Alf, who invites her to elope to Havana with him. When Pat is incapacitated, however, Dee loyally remains in the lighthouse to operate the beam and avert a shipwreck.
Dressed To Kill (1928) as Jeanne
Three-Ring Marriage (1928) as Anna
Romance of the Underworld (1928) as Judith Andrews
Sailors' Wives (1928) as Carol Trent
Heart to Heart (1928) as Princess Delatorre/Ellen Gutherie
Dry Martini (1928) as Elisabeth Quimby
Don Juan (1927) as Adriana Della Varnese
In this silent film, the legendary lover fights to survive intrigue in the court of the Borgias.
The Rough Riders (1927) as Dolly
No Place To Go (1927) as Sally Montgomery
The Sunset Derby (1927) as Molly Gibson
Two Arabian Knights (1927) as Anis Bin Adham [Mirza]
In this silent film, two American soldiers fight to escape the Germans while squabbling over a beautiful harem girl during World War I.
The Sea Tiger (1927) as Amy
Rose of the Golden West (1927) as Elena
The Wise Guy (1926) as Mary
Forever After (1926) as Jennie Clayton
High Steppers (1926) as Audrey Nye
Enticement (1925) as Leonore Bewlay
Scarlet Saint (1925) as Fidele Tridon
Don Q, Son of Zorro (1925) as Dolores de Muro
Don Cesar de Vega, son of Zorro, is in Spain for his education. By way of education, he duels with Don Sebastian of the Queen's Guard (soon to be his rival for the hand of lovely Dolores de Muro), makes love, and befriends the visiting Archduke of Austria. But a quarrel ending in violence gives Don Sebastian the chance to dispose of his framing him for murder! Feigning suicide, Cesar escapes. Being a chip off the old block, a whip-wielding outlaw (this being his weapon rather than the sword) sets out to clear the name of Vega...
Oh, Doctor (1925) as Dolores Hicks
Playing With Souls (1925) as Margo
The Pace That Thrills (1925) as Doris
Beau Brummel (1924) as Lady Margery Alvanley
In this silent film, the legendary dandy takes on British society to court a lady above his station.
The Fighting American (1924) as Mary O'Mallory
The Fighting Coward (1924) as Lucy
Inez From Hollywood (1924) as Fay Bartholdi
The Price of a Party (1924) as Alice Barrows
Unguarded Women (1924) as Helen Castle
Success (1923) as Rose Randolph
The Bright Shawl (1923) as Narcissa Escobar, their daughter
Charles Abbott is a wealthy adventurer in Cuba of the 1850s. He is in love with Narcissa but goes after La Clavel to obtain information on the Spanish. He becomes implicated in the death of his friend Escobar, brother of Narcissa.
The Marriage Maker (1923) as Vivian Hope-Clarke
Woman-Proof (1923) as Violet Lynwood
Hollywood (1923) as
Angela comes to Hollywood with only two things: Her dream to become a movie star, and Grandpa. She leaves an Aunt, a brother, Grandma, and her longtime boyfriend back in Centerville. Despite seeing major movie stars around every corner, and knocking on every casting office door in town, at the end of her first day she is still unemployed. To her horror, when she arrives back at their hotel, she finds that Grandpa has been cast in a movie by William DeMille and quickly becomes a star during the ensuing weeks. Her family, worried that Angela and Grandpa are getting into trouble, come to Hollywood to drag them back home. In short order Aunt, Grandma, brother, boyfriend and even the parrot become superstars, but Angela is still unemployed...
Second Fiddle (1923) as Polly Crawford
Puritan Passions (1923) as Rachel
The Man Who Played God (1922) as A young woman
John Smith (1922) as Irene Mason
Rapids, The (1922)

Cast (special)

Philadelphia Story, The (1954) as Margaret Lord
The story of a reporter and a photographer, assigned to cover the fashionable wedding of wealthy Tracy Lord to the snobbish George Kittredge, and the problems that arise when Tracy has second thoughts about George and announces that she still loves her first husband, Dexter Haven. Based on the play

Misc. Crew (short)

Some of the Greatest (1955)
This short film showcases scenes from "Don Juan" (1926), starring John Barrymore.
Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
This short film presents a blooper reel containing clips of various movies from 1941.

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