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Gertrude Astor (1887–1977)

The first actress to sign a contract with Universal in 1915, Gertrude Astor (born in Ohio as Gertrude Irene Astor) began her career playing trombone and saxophone on a riverboat. Towering over most of her leading men at 5'11", she often played golddiggers, rich socialites or a leading lady's best friend in such one-reeled films and feature length ... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Old Lady
- The Incredible Shrinking Car (1966) ... Old Lady
 1965 The Sound of Music
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Denver Party Guest (uncredited)
 1964 The New Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Ingrid
- Auntie Up (1964) ... Ingrid
 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (uncredited)
 1961 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series)
Matron
- The Trading Stamps (1961) ... Matron
 1961 The Devil's Hand
The Elderly Cultist
 1961 Twenty Plus Two
Julia Joliet (uncredited)
 1961 Two Rode Together
Mrs. Wringle (uncredited)
 1961 All in a Night's Work
Shopper (uncredited)
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Nurse
- Walking Death (1959) ... Nurse
 1957 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
Older Woman
- Attack on Fort Grant (1957) ... Older Woman
 1957 The Oklahoman
Townswoman Gossip (uncredited)
 1956 Westward Ho, the Wagons!
Wagon Woman (uncredited)
 1956 Everything But the Truth
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Extra (uncredited)
 1956 Calling Homicide
Nurse (uncredited)
 1956 The Boss
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Member of the Jury
- The Night of January Sixteenth (1956) ... Member of the Jury
 1955 At Gunpoint
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1955 Artists and Models (uncredited)
 1955 How to Be Very, Very Popular (uncredited)
 1955 Wichita
Saloon Madame (uncredited)
 1955 Daddy Long Legs
Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
 1955 Untamed
Ball Guest (uncredited)
 1954 A Star Is Born
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
 1953/I Roar of the Crowd
Miss Adams (uncredited)
 1953 Loose in London
Lady Hightower (uncredited)
 1953 Scared Stiff
Man with Spaghetti's Wife (uncredited)
 1952 Angel Face
Matron (uncredited)
 1952 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Chorus Girl
- Ricky Loses His Voice (1952) ... Chorus Girl
 1952 The Rose Bowl Story
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1952 Paula
Mrs. Brown (uncredited)
 1952 Jet Job
Dance Partner
 1952 Scandal Sheet
Neighbor (uncredited)
 1951 Elopement
Mother (uncredited)
 1951 Crazy Over Horses
Elderly Woman (uncredited)
 1951 The Barefoot Mailman (uncredited)
 1951 Disc Jockey
Elderly Woman (uncredited)
 1951 Havana Rose
Matron (uncredited)
 1951 Thunder on the Hill
Village Woman (uncredited)
 1951 Chain of Circumstance
Mrs. Sykes (uncredited)
 1951 A Place in the Sun
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1951 When Worlds Collide
Traveler (uncredited)
 1951 Apache Drums
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1951 The Redhead and the Cowboy
Goldie (uncredited)
 1950 Again... Pioneers
Mrs. Irma Jans
 1950 All About Eve
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
 1950 Sunset Blvd.
Courtier (uncredited)
 1950 Father Makes Good
Librarian (uncredited)
 1950 Woman in Hiding
Woman in Drugstore (uncredited)
 1950 Montana
Woman (uncredited)
 1950 The File on Thelma Jordon
Juror (uncredited)
 1949 The Story of Seabiscuit
Oscar's Wife (uncredited)
 1949 Mary Ryan, Detective
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1949 Down Dakota Way
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (uncredited)
 1949 Impact
Note-Taking Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)
 1948 3 Godfathers
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1948 My Dear Secretary
Miss Gee (uncredited)
 1948 Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
Mrs. Howard
 1948 Music Man
Mrs. Larkin
 1948 Jinx Money
Bank Customer (uncredited)
 1948 Here Comes Trouble
Woman with Dog (uncredited)
 1948 Sitting Pretty
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1947 'Fun on a Week-End'
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1947 Calcutta
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
 1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
 1946 Sister Kenny
Doctor (uncredited)
 1946 Crack-Up
Nagging Wife on Train (uncredited)
 1946 Dragonwyck
Nurse (uncredited)
 1945 Dick Tracy
Woman (uncredited)
 1945 An Angel Comes to Brooklyn
Eva Tanguay (uncredited)
 1945 Man Alive
Madam Zorada (uncredited)
 1945 Allotment Wives
Marlyn (uncredited)
 1945 Girls of the Big House
Railroad Matron (uncredited)
 1945 Swingin' on a Rainbow
Bit (uncredited)
 1945 Guest Wife
Outraged Woman in Night Club (uncredited)
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1944 Lights of Old Santa Fe
Medley Market Show Spectator (uncredited)
 1944 The Climax
Woman in Audience Behind Franz (uncredited)
 1944 The Scarlet Claw
Lady Lillian Gentry Penrose (uncredited)
 1944 Weird Woman
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1943 The Kansan
Blonde Townswoman (uncredited)
 1943 Petticoat Larceny
Woman on Street (uncredited)
 1943 The Avenging Rider
Martha (uncredited)
 1943 Idaho
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1942 Lost Canyon
Mrs. Anson (uncredited)
 1942 Red River Robin Hood
Paul's Wife (uncredited)
 1942 Rough on Rents (Short)
Miss Finch, Landlady
 1942 Moontide
Woman (uncredited)
 1942 Rings on Her Fingers
Tall Woman Exiting Ladies Lounge (uncredited)
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Ball Guest (uncredited)
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
Wife (uncredited)
 1942 Frisco Lil
Blackjack Kibitzer (uncredited)
 1942 Lady for a Night
Woman (uncredited)
 1941 How Green Was My Valley
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1941 Hold Back the Dawn
Young Woman in Bar (uncredited)
 1940 Misbehaving Husbands
Gossiping Friend
 1939 The Llano Kid
Saloon Hostess (uncredited)
 1939 $1000 a Touchdown
McGlen Wife (uncredited)
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
Dame (uncredited)
 1939 The Women
Mud Bath Nurse (uncredited)
 1938 Tassels in the Air (Short)
Louella Pindell (uncredited)
 1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938
Woman (uncredited)
 1937 Wells Fargo
Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
 1937 All Over Town
Mamie
 1937 The Man Who Cried Wolf
Landlady (uncredited)
 1937 Souls at Sea
Barmaid (uncredited)
 1937 Easy Living
Saleswoman (uncredited)
 1936 Empty Saddles
Eloise Hayes
 1936 Great Guy
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1936 Our Relations
Extra in Pirate's Club (uncredited)
 1936 Magnificent Brute
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1936 Straight from the Shoulder (uncredited)
 1936 Postal Inspector
Woman with Drumsticks (uncredited)
 1936 His Brother's Wife (uncredited)
 1936 San Francisco
Drunk's Girl (uncredited)
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld
Sassy Blonde Anna Held Audience Member (uncredited)
 1936 The Milky Way
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1936 The Mysterious Avenger
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1935 I Don't Remember (Short)
Sophie Glick
 1935 Manhattan Monkey Business (Short)
Gwendolyn, Surly Patron's Blonde Girlfriend (uncredited)
 1935 Bad Boy
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1935 It's in the Air (uncredited)
 1935 Cappy Ricks Returns
Speaker (uncredited)
 1935 Here Comes the Band (uncredited)
 1935 Broadway Melody of 1936
Actress in Bob Gordon's Waiting Room (uncredited)
 1935 Dante's Inferno
Concessionaire's Wife (uncredited)
 1935 Honeymoon Limited
Lady Devonshire
 1935 No More Ladies
Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
 1935 Border Brigands
Big Six -Saloon Girl
 1935 Four Hours to Kill!
Little Girl's Mother
 1935 The Drunkard
Peggy
 1935 Okay Toots! (Short)
Woman on Street (uncredited)
 1935 Northern Frontier
Mae
 1934 Sweet Adeline
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1934 The Mighty Barnum
Woman in Museum (uncredited)
 1934 The Chases of Pimple Street (Short)
Gertrude Astor, Lucas' Fiancee (uncredited)
 1934 Tailspin Tommy
Fake Office Nurse / Taggart's Date - Chs. 7, 9
 1934 Washee Ironee (Short)
Woman Hit in Back with Ice Cream
 1934 Now I'll Tell
Freddie's wife (scenes deleted)
 1934 I'll Take Vanilla (Short)
Junior's Mother (uncredited)
 1934 Guilty Parents
Marie
 1933 Carnival Lady
Zandra, Fortune Teller
 1933 Crook's Tour (Short)
Mrs. Dorigan
 1933 Ship of Wanted Men
Vera
 1933 I Have Lived
Harriet Naisson
 1933 The Plumber and the Lady (Short)
Mrs. Otto Mauser
 1933 Wine, Women and Song
Jennie Tilson
 1932 Frisco Jenny
Miss Beulah (uncredited)
 1932 Hesitating Love (Short)
 1932 Flaming Gold
Escort Service Madam (uncredited)
 1932 The Western Limited
Mrs. Winters
 1932 High Hats and Low Brows (Short)
Mrs. Billingsgate
 1932 While Paris Sleeps (uncredited)
 1932 They Never Come Back
Kate
 1932 In Walked Charley (Short)
Gertrude Henderson, Jackie's Mother
 1931 Wedding Belles (Short)
 1931 Come Clean (Short)
Mrs. Hardy
 1931 Poker Widows (Short)
Mrs. Thomas Regan
 1931 Hell Bound
Rosie
 1931 Twisted Tales (Short)
 1931 Finger Prints
Jane Madden
 1930 Over the Radio (Short)
 1930 The Doctor's Wife (Short)
 1930 The Boss's Orders (Short)
 1930 Live and Learn (Short)
 1930 Dames Ahoy
The Blonde
 1930 Be Yourself!
Lillian
 1929 Untamed
Mrs. Mason
 1929 Frozen Justice
Moosehide Kate
 1929 Twin Beds
Mrs. Solari
 1929 The Fall of Eve
Mrs. Ford
 1929 Two Weeks Off
Agnes
 1929 Synthetic Sin
Sheila Kelly
 1928 Chasing Husbands (Short)
 1928 A Woman of Affairs
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1928 The Naughty Duchess
Ninon
 1928 Stocks and Blondes
Goldie
 1928 The Butter and Egg Man
Fanny Lehman
 1928 Hit of the Show
Trece
 1928 Five and Ten Cent Annie
Blonde
 1928 The Family Group (Short)
 1928 Rose-Marie
Wanda
 1927 Oh, What a Man! (Short)
The Bandit
 1927 The Small Bachelor
Fanny
 1927 Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mrs. St. Clare (uncredited)
 1927 The Irresistible Lover
Dolly Carleton
 1927 Pretty Clothes
Rose Dunbar
 1927 Shanghaied
Bessie
 1927 The Cat and the Canary
Cecily
 1927 The Taxi Dancer
Kitty Lane
 1927 Lightning Lariats
Girl
 1926 The Cheerful Fraud
Rose
 1926 Sin Cargo
Mary Wickham
 1926 The Country Beyond
Mrs. Andrews
 1926 The Old Soak
Sylvia De Costa
 1926 Dame Chance
Nina Carrington
 1926 The Strong Man
'Lily' of Broadway
 1926 Don Juan's Three Nights
Baroness von Minden
 1926 The Boy Friend
Mrs. White
 1926 Kiki
Paulette Mascar
 1926 Wife Tamers (Short)
Mrs. Barry
 1926 Dizzy Daddies (Short)
A Former Flame
 1926 Behind the Front
French barmaid
 1925 Ship of Souls
Doris Barnes
 1925 Laughing Ladies (Short)
The Married Man's Wife
 1925 Borrowed Finery
Maisie
 1925 Satan in Sables
Dolores Sierra
 1925 Kentucky Pride
Mrs. Beaumont
 1925 Pursued
Madame La Grande
 1925 The Verdict
Mrs. Ronsard
 1925 The Charmer
Bertha Sedgwick
 1925 Folly of Youth
Evelyn Cartwright
 1925 The Reckless Sex
Lucile Dupré
 1925 Easy Money
Ellen Hale
 1924 Robes of Sin
Adelaide Thomas
 1924 The Silent Watcher
Mrs. Steele
 1924 All's Swell on the Ocean (Short)
 1924 The Torrent
The Cast-Off
 1924 Fight and Win
 1924 Daring Love
Music
 1924 Broadway or Bust
Mrs. Dean Smythe
 1924 Secrets
Mrs. Manwaring
 1923 The Wanters
Mrs. Van Pelt
 1923 Flaming Youth
Annie
 1923 The Six-Fifty
Christine Palmer
 1923 Rupert of Hentzau
Paula
 1922 The Ninety and Nine
Kate Van Dyke
 1922 You Never Know
Miriam Folansbee
 1922 The Impossible Mrs. Bellew
Alice Granville
 1922 Lorna Doone
Countess of Brandir (uncredited)
 1922 The Kentucky Derby
Helen Gordon
 1922 Skin Deep
Mrs. Carlson
 1922 Hurricane's Gal
Phyllis Fairfield
 1922 Beyond the Rocks
Morella Winmarleigh
 1922 Seeing's Believing
Aunt Sue
 1922 The Wall Flower
Pamela Shiel
 1921 Lucky Carson
Madame Marinoff
 1921 Her Mad Bargain
Ruth Beresford
 1921 Who Am I?
Victoria Danforth
 1921 Through the Back Door
Louise Reeves
 1921 The Concert
Eva
 1920 The Branding Iron
Betty Morena
 1920 Occasionally Yours
Mona
 1920 Burning Daylight
Lucille
 1919 The Lion Man
Celeste La Rue
 1919 The Trembling Hour
Mrs. Byrnie
 1919 Loot
Lady Gwendolyn
 1919 Missing Husband (Short)
 1919 Pretty Smooth
Mrs. Hanson
 1919 Destiny
Loraine Haswell
 1919 What Am I Bid?
Diana Newlands
 1919 The Wife Breakers (Short)
 1919 Lay Off! (Short)
 1919 Mixed Tales (Short)
 1919 Tapering Fingers (Short)
 1918 Maid Wanted (Short)
 1918 The Brazen Beauty
Mrs. Augusta Van Ruysdael
 1918 Shot in the Dumbwaiter (Short)
Mrs. Downs
 1918 After the War
 1918/I Mum's the Word (Short)
 1918 The Lion's Claws
Lady Mary Leighton
 1918 Pink Pajamas (Short)
 1918 The Girl Who Wouldn't Quit
Stella Carter
 1918 The Great Sea Scandal (Short)
 1918 Vamping the Vamp (Short)
The Vamp
 1918 The Guy and the Geyser (Short)
 1917 Bucking Broadway
Gladys (uncredited)
 1917 The Lash of Power
Phyllis Ward
 1917 The Price of a Good Time
Mis Schyler
 1917 Bondage
Eugenia Darth
 1917 The Girl Who Won Out
Mrs. Walsh
 1917 The Golden Heart (Short)
 1917 Cheyenne's Pal (Short)
Girl from dancing hall
 1917 The Rescue
Mrs. Hendricks
 1917 The Gray Ghost
Lady Gwendolyn
 1917 The Little Orphan
Emmeline Warren
 1917 Heart of Gold (Short)
Rich Mans Wife
 1917 By Speshul Delivery (Short)
 1917 A Darling in Buckskin (Short)
 1917 Follow the Tracks (Short)
 1917 A Startling Climax (Short)
 1917 Polly Redhead
Lady Caroline
 1917 The Scarlet Crystal
Helen Forbes
 1917 Some Specimens (Short)
 1917 The Devil's Pay Day
Hazel Davidson
 1917 Bombs and Banknotes (Short)
 1916 The Shadows of Suspicion (Short)
 1915 Under Two Flags (Short)
Venetia
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Alternate Names:

Gertrude Aster

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

Books and personal contacts, coupled with travel, will give you an education that you cannot forget. See more »

Trivia:

According to Joe Collura in his in-depth Gertrude Astor article found on the pages of Classic Images (April, 2014), the actress ran away from home at the age of 12 and joined a musical troupe in the next town where she learned how to play the trombone and saxophone. See more »

Nickname:

Gertie

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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