Mary Astor (1906–1987)

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Mary Astor was born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized Mary's beauty and knowing if they played their cards ... See full bio »

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The Maltese Falcon Brigid O'Shaughnessy
The Great Lie Sandra
Across the Pacific Alberta Marlow
The Palm Beach Story The Princess Centimillia


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 1964 Youngblood Hawke
Irene Perry
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dame Clorissa Rose Genet
- Dispel the Black Cyclone That Shakes the Throne (1963) ... Dame Clorissa Rose Genet
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Florence Roberts
- Who Killed Cable Roberts? (1963) ... Florence Roberts
 1962-1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Aunt Frances / Martha Lantzinge
- Face of Fear (1963) ... Aunt Frances
- Operation: Lazarus (1962) ... Martha Lantzinge
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Flora Goode
- Poltergeist (1963) ... Flora Goode
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Esther Brack
- Brooding Fixation (1962) ... Esther Brack
 1961 Return to Peyton Place
Mrs. Roberta Carter
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Emma Cardwell
- Incident Near the Promised Land (1961) ... Emma Cardwell
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Rose French
- Rose's Last Summer (1960) ... Rose French
 1957-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Helen May Whitfield / Eileen Bavister / Sylvia / ...
- Journey to the Day (1960) ... Helen May Whitfield
- Diary of a Nurse (1959) ... Eileen Bavister
- The Return of Ansel Gibbs (1958) ... Sylvia
- The Troublemakers (1957) ... Mattie Gerrity
- The Ninth Day (1957) ... Virginia Jackson
 1960 Buick-Electra Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Lester
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1960) ... Mrs. Lester
 1960 The Snows of Kilimanjaro (TV Movie)
 1955-1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Lydia Chalmers / Mrs. Wickens / Isabelle Lagarde
- Revolt in Hadley (1960) ... Lydia Chalmers
- The Women of Hadley (1960) ... Lydia Chalmers
- The Littlest Enemy (1958) ... Mrs. Wickens
- The Thief (1955) ... Isabelle Lagarde
 1959 The Philadelphia Story (TV Movie)
Margaret Lord
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Bea Hicks
- The Last Dance (1959) ... Bea Hicks
 1958-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Grace Dolan / Mrs. Fenimore
- The Impossible Dream (1959) ... Grace Dolan
- Mrs. Herman and Mrs. Fenimore (1958) ... Mrs. Fenimore
 1959 A Stranger in My Arms
Mrs. Virgilnie Beasley
 1958 U.S. Marshal (TV Series)
Amy Simmons
- My Sons ... Amy Simmons
 1958 This Happy Feeling
Mrs. Tremaine
 1954-1958 Studio One (TV Series)
Harriet Brand / Ruth Sparling
- The Lonely Stage (1958) ... Harriet Brand
- Jack Sperling, Forty-six (1954) ... Ruth Sparling
 1957 The Devil's Hairpin
Mrs. Jargin
 1955-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Clarissa Bowman / Martha / Ethel Allen / ...
- The High Jungle (1957) ... Clarissa Bowman
- Phone Call for Matthew Quade (1956) ... Martha
- Nightmare by Day (1956) ... Ethel Allen
- Wild Stallion (1955) ... Mrs. Harriss
 1956-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mildred Le Brun / Margaret Eliot
- The Man Who Played God (1957) ... Mildred Le Brun
- The Star (1956) ... Margaret Eliot
 1957 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Sarah Simmons
- Black Is for Grief (1957) ... Sarah Simmons
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Norma Desmond
- Sunset Boulevard (1956) ... Norma Desmond
 1956 The Power and the Prize
Mrs. George Salt
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- The Lovers (1956)
- The Catamaran (1956)
 1956 A Kiss Before Dying
Mrs. Corliss
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
- You and Me and the Gatepost (1956) ... Georgina
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- I Am Her Nurse (1956) ... Nurse
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Julia Kean
- A Farewell Appearance (1956) ... Julia Kean
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Millicent Jordan
- Dinner at Eight (1955) ... Millicent Jordan
 1955 Justice (TV Series)
- Fearful Hour (1955)
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Madge Draper
- The $1,000 Window (1955) ... Madge Draper
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Nancy Blake
- The Women (1955) ... Nancy Blake
 1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- The Hickory Limb (1955)
 1954 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Run, Girl, Run (1954)
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Margaret Lord
- The Philadelphia Story (1954) ... Margaret Lord
 1954 Danger (TV Series)
- Circle of Doom (1954)
 1951-1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Aunt Polly
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1951) ... Aunt Polly
 1949 Any Number Can Play
 1949 Little Women
 1948 Act of Violence
 1947 Cass Timberlane
Queenie Havock
 1947 Cynthia
Louise Bishop
 1947 Desert Fury
Fritzi Haller
 1947 Fiesta
Señora Morales
 1946 Claudia and David
Elizabeth Van Doren
 1944 Blonde Fever
Delilah Donay
 1944 Meet Me in St. Louis
Mrs. Anna Smith
 1943 Thousands Cheer
Hyllary Jones
 1943 Young Ideas
Jo Evans
 1942 Across the Pacific
Alberta Marlow
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
The Princess Centimillia
 1941 The Maltese Falcon
Brigid O'Shaughnessy
 1941 The Great Lie
 1940 Brigham Young
Mary Ann Young
 1940 Turnabout
Marion Manning
 1939 Midnight
Helene Flammarion
 1938 Listen, Darling
Dottie Wingate
 1938 Woman Against Woman
Cynthia Holland
 1938 There's Always a Woman
Lola Fraser
 1938 Paradise for Three
Mrs. Irene Mallebre
 1938 No Time to Marry
Kay McGowan
 1937 The Hurricane
Mme. DeLaage
 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda
Antoinette de Mauban
 1936 Lady from Nowhere
Polly Dunlap
 1936 Dodsworth
Edith Cortright
 1936 Trapped by Television
Barbara 'Bobby' Blake
 1936 And So They Were Married
Edith Farnham
 1936 The Murder of Dr. Harrigan
Lillian Cooper
 1935 Man of Iron
 1935 Page Miss Glory
Gladys Russell
 1935 Dinky
Mrs. Martha Daniels
 1935 Straight from the Heart
Marian Henshaw
 1935 Red Hot Tires
Patricia Sanford
 1934 I Am a Thief
Odette Mauclair
 1934 The Case of the Howling Dog
Bessie Foley
 1934 The Man with Two Faces
Jessica Wells
 1934 Return of the Terror
Olga Morgan
 1934 Upperworld
Hettie Stream
 1934 Easy to Love
 1933 Convention City
Arlene Dale
 1933 The World Changes
Virginia 'Ginny' Clafflin Nordholm
 1933 The Kennel Murder Case
Hilda Lake
 1933 Jennie Gerhardt
Letty Pace
 1933 The Little Giant
Ruth Wayburn
 1932 Red Dust
Barbara Willis
 1932 Those We Love
May Ballard
 1932 A Successful Calamity
Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton
 1932 The Lost Squadron
Follette Marsh
 1931 Men of Chance
 1931 Smart Woman
Mrs. Nancy Gibson
 1931 White Shoulders
Norma Selbee
 1931 The Sin Ship
Frisco Kitty
 1931 Behind Office Doors
Mary Linden
 1931 Other Men's Women
Lily KUlper
 1931 The Royal Bed
Princess Anne
 1930 The Lash
Dona Rosita Garcia
 1930 Holiday
Julia Seton
 1930 Ladies Love Brutes
Mimi Howell
 1930 The Runaway Bride
Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild
 1929 Show of Shows
Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
 1929 The Woman from Hell
Dee Renaud
 1929 New Year's Eve
Marjorie Ware
 1928 Romance of the Underworld
Judith Andrews
 1928 Dry Martini
Elizabeth Quimby
 1928 Heart to Heart
Princess Delatorre / Ellen Guthrie
 1928 3-Ring Marriage
 1928 Dressed to Kill
Jean MacDonald
 1928 Sailors' Wives
Carol Trent
 1927 No Place to Go
Sally Montgomery
 1927 Two Arabian Knights
 1927 The Rough Riders
 1927 The Sunset Derby
Molly Gibson
 1927 The Sea Tiger
Amy Cortissos
 1926 WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1926 (Short)
Mary Astor
 1926 Forever After
Jennie Clayton
 1926 Don Juan
Adriana della Varnese
 1926 The Wise Guy
 1926 High Steppers
Audrey Nye
 1925 Scarlet Saint
Fidele Tridon
 1925 The Pace That Thrills
 1925 Don Q Son of Zorro
Dolores de Muro
 1925 Playing with Souls
 1925 Enticement
Leonore Bewlay
 1925 Oh, Doctor!
Dolores Hicks
 1924 Inez from Hollywood
Fay Bartholdi
 1924 The Price of a Party
Alice Barrows
 1924 Unguarded Women
Helen Castle
 1924 The Fighting Adventurer
Mary O'Mallory
 1924 Beau Brummel
Lady Margery Alvanley
 1924 The Fighting Coward
 1923 To the Ladies
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1923 Woman-Proof
Violet Lynwood
 1923 The Marriage Maker
Vivian Hope-Clarke
 1923 Puritan Passions
 1923 Hollywood
Mary Astor
 1923 The Bright Shawl
Narcissa Escobar
 1923 Success
Rose Randolph
 1923 Second Fiddle
Polly Crawford
 1922 The Angelus
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1922 The Rapids
Elsie Worden
 1922 The Man Who Played God
Young Woman
 1922 Hope (Short)
Joan - the Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
 1922 John Smith
Irene Mason
 1922 The Young Painter (Short)
Helen Seymour
 1921 Bullets or Ballots
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1921 Wings of the Border (Short)
 1921 The Beggar Maid (Short)
Peasant Girl / Beggar Maid
 1921 My Lady o' the Pines (Short)
Norah Collison
 1921 Sentimental Tommy (scenes deleted)
 1921 Brother of the Bear (Short)
Marcia Harthorn
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[on her Little Women (1949) co-stars] The girls all giggled and chattered and made a game of every scene. Taylor [Elizabeth Taylor] was engaged, and in love, and talking on the telephone most of the time (which is fine normally, but not when the production clock is ticking away the company's money). June Allyson chewed gum constantly and irritatingly, and Maggie O'Brien [Margaret O'Brien] looked ... See more »


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