Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) ... Jewel Mayhew
Youngblood Hawke (1964) ... Irene Perry
Ben Casey (TV Series) (1963)
- Dispel the Black Cyclone That Shakes the Throne (1963) ... Dame Clorissa Rose Genet
Burke's Law (TV Series) (1963)
- Who Killed Cable Roberts? (1963) ... Florence Roberts
Dr. Kildare (TV Series) (1962-1963)
- Face of Fear (1963) ... Aunt Frances
- Operation: Lazarus (1962) ... Martha Lantzinge
The Defenders (TV Series) (1963)
- Poltergeist (1963) ... Flora Goode
Checkmate (TV Series) (1962)  
- Brooding Fixation (1962) ... Esther Brack
Return to Peyton Place (1961) ... Mrs. Roberta Carter
Rawhide (TV Series) (1961)
- Incident Near the Promised Land (1961) ... Emma Cardwell
Thriller (TV Series) (1960)
- Rose's Last Summer (1960) ... Rose French
Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (1957-1960)
- 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
- The Ninth Day (1957) ... Virginia Jackson
Buick-Electra Playhouse (TV Series) (1960)
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1960)
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (TV Movie) (1960)
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (1955-1960)
- Revolt in Hadley (1960) ... Lydia Chalmers
- The Women of Hadley (1960) ... Lydia Chalmers
- The Littlest Enemy (1958) ... Mrs. Wickens
- The Thief (1955) ... Isabelle Lagarde

The Philadelphia Story (TV Movie) (1959) ... Margaret Lord
General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1959)
- The Last Dance (1959) ... Bea Hicks
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (1958-1959)
- The Impossible Dream (1959) ... Grace Dolan
- Mrs. Herman and Mrs. Fenimore (1958) ... Mrs. Fenimore
A Stranger in My Arms (1959) ... Mrs. Virgilnie Beasley
U.S. Marshal (TV Series) (1958)
- My Sons ... Amy Simmons
This Happy Feeling (1958) ... Mrs. Tremaine
Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (1954-1958)
- The Lonely Stage (1958) ... Harriet Brand
- Jack Sperling, Forty-six (1954) ... Ruth Sparling
The Devil's Hairpin (1957) ... Mrs. Jargin
Climax! (TV Series) (1955-1957)
- The High Jungle (1957) ... Clarissa Bowman
- Phone Call for Matthew Quade (1956) ... Martha
- Nightmare by Day (1956) ... Ethel Allen
- Wild Stallion (1955) ... Mrs. Harriss
Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (1956-1957)
- The Man Who Played God (1957) ... Mildred Le Brun
- The Star (1956) ... Margaret Eliot
Zane Grey Theater (TV Series) (1957)
- Black Is for Grief (1957) ... Sarah Simmons
Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) (1956)
- Sunset Boulevard (1956) ... Norma Desmond
The Power and the Prize (1956)
Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (1956)
- The Lovers (1956)
- The Catamaran (1956)
A Kiss Before Dying (1956) ... Mrs. Corliss
Playwrights '56 (TV Series) (1956)
- You and Me and the Gatepost (1956) ... Georgina
Star Stage (TV Series) (1956)
- I Am Her Nurse (1956) ... Nurse
Studio 57 (TV Series) (1956)
- A Farewell Appearance (1956) ... Julia Kean
Front Row Center (TV Series) (1955)
- Dinner at Eight (1955) ... Millicent Jordan
Justice (TV Series) (1955)
- Fearful Hour (1955)
The Elgin Hour (TV Series) (1955)
- The $1,000 Window (1955) ... Madge Draper
Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (1955)
- The Women (1955) ... Nancy Blake
Ponds Theater (TV Series) (1955)
- The Hickory Limb (1955)
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (1954)
- Run, Girl, Run (1954)
The Best of Broadway (TV Series) (1954)
- The Philadelphia Story (1954) ... Margaret Lord
Danger (TV Series) (1954)
- Circle of Doom (1954)
Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (1954)
- The Missing Years (1954)
Yesterday and Today (1953)

Any Number Can Play (1949) ... Ada
Little Women (1949) ... Marmee
Act of Violence (1949) ... Pat
Cass Timberlane (1947) ... Queenie Havock
Cynthia (1947) ... Louise Bishop
Desert Fury (1947) ... Fritzi Haller
Fiesta (1947) ... Señora Morales
Claudia and David (1946) ... Elizabeth Van Doren
Blonde Fever (1944) ... Delilah Donay
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) ... Mrs. Anna Smith
Thousands Cheer (1943) ... Hyllary Jones
Young Ideas (1943) ... Jo Evans
Across the Pacific (1942) ... Alberta Marlow
The Palm Beach Story (1942) ... The Princess Centimillia
The Maltese Falcon (1941) ... Brigid O'Shaughnessy
The Great Lie (1941) ... Sandra Kovak
Brigham Young (1940) ... Mary Ann Young
Turnabout (1940) ... Marion Manning

Midnight (1939) ... Helene Flammarion
Listen, Darling (1938) ... Dottie Wingate
Woman Against Woman (1938) ... Cynthia Holland
There's Always a Woman (1938) ... Lola Fraser
Paradise for Three (1938) ... Mrs. Irene Mallebre
No Time to Marry (1938) ... Kay McGowan
The Hurricane (1937) ... Mme. DeLaage
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) ... Antoinette de Mauban
Lady from Nowhere (1936) ... Polly Dunlap
Dodsworth (1936) ... Edith Cortright
Trapped by Television (1936) ... Barbara 'Bobby' Blake
And So They Were Married (1936) ... Edith Farnham
The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936) ... Lillian Cooper
Man of Iron (1935) ... Vida
Page Miss Glory (1935) ... Gladys
Dinky (1935) ... Mrs. Martha Daniels
Straight from the Heart (1935) ... Marian Henshaw
Red Hot Tires (1935) ... Patricia Sanford
I Am a Thief (1934) ... Odette
The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) ... Bessie Foley
The Man with Two Faces (1934) ... Jessica Wells
Return of the Terror (1934) ... Olga Morgan
Upper World (1934) ... Hettie Stream
Easy to Love (1934) ... Charlotte
Convention City (1933) ...Arlene Dale
The World Changes (1933) ... Virginia 'Ginny' Clafflin Nordholm
The Kennel Murder Case (1933) ... Hilda Lake
Jennie Gerhardt (1933) ... Letty Pace
The Little Giant (1933) ... Ruth Wayburn
Red Dust (1932) ... Barbara Willis
A Successful Calamity (1932) ... Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton
Those We Love (1932) ... May Ballard
The Lost Squadron (1932) ... Follette
Men of Chance (1931) ... Marthe
Smart Woman (1931) ... Mrs. Nancy Gibson
White Shoulders (1931) ... Norma Selbee
The Sin Ship (1931) ... Frisco Kitty
Behind Office Doors (1931) ... Mary Linden
Other Men's Women (1931) ... Lily
The Royal Bed (1931) ... Princess Anne
The Lash (1930) ... Dona Rosita Garcia
Holiday (1930) ... Julia Seton
Ladies Love Brutes (1930) ... Mimi Howell
Runaway Bride (1930) ... Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild

The Show of Shows (1929) ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
The Woman from Hell (1929) ... Dee Renaud
New Year's Eve (1929) ... Marjorie Ware
Romance of the Underworld (1928) .... Judith Andrews
... aka Romance and Bright Lights
Dry Martini (1928) .... Elizabeth Quimby
Heart to Heart (1928) .... Princess Delatorre/Ellen Guthrie
Three-Ring Marriage (1928) .... Anna
Dressed to Kill (1928) .... Jeanne
Sailors' Wives (1928) .... Carol Trent
No Place to Go (1927) .... Sally Montgomery
The Rough Riders (1927) .... Dolly
... aka The Trumpet Calls (USA)
Rose of the Golden West (1927) .... Elena
Two Arabian Knights (1927) .... Mirza
The Sunset Derby (1927) .... Molly Gibson
The Sea Tiger (1927) .... Amy Cortissos
Forever After (1926) .... Jennie Clayton
Don Juan (1926) .... Adriana della Varnese
The Wise Guy (1926) .... Mary
... aka Into the Night (UK)
... aka Wise Guy (USA)
High Steppers (1926) .... Audrey Nye
Scarlet Saint (1925) .... Fidele Tridon
The Pace That Thrills (1925) .... Doris
Don Q Son of Zorro (1925) .... Dolores de Muro
Playing with Souls (1925) .... Margo
Enticement (1925) .... Leonore Bewlay
Oh, Doctor! (1925) .... Dolores Hicks
Inez from Hollywood (1924) .... Fay Bartholdi
... aka The Good Bad Girl
The Price of a Party (1924) .... Alice Barrows
Unguarded Women (1924) .... Helen Castle
The Fighting American (1924) .... Mary O'Mallory
Beau Brummel (1924) .... Lady Margery Alvanley
The Fighting Coward (1924) .... Lucy
To the Ladies (1923) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Woman-Proof (1923) .... Violet Lynwood
The Marriage Maker (1923) .... Vivian Hope-Clarke
Puritan Passions (1923) .... Rachel
The Bright Shawl (1923) .... Narcissa Escobar
Success (1923) .... Rose Randolph
Second Fiddle (1923) .... Polly Crawford
Hollywood (1923) ... Herself
The Rapids (1922) (uncredited) .... Elsie Worden
The Man Who Played God (1922) .... Young Woman
Hope (1922) .... Hope
John Smith (1922) .... Irene Mason
The Young Painter (1922)
The Angelus (1922) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Wings of the Border (1921)
The Beggar Maid (1921) (uncredited) .... Peasant Girl/Beggar Maid
My Lady o' the Pines (1921) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Sentimental Tommy (1921) (scenes deleted)
Brother of the Bear (1921) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
The Bashful Suitor (1921) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Bullets or Ballots (1921) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
~Mary Astor~

Born: May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois, USA
Died: September 25, 1987 in Woodland Hills, California, USA
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September 26, 1987
Mary Astor's piercing eyes and finely honed features made her the essential star to one generation of
Americans. Her portrayals of mature but flawed women kept her fame bright through yet another.

During a career that spanned 45 years, Astor appeared in 109 films, among them such classics as
"The Maltese Falcon" with Humphrey Bogart and "The Great Lie" with Bette Davis. For the latter, she
won a 1941 Academy Award for best supporting actress.

Her path to Hollywood began when she entered a "Fame and Fortune" contest run by a movie
magazine. After her picture was printed as a semifinalist, her German immigrant father, Otto
Langhanke, a man ever in search of get-rich schemes, decided that his daughter would be a star.

On this quest, Langhanke moved the family first to Chicago and then, in 1920, to New York City.

Finally, she got a six-month contract with Famous Players-Lasky, later part of Paramount. During
that six months, about all she got was her new name, Mary Astor, and a bit part as a double-exposed
dream figure in "Sentimental Tommy."

In 1923, her Famous Players-Lasky contract was renewed, and with her parents leading the way, she
moved to Hollywood. As the studios were divided between the two coasts, she commuted back and
forth by train with a canary named Tweetums.

During the early part of her career in silent films, she played innocent heroines. But what stood out
were her large eyes and fabulous profile. Later, she would be noted more for characterizations of evil,
such as her Academy Award-winning portrayal of the ambitious, selfish pianist in "The Great Lie," or
the treacherous Brigid O'Shaughnessy in "The Maltese Falcon."

In later years she played innumerable mothers.

This later career was almost aborted during Hollywood's transition to talking pictures. After making
39 films that were silent, in 1929 her voice tests were judged too "masculine." By this time she was
under contract to Fox, and the studio released her. She went 10 months without work.

was "low and vibrant." ("Same girl. Same voice," she later wrote.) Her first talkie, "Ladies Love
Brutes," with Fredric March, was released in 1930.

When she retired from films in 1964, she reminisced: "During the first two months of hanging around
the Famous Players-Lasky studio, I distinctly remember feeling, 'Is that all?' Glamour is in the eye of
the movie fan."

"I was never totally involved in movies," she once said. "I was making someone else's dream come
true. Not mine."

Her dream, it turned out was writing. Astor published five novels and two autobiographies.

— Penelope McMillan in the Los Angeles Times Sept. 26, 1987