Mary Astor

Actress + Author
Born May 3, 1906

Mary Astor was an American actress. Most remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of the early 1920s. She eventually made a successful transition to talkies, but almost saw her career destroyed due to public scandal in the mid-1930s.… Read More

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1906 Birth Born on May 3, 1906.


1919 - 1920 2 More Events
1921 15 Years Old 1 More Event
Astor's first screen test was directed by Lillian Gish, who was so impressed with her recitation of Shakespeare that she shot a thousand feet of her. She made her debut at age 14 in the 1921 film Sentimental Tommy, but her small part in a dream sequence wound up on the cutting room floor. … Read More
1923 17 Years Old In 1923, she and her parents moved to Hollywood. … Read More
1925 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1925, Astor's parents bought a Moorish style mansion with of land known as "Moorcrest" in the hills above Hollywood. … Read More


1926 - 1928 2 More Events
1929 23 Years Old Though this was probably due to early sound equipment and the inexperience of technicians, the studio released her from her contract and she found herself out of work for eight months in 1929. … Read More
1930 24 Years Old On January 2, 1930, while filming sequences for the Fox movie Such Men Are Dangerous, Kenneth Hawks was killed in a mid-air plane crash over the Pacific. … Read More
1931 25 Years Old During the months of her illness, she was attended to by Dr. Franklyn Thorpe, whom she married on June 29, 1931. … Read More
1932 26 Years Old In late 1932, Astor signed a featured player contract with Warner Bros. … Read More
She had to turn to the Motion Picture Relief Fund in 1933 to pay her bills.
1935 29 Years Old Dr. Franklyn Thorpe divorced Astor in April 1935 and a custody battle resulted over their four-year-old daughter, Marylyn. … Read More


1937 31 Years Old …  In 1937, she returned to the stage in well-received productions of Noël Coward's Tonight at 8:30, The Astonished Heart, and Still Life. … Read More
1942 36 Years Old …  In 1942, she reunited with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet in John Huston's Across the Pacific. … Read More
1943 37 Years Old In February 1943, Astor's father, Otto Langhanke, died in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital as a result of a heart attack complicated by influenza. … Read More


1947 - 1951 3 More Events
1952 46 Years Old In 1952, she was cast in the leading role of the stage play The Time of the Cuckoo, which was later made into the movie Summertime (1955), and subsequently toured with it. … Read More
1954 48 Years Old In 1954, she appeared in the episode "Fearful Hour" of the Gary Merrill NBC series Justice in the role of a desperately poor and aging film star who attempts suicide to avoid exposure as a thief. … Read More
1955 49 Years Old She also separated from her fourth husband, Thomas Wheelock (a stockbroker she married on Christmas Day 1945), but did not actually divorce him until 1955.


1956 50 Years Old She starred on Broadway again in The Starcross Story (1954), another failure and returned to Southern California in 1956. … Read More
1959 53 Years Old Astor's memoir, My Story: An Autobiography, was published in 1959, becoming a sensation in its day and a bestseller. … Read More
1964 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Astor also tried her hand at fiction, writing the novels The Incredible Charley Carewe (1960), The Image of Kate (1962), which was published in 1964 in a German translation as Jahre und Tage, The O'Conners (1964), Goodbye, Darling, be Happy (1965), and A Place Called Saturday (1968). … Read More


1971 65 Years Old She later moved to Fountain Valley, California, where she lived near her son, Tono del Campo (from her third marriage to Mexican-born film editor Manuel del Campo) and his family, until 1971. … Read More
1987 81 Years Old Astor died on September 25, 1987, at age 81, of respiratory failure due to pulmonary emphysema while a patient in the hospital in the Motion Picture House complex. … Read More
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