Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Mary Astor (1906-1987) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles. Quincy, IL born actress came to the movies as a teenager in 1921 and soon found herself John Barrymore's protege and paramour. Astor appeared with Barrymore in Beau Brummel (1924) and Don Juan (1926) and then, much later, in Midnight (1939). Astor had a difficult transition to talkies but ultimately succeeded and appeared in early titles such as Other Men's Women (1931), Red Dust (1932), The Little Giant (1933), and The Kennel Murder Case (1933). Astor was working on one of her best pictures, Dodsworth (1936) when scandalous charges threatened to ruin her during a contentious custody battle with her ex-husband, but the actress again rebounded and soon appeared in her most famous role in The Maltese Falcon (1941). That same year Astor appeared in The Great Lie (1941), which netted her an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her long career continued into the 1960s on television and in movies including The Palm Beach Story (1942), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Act of Violence (1949), and Little Women (1949).
Birthday: May 3