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Mary Astor

Mary Astor

Mary Astor, born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke on May 3, 1906, was a renowned American actress whose career spanned several decades in Hollywood's Golden Age. She rose to fame during the silent film era and successfully transitioned to talkies, becoming one of the industry's most versatile and respected actresses.

Astor is best remembered for her iconic role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941), where she starred alongside Humphrey Bogart. 

Astor mainly pursued dramatic roles, including The Great Lie (1941), which landed her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but she also dabbled in comedy with films like The Palm Beach Story (1942).

Although the offers came, she avoided top-billing and the responsibilities that came with that, preferring the security of being a supporting player. Her career was almost derailed by a very public divorce and custody battle in the mid-30s but her talent was such that it caused minimal harm to her popularity.

Mary Astor retired in 1964 leaving a legacy of 109 movies across 45 years. She passed away on September 25, 1987, at the age of 81.

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