Astor, Mary

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Astor, Mary Gender: F
Lucille Vasconcellos Langhanke
born on 3 May 1906 at 20:10 (= 8:10 PM )
Place Quincy, Illinois, 39n56, 91w25
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 12°42' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 10°48 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 27°09'

Mary Astor (1933)


American actress whose career spanned several decades, she may be best remembered for her performance as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941). She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of concert pianist Sandra Kovak in The Great Lie (1941). Astor made 109 movies in a career spanning 45 years. She was the quintessential star of her era who maintained her career well into the next generation.

As a kid, Astor entered a Fame and Fortune contest given in a movie magazine. After she was named a semi-finalist, her dad decided that show biz did indeed represent fame and fortune through his finely featured daughter, with her huge eyes and classic profile. He moved his family to Chicago, then New York in 1920. A 14-year-old wanna-be did not open doors easily and they lived on short rations. She finally was signed to a six-month contract with Paramount, out of which nothing developed other than a new name, Mary Astor. However, in 1921 she was cast in a two-reeler, The Beggar Maid, which proved to be her first success. In 1922 she had her first feature role. She was dominated by her ambitious parents and dictatorial father, and the family moved to Hollywood in 1923.

Her first Hollywood role and her first love affair was with John Barrymore at 17, in Beau Brummel. She won an Oscar as the Best Supporting Actress in The Great Lie (1941).

After making 39 silent flicks, in 1929 her voice was deemed "too masculine" for talkies. She went ten months without work. She broke the jinx by acting in a local play in which her voice was praised as being low and vibrant. "Same girl. Same voice," she later wrote. Her first talkie, Ladies Love Brutes, with Fredric March, was released in 1930.

In later years Astor played innumerable mothers, as in Thousands Cheer (1943), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and Little Women (1949).

It took years to break free of her parents. She grew up angry and resentful, but her father managed her money and her mother answered her questions for her. When she finally asked that her paycheck come to her and withdrew financial support of her parents, they sued her in 1934. After losing, they moved to Lancaster, California, comfortably on the money they had made through her.

Still deeply insecure, Astor's drinking began about that time. She married Kenneth Hawks in 1928. Their sex life was poor and she had an abortion of a baby she'd conceived with someone else. Hawks was killed in a plane crash in 1930. The following year she married gynecologist Dr. Franklyn-Thorpe. They had a daughter, Marylyn, born at 6:30 PM on 15 June 1932 in Honolulu, Hawaii. During their divorce in 1935, he provided Hollywood with one of its juiciest scandals when he presented Astor's diary in court to prove "immoral conduct" during the custody battle of Marylyn. Astor had confided to her diary all the juicy details of her steaming affair with playwright George S. Kaufman. In 1937, she married Manuel Martinez del Campo, an aspiring Mexican actor six years younger than she. They had one son, Anthony, before divorcing in 1942. Her fourth husband was businessman Thomas G. Wheelock, 1945-1953.

Increasingly dependent on alcohol, she was lonely and had many illnesses including a severe heart ailment. The news media reported a suicide attempt in 1951. She admitted to alcohol abuse in 1956 when she went into rehab, becoming, along the way, a Catholic convert.

Her dream from childhood was to be a writer and she finally followed her heart. She wrote five novels starting with The Incredible Charlie Carewe published in 1960. Her work also included two autobiographies, My Story (1959) and A Life on Film (1971).

In 1974 she moved into the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, where she lived a very private, reclusive lifestyle. She died there of emphysema on 25 September 1987 at age 81.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : First Sex 1923 (First love affair at 17, John Barrymore)
  • Relationship : Marriage 24 February 1928 (First marriage, Kenneth Hawks)
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  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 1929 (Out of work for ten months)
  • Death of Mate 2 January 1930 (Widowed from first husband)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 29 June 1931 (Second marriage, Franklyn Thorpe)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 15 June 1932 at 6:30 PM in Honolulu (Birth of daughter Marylyn Thorpe)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 18 February 1937 (Third marriage, Manuel del Campo)
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  • Work : Prize 26 February 1942 in Los Angeles (Oscar award for Best Supporting Actress in "The Great Lie")
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  • Relationship : Marriage 24 December 1945 (Fourth marriage, Thomas Gordon Wheelock)
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  • Misc. : Retain professional help 1956 (Admitted alcohol abuse)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1959 (Autobiography, "My Story")
  • Death by Disease 25 September 1987 in Woodland Hills (Emphysema, age 81)
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Source Notes

M. Major quotes her in "Student Astrol" 11/36. Douglas Ebersole quotes her for 8:04 PM.


  • Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Voice low, vibrant)
  • Traits : Personality : Temper (Angry and resentful)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Emphysema
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Bad heart condition)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Rehab)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Parents dominant, dictatorial, used her)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (First marriage two years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Not infrequently)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (First marriage, Kenneth Hawks)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Miscarriages (One acknowledged abortion)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Hates job (Never cared much for being a movie star)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loss of job (Ten months in 1929)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Bankruptcy
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Multiple partners)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Conversion/ Born again (Catholic convert)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (109 films, plus TV, stage)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Film debut at age 14)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Best Supporting Actress)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women