Mary Astor was born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3rd 1906 in Quincy, Illinois. At a young age, Mary’s German immigrant parents recognized the potential in her beauty and vowed help her along her way to a better life. Mary’s parents began their endeavor by entering her into various beauty pageants. Lady luck was with Mary Astor during the beauty pageant that caught the attention of Hollywood; Mary was signed at the age of 14.
During the early 1920s, Mary was cast in minor rolls but in 1924 got her major brake when she starred opposite John Barrymore in the film, “Beau Brummel” When sound came to the motion picture industry in the late 1920s; Mary Astor was one of the lucky actress that rode the wave to new superstardom. In 1941, Mary won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Sandra Kovac in The Great Lie. That same year she appeared in the celebrated film The Maltese Falcon.
Though Mary’s career was the image of perfection, her personal life did not follow suite. Mary Astor had a heart condition that was not helped by enduring three divorces, a bout with alcoholism and an attempt at suicide. Her many personal problems began to take their toll on her career and in the 1950s she was well on the road to becoming a falling star with only 5 feature films to her credit for the whole decade.In all, Mary appeared in a total of 123 films throughout her career and in 1987 she died in California at the age of 81.
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