Mary Astor is one of few women who broke the mold when it came to beautiful film stars. Born in 1843 in Reading, Massachusetts, Mary Astor became known as “Mama” in her early years. She was a chorus girl with the Richtones until a firebrand beauty changed the face of movie stars forever. After losing her mother at an early age, she developed a talent for drawing, which landed her roles in vaudeville acts and various theatrical performances. Mary Astor biography continues to grow in popularity as more is revealed about her life.
A classic beauty, Mary Astor was billed as “the other vaudeville star” along with her older sister, Hippolyta. The two girls became household names in their own right. Mary’s first notable role was appearing in “The Cats of Elvira” as the dashing duchess that had been dumped by her husband. She played the duchess’ granddaughter, Flora Burnett, who bore a striking resemblance to her sister.
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Following her appearance in “The Cats of Elvira,” Mary became famous for more silent films such as “The Man Who Played With Dogs” and “The Great Lie.” This role elevated her to stardom status and she was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in both of these films. Mary’s appearance, however, did not alleviate the feeling that she was just a cheap beauty. Following a performance in “The Great Lie,” Mary became even more depressed over the death of her husband. In her words, she “thought that there wouldn’t be any more movies made about her life, or about me… that she would be forgotten.”
When Mary was 45 years old and failed at the beauty pageant qualifying rounds, she suffered a major stroke. According to one account, Mary “ran into a busy, unhappy plane on the way to a convention in Buffalo, and never regained her strength.” Her deathbed statement to a friend read, “If I had a nickel for every time I have looked in the mirror and seen my ugly mug, I would be rich.” This article from Variety indicates that Mary Astor did manage to enter a beauty pageant during her last days and that she was also listed as a finalist in a beauty contest organized by RKO studios.
As it turns out, Mary Astor did win the beauty pageant and the world learned that she was an accomplished actress. She appeared in a number of motion pictures including “All I need to know is How to Sleep in Summer,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Perfect Score,” “Who Loves You,” “Catch Me If You Can” and finally “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” None of these movies managed to woo the audiences that are loyal to the screen, however, her final appearance was in a film called “Manihood Hill.” In this film, Mary appears alongside her former lover, Harry Burns, played by Dan Aykroyd.
Mary’s final role was in the much less celebrated “Manihood Hill.” This was not a good role for her, as Variety’s John Butler reports that Mary “was tired and cranky and hardly able to dance.” Mary Astor died from a bullet in her forehead during a plane crash on a remote Indian Reservation. Theories about her death vary but most agree that it was caused by a bullet that pierced Mary’s skull. The official death toll from the time is eight, however, news reports throughout the years have placed the death rate at as many as twelve.