Mary was once sued by her parents for support, accused of infidelity by an ex-husband, and almost lost her career in the 30’s for the scandal. So why you ask is she one of our top Good Girls? Having only been married four times( as opposed to some of our favorite actresses 7 or 8 times), and having fought for the custody of her daughter makes her pretty great in our book.
What’s more is that she never let her sometimes sub par roles hinder her ability to deliver every role with genuine depth and reality. Playing the man-hunting sister in Preston Sturges The Palm Beach Story, Clark Gable’s girl( sorta) in Red Dust, a key role as Brigid in The Maltese Falcon, and her Academy Award Winning role of real-girl Sandra in the The Great Lie, Mary could hold her own every time.
She liked gardening, wrote books, and added humor to the every day. She once stated: “There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who’s Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a Mary Astor type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who’s Mary Astor?”
If you haven’t had your Mary Astor Phase yet… TCM honors her in 55 films this month, every Wednesday- be sure to catch one.