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Gertrude Astor

From Wikipedia Gertrude Astor (November 9, 1887 – November 9, 1977) was an American motion picture character actress, who began her career playing trombone on a riverboat. Born in Lakewood, Ohio as a member of the Astor family and of German descent, Astor joined a woman's band as a trombone player and toured the states. In New York she left the band to obtain film work and got a job as an extra before her career took off. Astor was a prolific performer, between 1915 and 1962 she appeared in over 250 movies. Her first known credit is in a Biograph short in 1915. She then became a contract player at Universal. A tall, angular and beautiful woman, Astor frequently towered over the leading men of the era; thus, she was most frequently utilized in comedy roles as aristocrats, golddiggers and "heroine's best pal". Her best-known silent appearances were as the visiting stage star in Stage Struck (1925) with Gloria Swanson, as the vamp who plants stolen money on Harry Langdon in The Strong Man (1926), and as Laura LaPlante's wisecracking travelling companion in The Cat and the Canary (1927). Astor worked prolifically at Hal Roach studios with such headliners as Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, and especially Charley Chase. She was also kept busy at Columbia Pictures' short subjects unit. She continued to play bits in feature films throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. She was briefly glimpsed as the first murder victim in the Sherlock Holmes adventure The Scarlet Claw and was among the ranks of dress extras in 1956's Around the World in Eighty Days. Her last appearance was in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. In her later years, Astor was a welcome guest at several Sons of the Desert gatherings, and became an honorary member of the Way Out West tent. She died in Woodland Hills, California from a stroke. She is interred in the Abbey of Psalms in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, CA.

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Nov 9, 1887 In Lakewood, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Polly Redhead 1917-02-09
Latest Project:
Movie The Sound of Music 1965-03-29
Known For
Poster of Northern Frontier
Poster of The Taxi Dancer
Poster of Behind the Front
Poster of Beyond the Rocks
Movie The Sound of Music Party Guest (uncredited) 1965-03-29
Movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown Denver Party Guest (uncredited) 1964-06-11
Movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Townswoman (uncredited) 1962-04-22
Movie The Devil's Hand The Elderly Cultist 1961-09-13
Movie The Boss Woman at Dedication (uncredited) 1956-10-01
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days Extra (uncredited) 1956-10-17
Movie Daddy Long Legs Art Gallery Patron (uncredited) 1955-05-05
Movie Scared Stiff Man with Spaghetti's Wife (uncredited) 1953-04-27
Movie Paula Mrs. Brown (uncredited) 1952-05-15
Movie Scandal Sheet Neighbor (uncredited) 1952-01-16
Movie A Place in the Sun Bit Part (uncredited) 1951-06-12
Movie When Worlds Collide Traveler (uncredited) 1951-09-14
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-10-15
Movie The File on Thelma Jordon Juror (Uncredited) 1950-01-18
Movie Sunset Boulevard Courtier 1950-08-10
Movie Bunco Squad Club Patron (uncredited) 1950-09-01
Movie 3 Godfathers Saloon Girl (uncredited) 1948-12-31
Movie Fun on a Weekend Party Guest (Uncredited) 1947-05-15
Movie Monsieur Verdoux Garden Party Guest (uncredited) 1947-09-26
Movie Dragonwyck Nurse (uncredited) 1946-04-10
Movie Swingin' on a Rainbow Bit Part (uncredited) 1945-09-01
Movie Girls of the Big House Railroad Matron 1945-11-02
Movie Leave Her to Heaven Prison Matron 1945-12-25
Movie Idaho Party Guest 1943-03-10
Movie The Kansan Blonde Townswoman 1943-09-10
Movie The Avenging Rider Martha 1943-05-20
Movie Now, Voyager Lady Behind Charlotte at Concert (uncredited) 1942-10-22
Movie Moontide Woman 1942-05-29
Movie Lost Canyon Mrs. Anson 1942-12-18
Movie Hold Back the Dawn Young Woman in Bar (uncredited) 1941-09-26
Movie The Doctor Takes a Wife Extra 1940-04-25
Movie Misbehaving Husbands Gossiping Friend 1940-12-20
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Dame 1939-09-16
Movie The Women Mud Bath Nurse 1939-09-01
Movie $1,000 a Touchdown McGlen Wife (uncredited) 1939-10-04
Movie The Llano Kid Saloon Hostess 1939-12-08
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 Woman (uncredited) 1938-02-11
Movie Tassels in the Air Louella Pindell (uncredited) 1938-04-01
Movie All Over Town Mamie 1937-08-09
Movie Rich Relations 1937-02-01
Movie Wells Fargo Pioneer Woman 1937-12-31
Movie San Francisco Drunk's Girl (uncredited) 1936-06-26
Movie Empty Saddles Eloise Hayes 1936-12-20
Movie No More Ladies Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1935-06-14
Movie Border Brigands Big Six -Saloon Girl 1935-05-31
Movie Northern Frontier Mae 1935-02-01
Movie Honeymoon Limited Lady Devonshire 1935-07-01
Movie It's in the Air (uncredited) 1935-10-10
Movie Here Comes the Band Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) 1935-08-30
Movie I Don't Remember Sophie Glick 1935-12-25
Movie Cappy Ricks Returns Speaker (uncredited) 1935-09-25
Movie Guilty Parents Marie 1934-04-01
Movie I Have Lived Harriet Naisson 1933-06-15
Movie Carnival Lady Zandra, Fortune Teller 1933-11-11
Movie Ship of Wanted Men Vera 1933-09-08
Movie While Paris Sleeps 1932-05-08
Movie High Hats and Low Brows Mrs. Billingsgate 1932-07-10
Movie They Never Come Back Kate 1932-05-10
Movie Flaming Gold Escort Service Madam 1932-09-28
Movie Western Limited Mrs. Winters 1932-08-05
Movie Come Clean Mrs. Hardy 1931-09-19
Movie Be Yourself! Lillian 1930-02-07
Movie Dames Ahoy The Blonde 1930-02-10
Movie Synthetic Sin Sheila Kelly 1929-01-06
Movie Two Weeks Off Agnes 1929-05-11
Movie Untamed Mrs. Mason 1929-11-23
Movie The Fall of Eve Mrs. Ford 1929-06-17
Movie A Woman of Affairs Party Guest (Uncredited) 1928-12-15
Movie The Taxi Dancer Kitty Lane 1927-02-05
Movie The Cat and the Canary Cecily 1927-09-09
Movie Oh, What a Man! The Bandit 1927-12-04
Movie The Small Bachelor Fanny 1927-11-06
Movie Behind the Front French barmaid 1926-02-22
Movie The Boy Friend Mrs. White 1926-01-01
Movie Kiki Paulette 1926-04-04
Movie Tell Em Nothing Mrs. Gladstone 1926-10-16
Movie The Strong Man Lily de Broadway 1926-11-19
Movie The Cheerful Fraud Rose 1926-12-27
Movie The Charmer Bertha Sedgwick 1925-04-20
Movie Kentucky Pride Mrs. Beaumont 1925-09-06
Movie Stage Struck Lillian Lyons 1925-11-16
Movie Secrets Mrs. Manwaring 1924-03-24
Movie Beyond the Rocks Morella Winmarleigh 1922-05-07
Movie Lorna Doone Countess of Brandir 1922-10-01
Movie Through The Back Door Louise Reeves 1921-05-05
Movie The Branding Iron Betty Morena 1920-10-31
Movie The Wicked Darling Adele Hoyt 1919-12-25
Movie Polly Redhead Lady Caroline 1917-02-09
Movie Cheyenne's Pal Dancehall girl 1917-08-13
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