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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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Born:
Nov 9, 1887 In Lakewood, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
93
First Appeared:
In the movie The Devil's Pay Day 1917-01-29
Latest Project:
Series My Mother the Car 1965-09-14
Known For
Poster of Hell Bound
Poster of The Wicked Darling
Poster of The Little Orphan

Gertrude Astor Movies Filmography

Series
My Mother the Car
Unknown 1965-09-14
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 Female Animal
1958-01-22
Movie
Around the World in Eighty Days
Extra (uncredited) 1956-10-17
Movie
The Boss
Woman at Dedication (uncredited) 1956-10-01
Movie
Wichita
Saloon Madam 1955-07-03
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
Thunder on the Hill
1951-10-17
Series
I Love Lucy
Unknown 1951-10-15
Movie
When Worlds Collide
Traveler (uncredited) 1951-09-14
Movie
A Place in the Sun
Bit Part (uncredited) 1951-06-12
Movie
Woman in Hiding
Woman in Drugstore 1950-11-22
Movie
Bunco Squad
Club Patron (uncredited) 1950-09-01
Movie
Sunset Boulevard
Courtier 1950-08-10
Movie
Caged
1950-05-19
Movie
The File on Thelma Jordon
Juror (Uncredited) 1949-11-04
Movie
Music Man
1948-09-05
Movie
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
Mrs. Howard 1948-09-19
Movie
3 Godfathers
Saloon Girl (uncredited) 1948-12-31
Movie
Monsieur Verdoux
Garden Party Guest (uncredited) 1947-09-26
Movie
Fun on a Weekend
Party Guest (Uncredited) 1947-05-15
Movie
Dragonwyck
Nurse (uncredited) 1946-04-10
Movie
Leave Her to Heaven
Prison Matron (uncredited) 1945-12-25
Movie
Girls of the Big House
Railroad Matron 1945-11-02
Movie
Swingin' on a Rainbow
Bit Part (uncredited) 1945-09-01
Movie
The Climax
Woman in Audience Behind Franz (Uncredited) 1944-10-20
Movie
Weird Woman
Party Guest (uncredited) 1944-03-01
Movie
Idaho
Party Guest 1943-03-10
Movie
The Avenging Rider
Martha 1943-05-20
Movie
The Kansan
Blonde Townswoman 1943-09-10
Movie
Lost Canyon
Mrs. Anson 1942-12-18
Movie
Moontide
Woman 1942-05-29
Movie
Hold Back the Dawn
Young Woman in Bar (uncredited) 1941-09-26
Movie
Misbehaving Husbands
Gossiping Friend 1940-12-20
Movie
The Doctor Takes a Wife
Extra 1940-04-25
Movie
Dust Be My Destiny
Dame (uncredited) 1939-09-16
Movie
The Women
Mud Bath Nurse 1939-09-01
Movie
Tassels in the Air
Louella Pindell (uncredited) 1938-04-01
Movie
The Big Broadcast of 1938
Woman (uncredited) 1938-02-11
Movie
Rich Relations
1937-02-01
Movie
All Over Town
Mamie 1937-08-09
Movie
Wells Fargo
Pioneer Woman 1937-12-31
Movie
Great Guy
Party Guest (Uncredited) 1936-12-01
Movie
San Francisco
Drunk's Girl (uncredited) 1936-06-26
Movie
It's in the Air
(uncredited) 1935-10-10
Movie
Here Comes the Band
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) 1935-08-30
Movie
Honeymoon Limited
Lady Devonshire 1935-07-01
Movie
No More Ladies
Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1935-06-14
Movie
Northern Frontier
Mae 1935-02-01
Movie
Crook's Tour
Mrs Dorigan 1933-09-23
Movie
While Paris Sleeps
1932-05-08
Movie
They Never Come Back
Kate 1932-05-10
Movie
High Hats and Low Brows
Mrs. Billingsgate 1932-07-10
Movie
Flaming Gold
Escort Service Madam 1932-09-28
Movie
Come Clean
Mrs. Hardy 1931-09-19
Movie
Hell Bound
Rosie 1931-05-01
Movie
Be Yourself!
Lillian 1930-02-07
Movie
Untamed
Mrs. Mason 1929-11-23
Movie
The Fall of Eve
Mrs. Ford 1929-06-17
Movie
Two Weeks Off
Agnes 1929-05-11
Movie
Synthetic Sin
Sheila Kelly 1929-01-06
Movie
A Woman of Affairs
Party Guest (Uncredited) 1928-12-15
Movie
Rose-Marie
Wanda 1928-02-11
Movie
The Taxi Dancer
Kitty Lane 1927-02-05
Movie
The Cat and the Canary
Cecily 1927-09-09
Movie
The Cheerful Fraud
Rose 1926-12-27
Movie
The Strong Man
Lily de Broadway 1926-11-19
Movie
Kiki
Paulette 1926-04-04
Movie
Behind the Front
French barmaid 1926-02-22
Movie
The Boy Friend
Mrs. White 1926-01-01
Movie
Stage Struck
Lillian Lyons 1925-11-16
Movie
Robes of Sin
1924-12-01
Movie
Secrets
Mrs. Manwaring 1924-03-24
Movie
The Ne'er-Do-Well
Edith Cortlandt 1923-04-29
Movie
Beyond the Rocks
Morella Winmarleigh 1922-05-07
Movie
Lorna Doone
Countess of Brandir 1922-10-01
Movie
Hurricane's Gal
Unknown 1922-07-01
Movie
The Impossible Mrs. Bellew
Alice Granville 1922-10-22
Movie
Through The Back Door
Louise Reeves 1921-05-05
Movie
The Concert
Eva 1921-02-20
Movie
The Wicked Darling
Adele Hoyt 1919-12-25
Movie
The Brazen Beauty
1918-09-09
Movie
Bondage
1917-10-17
Movie
The Rescue
1917-07-23
Movie
The Little Orphan
1917-06-18
Movie
Polly Redhead
Lady Caroline 1917-02-09
Movie
The Devil's Pay Day
1917-01-29