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Gertrude Astor

Gertrude Astor

  • Born on
    • November 9th, 1887
  • Died on
    • November 9th, 1977
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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Filmography

Acting (44 Credits)

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1965The Sound of Music as Party Guest (uncredited)
1964The Unsinkable Molly Brown as Denver Party Guest (uncredited)
1962The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Townswoman (uncredited)
1961The Devil's Hand as The Elderly Cultist
1959The Horse Soldiers as Townswoman
1956Around the World in 80 Days as Extra (uncredited)
1955Daddy Long Legs as Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
1955Wichita as Saloon Madam
1954Deep in My Heart as Dorothy's Nurse (uncredited)
1953Scared Stiff as Man with Spaghetti's Wife (uncredited)
1952Scandal Sheet as Neighbor (uncredited)
1951When Worlds Collide as Traveler (uncredited)
1951Thunder on the Hill
1951A Place in the Sun as Bit Part (uncredited)
1950Woman in Hiding as Woman in Drugstore
1950Sunset Blvd. as Courtier (uncredited)
1950Caged
1949The File on Thelma Jordon as Juror (Uncredited)
19483 Godfathers as Saloon Girl (uncredited)
1947Monsieur Verdoux as Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
1946Dragonwyck as Nurse (uncredited)
1946Crack-Up as Nagging Wife on Train (Uncredited)
1945Leave Her to Heaven as Prison Matron (uncredited)
1944Weird Woman as Party Guest (uncredited)
1944The Climax as Woman in Audience Behind Franz (Uncredited)
1943Idaho as Party Guest
1942Moontide as Woman
1941Hold Back the Dawn as Young Woman in Bar (uncredited)
1940The Doctor Takes a Wife as Extra
1939Dust Be My Destiny as Dame (uncredited)
1939The Women as Mud Bath Nurse (uncredited)
1938Tassels in the Air as Louella Pindell (uncredited)
1938The Big Broadcast of 1938 as Woman (uncredited)
1937Wells Fargo as Pioneer Woman
1936San Francisco as Drunk's Girl (uncredited)
1936Great Guy as Party Guest (Uncredited)
1935No More Ladies as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1931Come Clean as Mrs. Hardy
1929Untamed as Mrs. Mason
1928A Woman of Affairs as Party Guest (Uncredited)
1927The Cat and the Canary as Cecily
1926The Strong Man as Lily de Broadway
1925Stage Struck as Lillian Lyons
1922Beyond the Rocks as Morella Winmarleigh

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