Mary Astor was in the words of David Niven a woman who “looked like a beautiful and highly shockable nun with the vocabulary of a long shoreman.” Dominated by a brutish money grabbing father, hated by her mother, pushed into film acting and some disasterous marriages and affairs, it was a long time before the real Mary Astor came into her own. A woman consumed by her many passions and demons, she brought a vitality, intelligence and wit to her roles that was ahead of its time. Join us as explore her best work in three films: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Great Lie (1941) and The Palm Beach Story (1942).
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Sorel, E. (2016) Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 New York: Liveright Publishing Company.
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The Great Lie (1941) Dir. Edmund Goulding (DVD) Warner Brothers.
The Maltese Falcon (1941) Dir. John Huston (DVR) Warner Brothers.
The Palm Beach Story (1942) Dir. Preston Sturges (DVD) Paramount Pictures.