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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 Cheyenne's Pal 1917-08-13
Latest Project:
Series My Mother the Car 1965-09-14
Known For
Poster of I Love Lucy
Poster of Mujeres
Poster of Oh, What a Man!
Poster of Secrets
Series My Mother the Car Unknown 1965-09-14
Movie Sonrisas y lágrimas Party Guest 1965-03-02
Movie Molly Brown siempre a flote Denver Party Guest (uncredited) 1964-06-11
Movie El hombre que mató a Liberty Valance Townswoman (uncredited) 1962-04-22
Movie The Devil's Hand The Elderly Cultist 1961-09-13
Movie La vuelta al mundo en 80 días Extra (uncredited) 1956-10-17
Movie The Boss Woman at Dedication (uncredited) 1956-10-01
Movie Papá piernas largas Art Gallery Patron (uncredited) 1955-05-05
Movie Una herencia de miedo Man with Spaghetti's Wife (uncredited) 1953-04-27
Movie El secreto de Paula Mrs. Brown (uncredited) 1952-05-15
Movie Trágica información Neighbor (uncredited) 1952-01-16
Movie Un lugar en el sol Bit Part 1951-06-12
Movie Cuando los mundos chocan Traveler (uncredited) 1951-08-01
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-06-15
Movie Eva al desnudo Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited) 1950-11-09
Movie El crepúsculo de los dioses Courtier (uncredited) 1950-08-10
Movie Tres padrinos Saloon Girl (uncredited) 1948-12-01
Movie Monsieur Verdoux Garden Party Guest (uncredited) 1947-12-01
Movie El castillo de Dragonwyck Nurse (uncredited) 1946-04-10
Movie Girls of the Big House Railroad Matron 1945-11-02
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 Si no amaneciera Young Woman in Bar (uncredited) 1941-09-26
Movie Misbehaving Husbands Gossiping Friend 1940-12-20
Movie El doctor se casa Extra 1940-04-25
Movie The Llano Kid Saloon Hostess 1939-12-08
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Dame 1939-09-16
Movie Mujeres Mud Bath Nurse 1939-01-01
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 Woman (uncredited) 1938-02-11
Movie Tassels in the Air Louella Pindell (uncredited) 1938-04-01
Movie Wells Fargo Pioneer Woman 1937-12-31
Movie All Over Town Mamie 1937-08-09
Movie Rich Relations 1937-02-01
Movie Empty Saddles Eloise Hayes 1936-12-20
Movie San Francisco Drunk's Girl (uncredited) 1936-06-26
Movie Northern Frontier Mae 1935-02-01
Movie Border Brigands Big Six -Saloon Girl 1935-05-31
Movie Honeymoon Limited Lady Devonshire 1935-07-01
Movie Cappy Ricks Returns Speaker (uncredited) 1935-09-25
Movie Here Comes the Band 1935-08-30
Movie It's in the Air (uncredited) 1935-10-10
Movie I Don't Remember Sophie Glick 1935-12-25
Movie Guilty Parents Marie 1934-04-01
Movie Carnival Lady Zandra, Fortune Teller 1933-11-11
Movie Ship of Wanted Men Vera 1933-09-08
Movie I Have Lived Harriet Naisson 1933-06-15
Movie In Walked Charley Gertrude Henderson 1932-04-22
Movie While Paris Sleeps 1932-05-08
Movie High Hats and Low Brows Mrs. Billingsgate 1932-07-10
Movie Western Limited Mrs. Winters 1932-08-05
Movie Flaming Gold Escort Service Madam 1932-09-28
Movie They Never Come Back Kate 1932-05-10
Movie El canelo Mrs. Hardy 1931-09-19
Movie Dames Ahoy The Blonde 1930-02-10
Movie Be Yourself! Lillian 1930-02-07
Movie Untamed Mrs. Mason 1929-11-23
Movie Two Weeks Off Agnes 1929-05-11
Movie Synthetic Sin Sheila Kelly 1929-01-06
Movie The Taxi Dancer Kitty Lane 1927-02-05
Movie Oh, What a Man! The Bandit 1927-12-04
Movie El Legado Tenebroso Cecily 1927-09-09
Movie The Small Bachelor Fanny 1927-11-06
Movie The Strong Man Lily de Broadway 1926-11-19
Movie Tell Em Nothing Mrs. Gladstone 1926-10-16
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 The Charmer Bertha Sedgwick 1925-04-20
Movie Sangre de pista Mrs. Beaumont 1925-09-06
Movie Stage Struck Lillian Lyons 1925-11-16
Movie Secrets Mrs. Manwaring 1924-03-24
Movie Lorna Doone Countess of Brandir 1922-10-01
Movie Beyond the Rocks Morella Winmarleigh 1922-05-07
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 Cheyenne's Pal Dancehall girl 1917-08-13