Mary Astor, born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke in 1906, was discovered at age 14 and became one of the true beauties of the silent era.
Ultimately she also became one of the few silent stars who successfully made the transition to talkies. Despite the initial assessment that her voice was “too deep” for sound, she went on to have a successful, if mildly salacious and scandal-marked, career.
Perhaps best known now for her role in “The Maltese Falcon”, she appeared in over 120 films over the course of her career.
She was smart and witty– though it may be apocryphal, she is one of the claimed originators of the quote, “There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who’s Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a Mary Astor Type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who’s Mary Astor?”.
She was blindingly talented, and of course, she was beautiful.
Overall she was a truly stunning and gifted Hollywood icon, in both style and talent.