Gertrude Astor

Biography

Born November 9, 1877(1877-11-09) Lakewood, Ohio Died November 9, 1977 (aged 100) Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California Other name(s) Gertrude Aster Born in Rockport, Ohio, 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 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 vamp who plants stolen money on Harry Langdon in 1926's The Strong Man, and as Laura LaPlante's wisecracking travelling companion in 1927's The Cat and the Canary. 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 on her 100th birthday from a stroke.

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The Strong Man

'Lily' of Broadway

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Idaho

Party Guest (uncredited)

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Through the Back Door

Louise Reeves

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Stage Struck

Lillian Lyons

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Tassels in the Air

Louella Pindell (uncredited)

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Fort Osage

Townswoman (uncredited)

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The Wicked Darling

Adele Hoyt

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Lights of Old Santa Fe

Medley Market Show Spectator (uncredited)

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Bum Voyage

Ship's passenger at party (uncredited)

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The Cat and the Canary

Cecily

Starring In
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The Sound of Music

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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Two Rode Together

Mrs. Wringle (uncredited)

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The Devil's Hand

The Elderly Cultist

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All In A Night's Work

Shopper (uncredited)

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Twenty Plus Two

Julia Joliet (uncredited)

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The Female Animal

Actress on Movie Set (uncredited)

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The Oklahoman

Townswoman Gossip (uncredited)

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The Searchers

Wedding Guest (uncredited)

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Around the World in 80 Days

Extra (uncredited)

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The Boss

Woman at Dedication (uncredited)

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Westward Ho, the Wagons!

Wagon Woman (uncredited)

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How to Be Very, Very Popular

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Untamed

Ball Guest (uncredited)

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Daddy Long Legs

Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)

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High Society

Piano Recital Guest (uncredited)

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At Gunpoint

Townswoman (uncredited)

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Artists and Models

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Wichita

Saloon Girl (uncredited)

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A Star is Born

Racetrack Patron (uncredited)

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Paris Playboys

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Scared Stiff

Wife of Man with Spaghetti on Head (uncredited)

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Fort Osage

Townswoman (uncredited)

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Angel Face

Matron (uncredited)

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Scandal Sheet

Neighbor (uncredited)

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Paula

Mrs. Brown (uncredited)

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When Worlds Collide

Traveler (uncredited)

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Thunder on the Hill

Village Woman (uncredited)

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A Place in the Sun

Bit Part (uncredited)

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Fuga D'Amore

Mother (uncredited)

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Crazy Over Horses

Elderly Woman (uncredited)

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Apache Drums

Townswoman (uncredited)

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The Redhead and the Cowboy

Goldie (uncredited)

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Harvey

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All About Eve

Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)

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Sunset Boulevard

Courtier (uncredited)

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Blues Busters

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Montana

Woman (uncredited)

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Woman in Hiding

Woman in Drugstore (uncredited)

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Bunco Squad

Club Patron (uncredited)

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The File on Thelma Jordon

Juror (uncredited)

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Jolson Sings Again

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My Dear Secretary

Miss Gee (uncredited)

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The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

Towns Woman (uncredited)

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The Story of Seabiscuit

Oscar's Wife (uncredited)

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3 Godfathers

Townswoman (uncredited)

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The Return of the Whistler

Hotel Guest (uncredited)

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Sitting Pretty

Townswoman (uncredited)

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Here Comes Trouble

Woman with Dog (uncredited)

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Jinx Money

Bank Customer (uncredited)

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Monsieur Verdoux

Garden Party Guest (uncredited)

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Calcutta

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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The Best Years of Our Lives

Wedding Guest (uncredited)

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Dragonwyck

Nurse (uncredited)

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Dick Tracy, Detective

Woman (uncredited)

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Guest Wife

Outraged Woman in Night Club (uncredited)

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Man Alive

Madam Zorada (uncredited)

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Lights of Old Santa Fe

Medley Market Show Spectator (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Claw

Lady Lillian Gentry Penrose (uncredited)

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Weird Woman

Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Climax

Woman in Audience Behind Franz (uncredited)

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The Kansan

Blonde Townswoman (uncredited)

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Idaho

Party Guest (uncredited)

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Moontide

Woman (uncredited)

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Reap the Wild Wind

Ball Guest (uncredited)

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Lady for a Night

Woman (uncredited)

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Rings on Her Fingers

Tall Woman Exiting Ladies Lounge (uncredited)

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The Wolf Man

Townswoman (uncredited)

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How Green Was My Valley

Bit Part (uncredited)

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Hold Back the Dawn

Young Woman in Bar (uncredited)

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Misbehaving Husbands Aka Dummy Troubl

Gossiping Friend

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The Doctor Takes a Wife

Extra (uncredited)

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Young Tom Edison

Train Passenger (uncredited)

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The Women

Mud Bath Nurse (uncredited)

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Tassels in the Air

Louella Pindell (uncredited)

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The Big Broadcast of 1938

Woman (uncredited)

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Easy Living

Saleswoman (uncredited)

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All Over Town

Mamie

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Wells Fargo Days

Pioneer Woman (uncredited)

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Souls at Sea

Barmaid (uncredited)

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Broadway Melody of 1936

Actress in Bob Gordon's Waiting Room (uncredited)

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The Great Ziegfeld

Sassy Blonde in Anna Held's Audience (uncredited)

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San Francisco

Drunk's Girl (uncredited)

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Postal Inspector

Woman with Drumsticks (uncredited)

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Our Relations

Extra in Pirate's Club (uncredited)

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His Brother's Wife

Minor Role (uncredited)

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The Milky Way

Party Guest (uncredited)

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Honeymoon Limited

Lady Devonshire

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Dante's Inferno

Concessionaire's Wife (uncredited)

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Bum Voyage

Ship's passenger at party (uncredited)

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Sweet Adeline

Minor Role (uncredited)

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Frisco Jenny

Miss Beulah (uncredited)

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Untamed

Mrs. Mason

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Mrs. St. Clare (uncredited)

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A Woman of Affairs

Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Cat and the Canary

Cecily

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Behind The Front

French barmaid

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The Strong Man

'Lily' of Broadway

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Stage Struck

Lillian Lyons

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Beyond the Rocks

Morella Winmarleigh

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Through the Back Door

Louise Reeves

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The Wicked Darling

Adele Hoyt

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The Delicious Little Devil

Chorus Girl (uncredited)

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Bucking Broadway

Gladys (uncredited)

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Great Guy

Party Guest (uncredited)

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