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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 94

Birthday 1887-11-09

Day of Death 1977-11-09

Place of Birth Lakewood, Ohio, USA

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Also Known As

  • Gertrude Aster

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1965 My Mother the Car (1 episode)
1965 The Sound of Music as Party Guest (uncredited)
1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown as Denver Party Guest (uncredited)
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Townswoman (uncredited)
1961 The Devil's Hand as The Elderly Cultist
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days as Extra (uncredited)
1956 The Boss as Woman at Dedication (uncredited)
1955 Daddy Long Legs as Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
1953 Scared Stiff as Man with Spaghetti's Wife (uncredited)
1952 Paula as Mrs. Brown (uncredited)
1952 Scandal Sheet as Neighbor (uncredited)
1951 When Worlds Collide as Traveler (uncredited)
1951 I Love Lucy (1 episode)
1951 A Place in the Sun as Bit Part (uncredited)
1950 Bunco Squad as Club Patron
1950 Sunset Boulevard as Courtier (uncredited)
1948 3 Godfathers as Saloon Girl (uncredited)
1948 Joe Palooka in Winner Take All as Mrs. Howard
1948 Music Man
1947 Fun on a Weekend as Party Guest
1947 Monsieur Verdoux as Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
1946 Dragonwyck as Nurse (uncredited)
1945 Leave Her to Heaven as Prison Matron
1945 Girls of the Big House as Railroad Matron
1943 The Kansan as Blonde Townswoman
1943 The Avenging Rider as Martha
1943 Idaho as Party Guest
1942 Lost Canyon as Mrs. Anson
1941 Hold Back the Dawn as Young Woman in Bar (uncredited)
1940 Misbehaving Husbands as Gossiping Friend
1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife as Extra
1939 The Llano Kid as Saloon Hostess
1939 $1,000 a Touchdown as McGlen Wife
1939 Dust Be My Destiny as Dame
1939 The Women as Mud Bath Nurse
1938 Tassels in the Air as Louella Pindell (uncredited)
1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938 as Woman (uncredited)
1937 Wells Fargo as Pioneer Woman
1937 All Over Town as Mamie
1937 Rich Relations
1936 Empty Saddles as Eloise Hayes
1936 San Francisco as Drunk's Girl (uncredited)
1935 I Don't Remember as Sophie Glick
1935 It's in the Air as (uncredited)
1935 Cappy Ricks Returns as Speaker (uncredited)
1935 Here Comes the Band
1935 Honeymoon Limited as Lady Devonshire
1935 Border Brigands as Big Six -Saloon Girl
1935 Northern Frontier as Mae
1934 Guilty Parents as Marie
1933 Carnival Lady as Zandra, Fortune Teller
1933 Ship of Wanted Men as Vera
1933 I Have Lived as Harriet Naisson
1932 Flaming Gold as Escort Service Madam
1932 Western Limited as Mrs. Winters
1932 High Hats and Low Brows as Mrs. Billingsgate
1932 They Never Come Back as Kate
1932 While Paris Sleeps
1932 In Walked Charley as Gertrude Henderson
1931 Come Clean as Mrs. Hardy
1930 Dames Ahoy as The Blonde
1930 Be Yourself! as Lillian
1929 Untamed as Mrs. Mason
1929 The Fall of Eve as Mrs. Ford
1929 Two Weeks Off as Agnes
1929 Synthetic Sin as Sheila Kelly
1928 A Woman of Affairs as Party Guest
1927 Oh, What a Man! as The Bandit
1927 The Small Bachelor as Fanny
1927 The Cat and the Canary as Cecily
1927 The Taxi Dancer as Kitty Lane
1926 The Cheerful Fraud as Rose
1926 The Strong Man as Lily de Broadway
1926 Tell Em Nothing as Mrs. Gladstone
1926 Kiki as Paulette
1926 Behind the Front as French barmaid
1926 The Boy Friend as Mrs. White
1925 Stage Struck as Lillian Lyons
1925 Kentucky Pride as Mrs. Beaumont
1925 The Charmer as Bertha Sedgwick
1924 Secrets as Mrs. Manwaring
1923 The Ne'er-Do-Well as Edith Cortlandt
1922 Lorna Doone as Countess of Brandir
1922 Beyond the Rocks as Morella Winmarleigh
1921 Through The Back Door as Louise Reeves
1920 The Branding Iron as Betty Morena
1919 The Wicked Darling as Adele Hoyt
1918 The Brazen Beauty
1917 Bondage
1917 Cheyenne's Pal as Dancehall girl
1917 The Rescue
1917 The Little Orphan
1917 Polly Redhead as Lady Caroline
1917 The Devil's Pay Day

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