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  • BIRTH 09/11/1887
  • DEATH 09/11/1977
  • Country United States
  • SHOW 1
  • MOVIES 37

Gertrude Astor

Gertrude Astor (Born Gertrude Eyster 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, Astor at the age of 12 ran off and 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.

Gertrude Astor

Show

I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Showgirl #4

Movies (37)

Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
Courtier (uncredited)
A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Bit Part (uncredited)
Leave Her to Heaven
Leave Her to Heaven
Prison Matron (uncredited)
The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man
Townswoman (uncredited)
All About Eve
All About Eve
Sarah Siddons Awards Guest (uncredited)
When Worlds Collide
When Worlds Collide
Traveler (uncredited)
The Horse Soldiers
The Horse Soldiers
Townswoman
The File on Thelma Jordon
The File on Thelma Jordon
Juror (Uncredited)
Sergeant Rutledge
Sergeant Rutledge
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Scared Stiff
Scared Stiff
Man with Spaghetti's Wife (uncredited)
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
Townswoman
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Long Legs
Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
Weird Woman
Weird Woman
Party Guest (uncredited)
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Denver Party Guest (uncredited)
Guilty Parents
Guilty Parents
Marie
Beyond the Rocks
Beyond the Rocks
Morella Winmarleigh
A Woman of Affairs
A Woman of Affairs
Party Guest (uncredited)
Frisco Lil
Frisco Lil
Kiki
Kiki
Paulette Mascar
Dragonwyck
Dragonwyck
Nurse (uncredited)
Come Clean
Come Clean
Mrs. Hardy
Bunco Squad
Bunco Squad
Club Patron (uncredited)
The Doctor Takes a Wife
The Doctor Takes a Wife
Extra
San Francisco
San Francisco
Drunk's Girl (uncredited)
Dust Be My Destiny
Dust Be My Destiny
Dame (uncredited)
Sitting Pretty
Sitting Pretty
Townswoman (uncredited)
3 Godfathers
3 Godfathers
Saloon Girl (uncredited)
Easy Living
Easy Living
Saleswoman (uncredited)
Wichita
Wichita
Saloon Madam (uncredited)
The Big Broadcast of 1938
The Big Broadcast of 1938
Woman (uncredited)
Lorna Doone
Lorna Doone
Countess of Brandir (uncredited)
Scandal Sheet
Scandal Sheet
Neighbor (uncredited)
The Virgin Queen
The Virgin Queen
Lady-in-Waiting - 2nd Group
The Cat and the Canary
The Cat and the Canary
Cecily
Calcutta
Calcutta
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Woman in Hiding
Woman in Hiding
Woman in Drugstore (uncredited)