An actress of grace and finesse, Mary Astor [Lucille Langhanke] broke into silent motion pictures on the strength of her appearance in beauty contests and Charles Albin's photographs, Astor played winsome ingenues in the 1920s, subtle matrons in the sound era, and extreme personalities in the latter 1930s and 1940s. Winner of an Academy Award for best supporting actress ("The Great Lie"), she is best known for her work in "The Maltese Falcon" and "Dodsworth." Her brief and intermittant stage career occurred after her long success in motion pictures.
Astor's infamous diary of assignations figured in one of the lurid divorce dramas of the 1930s and leaked passages flamed the public perception of Hollywood as a world of sexual tumult. It was burned before witnesses in 1952.