Happy Birthday to Mary Astor, who was born on May 3, 1906 – or so her publicist tells us.
To honor dear Mary, we are hosting a blogathon from May 3-10. Please visit the wonderful tributes at the links and on the dates listed below. If you’re able, leave our participants a quick “fan letter”.
Our cohostess for the Mary Astor Blogathon is the lovely and talented Dorian from Tales of the Easily Distracted. If you’d like to get even more information on the blogathon, you can visit her blog here.
Thanks to our contributors for your enthusiasm and all the Mary love.
|Tales of the Easily Distracted||The Palm Beach Story||May 3|
|Another Old Movie Blog||Biography of Mary Astor||May 3|
|Critica Retro||Romance of the Underworld||May 3|
|Wide Screen World||Dodsworth||May 3|
|Stardust||Meet Me in St. Louis||May 3|
|The Last Drive-In||The Man with Two Faces||May 4|
|I Started Late & Forgot Dog||Poem: Ladies Love Brutes||May 4|
|Shadows and Satin||Behind Office Doors||May 4|
|Man on Flying Trapeze||The Lost Squadron||May 4|
|1001 Movies||Dodsworth||May 5|
|Lerner Int’l Enterprises||Hurricane||May 5|
|Joy & Agony of Movies||Palm Beach Story + Act of Violence||May 5|
|Classic Cinema Reviews/Kids||The Maltese Falcon||May 5|
|Strictly Vintage Hollywood||Mary Astor: A Life in Film||May 5|
|Classic Movie Night||Dodsworth||May 6|
|Comet Over Hollywood||My Story||May 6|
|Twenty-Four Frames||Act of Violence||May 6|
|Lasso the Movies||Across the Pacific||May 6|
|The Movie Projector||Midnight||May 6|
|She Blogged By Night||Holiday||May 6|
|The Girl with the White Parasol||Desert Fury||May 6|
|Journeys in Classic Film||Meet Me in St. Louis||May 6|
|Movies, Silently||Oh, Doctor! + The Beggar Maid||May 7|
|Thrilling Days of Yesteryear||Checkmate – Brooding Fixation||May 7|
|Movie Classics||And So They Were Married||May 7|
|Noir & Chick Flicks||The Case of the Howling Dog||May 7|
|In So Many Words||Dodsworth||May 7|
|Immortal Ephemera||The Sin Ship||May 8|
|Silver Screenings||The Great Lie||May 8|
|Caftan Woman||Kennell Murder Case + Case of the Howling Dog||May 8|
|Kevin’s Movie Corner||The Prisoner of Zenda||May 8|
|Sea Horses & Pearls||Red Dust||May 8|
|Once Upon a Screen||The Maltese Falcon||May 9|
|Vienna’s Classic Hollywood||Any Number Can Play &/or Act of Violence||May 9|
|Random Ramblings…||Thriller – Rose’s Last Summer||May 9|
|In So Many Words||Dodsworth||May 9|
|Portraits by Jenni||The Hurricane||May 10|
|Nitrate Diva||Beau Brummel or The Little Giant||May 10|
|A Small Press Life||Red Dust||May 10|
|Pre-Code||Upper World||May 10|
|My Love of Old Hollywood||Biography of Mary Astor||May 10|
|Jim Lane’s Cinedrome||Brigham Young||May 10|
Yahoo! Looking forward to reading the first posts tomorrow!
Thanks! Me too! These are all going to be great.
So excited to see the gala begin… Yay
Me too! This is gonna be great!
All of us here at both Silver Screenings AND Tales of the Easily Distracted are so excited, and we just can’t hide it! 😀 We’re all looking forward to a wonderful week of blogging to celebrate that talented, fabulous Oscar-winner Mary Astor! Thanks a million for launching our birthday girl in grand style! Pass the cake, please! ;-D
Yay! Let the festivities begin.
I second that emotionr! 😀
My post is up and running! Thanks for including me!
Excellent! You’re the first one of the day, Ivan. I’m heading there now.
Love this fabulous actress and accomplished writer – and last night I had to see “Dodsworth” again just for that final shot of her transformative smile. Yeah for the Blogathon!
It was Dorian’s idea, she of Tales of the Easily Distracted. There have been terrific posts so far, and more to come.
You are welcome to join us, if you like. Just let us know when you’d like to post a Mary-related item. 🙂
Yes, isn’t that “Dodsworth” smile fabulous?
Ruth, my friend, thanks for your kind praise, as always, and Vickie, I’m delighted to meet you! I speak for both Ruth and myself when I say yes, we’d be glad to have you join in our Mary Astor Blogathon fun! 🙂
Sounds like a great line-up. I look forward to reading some of the entries.
Oh yeah, we’ve had some terrific entries so far! Thanks for checking it out. 🙂
A fun post! I think a lot of people will be watching for this movie.
Wow, Ruth – your and DorianTB’s blogathon has sure garnered a slew of contributors…way to go! I had no idea there was so much love for Mary Astor out there. I look forward to reading the various posts, as I haven’t seen Ms. Astor in many films (and always found her grating in THE MALTESE FALCON – of course, she cna’t help the way that her character is written). I did enjoy Astor in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, which looks simply beautiful on Blu-Ray.
Thanks, Jeff! The blogathon was Dorian’s idea – she knows a good thing when she sees it.
It’s great to see all the Mary Astor love, isn’t it? A remarkable actress.
Aw, thanks for your kind praise, Ruth, Jeff! Even I’m thrilled that so many bloggers are participating! In a funny way, the CMBA deserves thanks, too, since this all started when I blogged about ACROSS THE PACIFIC in the CMBA Fabulous ’40s Blogathon earlier this year. I’ve been a Mary Astor fan for years, but even I was pleasantly surprised at how many people turned out to be Mary Astor fans. We all started kidding about having a Mary Astor Blogathon, and soon I thought, “By golly, why not give Mary her own Blogathon?” The rest is history, so to speak! Thanks to you and everyone here making our Blogathon a beautiful realtiy! 🙂
Hey, Jeff, glad to hear from you joining the Mary Astor Blogathon conversation! Even if our gal Mary’s performance in THE MALTESE FALCON isn’t your cup of hemlock (can’t please everyone :-)),Ruth and I appreciate your comments – many thanks! Hope you’ll read and enjoy the great work by all the wonderful bloggers who’ve joined our Mary Astor Blogathon fun!
Well Ruth I have to say that this blogathon has been my absolute favorite! This posts were interesting, enthusiastic and extremely educational for anyone who loves Mary Astor or for those who are just now being introduced to her films.
A lot of the reason this blogathon was so enjoyable is because of how professionally you marvelous hosts have handled everything. Each step was so simple.
Thanks for all the fun, and I look forward to doing it again!
Thanks for your kind comments, Paul! The posts were terrific, weren’t they? Admittedly, I haven’t seen many of the featured films, but I’m looking forward to seeing ALL of them.
Dorian seized upon the idea a few months ago and her enthusiasm has been contagious. She is a marvelous co-host and, if you’re thinking of hosting a blogathon yourself some day, she would be a great person to have on board.
Ruth, Paul, thank you very kindly indeed for your praise and for being part of our Mary Astor Blogathon! It was a labor of love for me and for our own indomitable Ruth, and I’m thrilled that you and everyone else who participated eagerly embraced both Mary and her Blogathon!
Thanks, too, for recommending my Blogathon skills for future Blogathons; you’re most kind! Not today, though; it’s Mother’s Day, and I’m kicking back with movies, family, and Red Velvet Pancake Brunch! 😀 Thanks again, and warmest wishes to all!