Mary Astor Blogathon Redux (May 3-10)

Happy 107th, Mary! (You're aging very well.)
Happy 107th, Mary! You wear it well, you minx.

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
FlickChick Holiday 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




  1. 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


  2. 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! 🙂


  3. 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.


      • 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!


  4. 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!


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