How much did you know about one of our favorite actresses, Mary Astor? Let’s check our Monday Quiz answers to find out.

To review the questions, just scroll down to the blog below.  Here we go:

1) Answer:  b) False.  Astor’s marvelous characterization of Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon was carefully rehearsed by the actress and director John Huston well before the movie went into production. She was the enchanting murderess to my idea of perfection, Huston later wrote.

2) Answer:  b) False. Astor was born in 1906 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of German immigrants.

3) Answer:  a) Astor played a worn out prostitute opposite Van Heflin in Act of Violence.  Need we say more? Although often cast at MGM in  wholesome, maternal type roles, Astor pulled off here part with conviction.

4) Answer:  c) Astor started early, at age 14, egged on by her ambitious parents.  The beauty competitions led to an acting start in silent movies.

5) Answer:  a) John Barrymore, the star of one of Astor’s early films, 1924’s Don Juan. (Our clue here is contained in our opening paragraphs of yesterday’s blog.)

6) Answer:  c) George S. Kaufman.  He and Astor had a celebrated affair, the intimate details of which were revealed in the divorce proceedings involving the actress’ second husband, Dr. Franklin Thorpe. Astor wrote ecstatically of George’s body plunging into mine, naked under the stars. The ensuing scandal gave Astor a career boost.

7) Answer:  a) Roman Catholicism.

8) Answer:  d) Sandra in 1941’s The Great Lie, with Bette Davis. We prefer her as Brigid O’Shaughnessy.

9) Answer:  c) After her movie career ended, Astor turn productively to writing fiction.

10) Answer:  d) Astor’s last film was director Robert Aldrich’s 1964 drama, Hush, Hush…Sweet Charlotte, with the actress’ solid screen partner, Bette Davis, on hand.

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