September 23, 2021

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The Tragic Real-Life Story of Mary Astor – HEARTBREAKING CHILDHOOD AND UNHAPPY MARRIAGE

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The Tragic Real-Life Story of Mary Astor – HEARTBREAKING CHILDHOOD AND UNHAPPY MARRIAGE.
The true story of Mary Astor. Astor was born in Quincy, Illinois, the only child of Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and Helen Marie de Vasconcellos. Both of her parents were teachers. Her German father emigrated to the United States from Berlin in 1891 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen; her American mother was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, and had Portuguese roots. They married on August 3, 1904, in Lyons, Kansas. Astor’s father taught German at Quincy High School until the U.S. entered World War I. Later on, he took up light farming. Astor’s mother, who had always wanted to be an actress, taught drama and elocution. Astor was home-schooled in academics and was taught to play the piano by her father, who insisted she practice daily. Her piano talents came in handy when she played piano in her films The Great Lie and Meet Me in St. Louis.
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