The Mary Astor collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and photographs.
Manuscripts in the collection include Astor's drafts of My Story (autobiography, Doubleday, 1959); The Incredible Charlie Carewe (novel, Doubleday, 1960); The Image of Kate (novel, Doubleday, 1962); The O'Connors (novel, Doubleday, 1964); Goodbye Darling, Be Happy (novel, Doubleday, 1965); A Place Called Saturday (novel, Delacorte, 1969); A Life on Film (autobiography, Delacorte, 1971); and I Remember Elizabeth (novel, unpublished, ca. 1977). Other writings by Astor in the collection include various short items, including "The Problem and the Actress" (essay, 1960); teleplay for Checkmate (not used); teleplay for Dr. Kildare (not used, 1962); "Bogie -- For Real" (short memoir, 1967); "The Sound Gimmick" (short memoir, 1967); and other miscellaneous items.
Most of the correspondence in the collection is between Astor and her editors and publishers; these date from ca. 1959 to 1977. Other letters include fan letters to Astor, letters regarding legal problems from individuals mentioned in My Story, and a letter from Hedda Hopper to Astor regarding a column to be written by Astor for Hopper (not dated; clipping of column attached).
Printed material in the collection consists primarily of clippings, reviews, and publicity regarding Astor and her books. Other items include a movie theater program for Don Juan (1926), starring Astor and John Barrymore, and three articles about Humphrey Bogart.Photographs in the collection consist of images used in A Life on Film; several of the images are stills from films discussed in the book.
|1. Astor, Mary, 1906-1987|
|1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide|
|2. Literary Collections Subject Guide|
|3. Theatre and Film Subject Guide|
|4. Helen Deutsch Research Section|
|5. Motion picture industry – United States|
|6. Actresses -- United States|
|7. Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States|
|8. Actresses -- United States -- Biography|
|9. Women authors, American|