Mary Astor, My Story
Astor, Mary. Mary Astor, My Story. First Edition. 1959. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition—there are tape marks to the covers, and jacket shows minor edgewear and few tiny tears.
A divorce scandal in the 1930s overshadows how we remember Mary Astor, but she was a venerable Hollywood star, with screen credits from the 1920s to the 1960s and an Academy Award to her name. Her diary chronicled her adulterous affair with George Kaufman, which her soon-to-be ex-husband attempted to use the diary against her in court. It was a great scandal, and only the intervention of Samuel Goldwyn saved her career. This intelligent and well-written biography covers the scandal and how the diaries came to be, as well as her victory over alcoholism, and much more.
“The mind rests in truth, and it is turbulent and muddy and unproductive if truth is avoided.”