MARY ASTOR - DOCUMENT SIGNED 1953 - HFSID 344189
Sale Price $1,275.00
The Academy Award-winning actress signs her name on this legal document agreeing to her divorce from Thomas Gordon Wheelock, to whom she was married for ten years, on the grounds of "extreme cruelty". Letters from her attorney Phillip Barnett are also included
(1) Document signed: "Mary Astor Wheelock" in blue ink. 8½x13. 5 p. 1953. Copy of divorce agreement from the State of California for Mary Astor to be released from her marriage to Thomas Gordon Wheelock on the grounds of "extreme cruelty and non-support". Phillip Barnett was the attorney representing her. Toned. Light creasing in the corners. Creases from folding. Holes punched at top of pages. Documents stapled together. Otherwise, fine condition. (2) Typed letter signed: "Phillip" in blue ink. 8½x11. San Francisco, January 31, 1955 from Phillip Barnett to Mary Astor. In part: "Upon my arrival home, the enclosed photostat of a letter [included] reached me. It might be in order to let him get it in Nevada, if you are so inclined..." Toned. Lightly creased throughout. Normal mailing folds. Paperclip indent at top left corner. Otherwise, fine condition. (3) Typed letter signed: "Phillip" in green ink. 8½x11. San Francisco, November 30, 1954. In part: "Under the law of this State, a child can bring independent action against a parent for support regardless of what the divorce decree may say in this respect." Toned. Creased throughout. Normal mailing folds. Light paperclip marking at upper left corner. Otherwise, fine condition. Mary Astor (1906-1987) had a successful silent screen career, costarring with John Barrymore in Beau Brummell (1923) and Don Juan (1926). Her career was threatened by tabloid scandals in the 1930s, including a very contentious divorce, but she moved on to even greater film success in the talking era. She won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying chain-smoking concert pianist Sandra Kovak in Warner Bros.' The Great Lie, which starred Bette Davis. That same year, she costarred with Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon. She wrote five novels; her autobiography and subsequent film memoir were both best sellers. 3 Items.
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