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Edward Sorel's Mary Astor's Purple Diary and Joseph Egan's The Purple Diaries: EW Review

Mary Astor is probably most famous for playing the slippery femme fatale Brigid O’Shaughnessy opposite Humphrey Bogart’s hardened detective Sam Spade in the 1941 noir classic The Maltese Falcon. What’s lesser known — but equally intriguing — is the fact that Astor spurred one of the biggest Hollywood scandals of all time. In 1936, she sued her ex-husband Dr. Franklyn Thorpe for custody of their daughter Marylyn — and as the court case transpired, Astor was filming Dodsworth, which went on to be hailed as one of her best performances.

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