Monday, March 30, 2009
Astrid Allwyn was a stage and film actress and an accomplished singer. She made her Broadway debut in 1929, the year of the Wall Street crash, in Elmer Rice's Street Scene.
After Broadway Astrid turned to Hollywood and appeared in a lot of Depression era films, often playing the woman the leading character runs away from - for example Cary Crant's fiancée in Love Affair (1939) and James Stewart's in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). In the latter she plays the daughter of Claude Rain's character Senator Joseph Paine.
She also played the role of Mrs. Iris Manning in the Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers film Follow the Fleet (1936).
Astrid Allwyn was married twice. She met her first husband, actor Robert Kent, on the shooting of the Shirley Temple film Dimples (1936). They divorced in 1941. She had two daughters with her second husband Charles O. Fee, and was married to him until her death from cancer in 1978.
Here is the link to the first (of eight) part of Dimples, with Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Robert Kent and Astrid Allwyn.