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Occupation  Actress
Role  Film actress
Name  Astrid Allwyn
Years active  1929–1943

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Born  November 27, 1905 (1905-11-27) Manchester, Connecticut, U.S.
Died  March 31, 1978, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Charles O. Fee (m. 1941–1978), Robert Kent (m. 1937–1941)
Movies  Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Love Affair, Follow the Fleet, Mystery Liner, City of Missing Girls
Similar People  Robert Kent, Melinda O Fee, William Nigh, Mark Sandrich, William A Seiter

Children  Melinda O. Fee, Vicki Fee

Movie Legends - Astrid Allwyn

Astrid Allwyn (November 27, 1905 – March 31, 1978) was an American stage and film actress.


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Early years

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Allwyn was born Astrid Christofferson in South Manchester, Connecticut, part of a family that included four sisters and a brother. When she was 3 years old, her family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts.

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At age 13, she sang well enough in a concert to be offered a scholarship to the Boston Conservatory of Music, but she declined rather than move away from her home. After finishing high school, she moved to New York, hoping for a career as a concert singer, but she ended up taking classes at a business college and becoming a typist for a business on Wall Street.


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Allwyn studied dancing and dramatics in New York and later joined a stock company. Allwyn made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Elmer Rice's Street Scene. On the strength of her performance in Once in a Lifetime, she was given film work. She signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and began her screen career.

In films, she often played the woman from whom the male star escaped, for example Charles Boyer's character's fiancée in the 1939 version of Love Affair or James Stewart's in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Personal life

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Her first husband was actor Robert Kent; the two appeared together in the 1936 Shirley Temple film Dimples. They married on January 10, 1937, in Tijuana, Mexico, and were divorced in 1941. She remained married to second spouse Charles O. Fee until her death in 1978, at age 72. Two of their daughters, Melinda and Vicki, also became actresses.


On March 31, 1978, Allwyn died of cancer in Los Angeles, California.

Partial filmography

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  • Lady with a Past (1932)
  • Love Affair (1932)
  • The Girl From Calgary (1932)
  • Hello, Sister! (1933)
  • Servants' Entrance (1934)
  • Mystery Liner (1934)
  • One More Spring (1935)
  • Hands Across the Table (1935)
  • Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)
  • Follow the Fleet (1936)
  • Dimples (1936)
  • Stowaway (1936)
  • International Crime (1937)
  • Venus Makes Trouble (1937)
  • Love Affair (1939)
  • Miracles for Sale (1939)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • Reno (1939)
  • The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940)
  • City of Missing Girls (1941)
  • No Hands on the Clock (1941)
  • Melody for Three (1941)
  • References

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