Pages from the Past: Mary Astor in Court

After Mary Astor finished with Trapped by Television, which was released in June 1936, the actress had other things on her busy schedule that summer, including appearing in court.

The fight for custody of her daughter with former husband Franklyn Thorpe made the news. It was known informally as the Diary Trial, since Thorpe used evidence in the actress' diaries to alleged his ex-wife unfit for raising a child.

Below is an AP story in The Evening Independent on July 28, 1936, complete with excerpts from Astor's diaries.


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