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Born: November 27, 1905 in South Manchester, Connecticut, USA
Died: March 31, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death: Cancer

Spouse 1: Robert Kent (?-?) (divorced)
Spouse 2: L.J. Fee (?-March 31, 1978) (her death)

Filmography
Photos



Biography: A very lovely actress who shined like a star in the 1930s-1940s.  She had the looks and the talent to be a major star, but pretty much stayed as leading ladies in B-pictures, and supporting roles in A-pictures.

    Astrid was so much fun, and so plucky.  It looked like she was having a great time on the screen, and she gave us a great time just watching her.

    A standout role would have to be her Phoebe Lane, the leading lady in 1938's "International Crime".  This movie featured the famous crimefighter The Shadow, although you'd never know it.  "International Crime" was the second-ever Shadow movie, and like the first, The Shadow was not a superhero, only a detective.  As you might know, The Shadow's girlfriend is supposed to be named Margo Lane.  Here she is known as Phoebe Lane.  Anyway, Phoebe is a newspaper reporter aspiring to greatness, so she's trying to help out Lamont Cranston aka The Shadow, solve a puzzling crime.

    Phoebe Lane is a competent reporter, but delightfully goofy.  And she always seems to be positive.  Astrid Allwyn is as funny as she is sexy, which is not an easy balance to maintain, but she does it beautifully.

    Astrid began her career as a singer and a broadway actress before turning to Hollywood.  She is the mother of actresses Melinda O. Fee and Vicki Fee.  Astrid did a lot of work from 1932-1941, did one more show in 1943, then completely dropped out of sight.  She was only 37 when she retired from the screen.  It's a pity, because Astrid would have even been entertaining as an older actress.  She could have found her niche in playing "goofy old lady" characters that we see so commonly in movies and television.  The world will never know what it missed.

    I'd like to know more about Astrid Allwyn.  If you know anything, please CONTACT ME.

Filmography:

Title
Year
Character



Lady With a Past (aka Reputation)
1932
Lola Goadby
Love Affair
1932
Linda Lee
Night Mayor
1932
Patsy
Hat Check Girl (aka Embassy Girl [UK])
1932
Party guest
The Girl from Calgary
1932
Mazie Williams
Bachelor Mother
1932
Lola Butler
The Iron Master
1933
Flo Lancert
Hello, Sister! (aka Clipped Wings [UK])
1933
Girl
Only Yesterday
1933
uncredited
He Couldn't Take It (aka One of the Many [UK])
1933
Blonde
All of Me
1934
Ray
Beggars in Ermine
1934
Mrs. Vivian Dawson
Mystery Liner (aka The Ghost of John Holling)
1934
Lila Kane
Monte Carlo Nights
1934
Blondie Roberts
Servant's Entrance
1934
Sigrid Hansen
The White Parade
1934
Gertrude Mack
One More Spring
1935
Girl at Auction
The Great Hotel Murder
1935
Nora at Bookstand, uncredited
It's a Small World
1935
Nancy Naylor
Dante's Inferno
1935
Girl in Stoke-Hold, uncredited
Accent on Youth
1935
Genevieve Lang
Ladies Love Danger
1935
Chorus Girl, uncredited
Way Down East
1935
Kate
Hands Across the Table
1935
Vivian Snowden
Charlie Chan's Secret
1936
Janice Gage (daughter)
Follow the Fleet
1936
Mrs. Iris Manning
Star for a Night
1936
Josephine Hall
Dimples
1936
Cleo Marsh
Flying Hostess
1936
Phyllis Crawford
Stowaway
1936
Kay Swift
Woman-Wise
1937
"Bubbles" Carson
Murder Goes to College
1937
Greta Barry
Venus Makes Trouble
1937
Iris Randall
It Could Happen to You!
1937
Angela
The Westland Case
1937
Miss Brentino
Love Takes Flight
1937
Diane Audre
International Crime
1938
Phoebe Lane
Love Affair
1939
Lois Clarke
Miracles for Sale
1939
Mrs. Zelma La Claire
Honeymoon in Bali (aka Husbands or Lovers [UK], My Love for Yours [US video])
1939
Fortune Teller at Egret Room
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
1939
Susan Paine
Reno
1939
Mrs. Flora McKenzie Kane
The Lone Wolf Strikes
1940
Binnie Weldon
Gangs of Chicago
1940
Virginia Brandt
The Leather Pushers
1940
Pat Danbury
Meet the Missus
1940
Violet Stevens
Melody for Three
1941
Gladys McClelland
City of Missing Girls
1941
Nora Page
There's Magic in Music (aka The Hard-Boiled Canary)
1941
Girl, uncredited
Puddin' Head (aka Judy Goes to Town [UK])
1941
Yvonne
Cracked Nuts
1941
Ethel Mitchell
Unexpected Uncle
1941
Sara Cochran
No Hands on the Clock
1941
Gypsy Toland
Hit Parade of 1943 (aka Change of Heart [US reissue])
1943
Joyce Germaine

Photos:

Astrid Allwyn
Astrid Allwyn with William Gargan.

Astrid Allwyn
Astrid Allwyn, in an advertisement for the December, 1931 issue of Cinelandia.  Cinelandia was a magazine from Argentina.

Astrid Allwyn
Astrid Allwyn in a 1930s publicity photo.