Astrid Allwyn

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Astrid Allwyn
Astrid Allwyn in Follow the Fleet trailer.jpg
from the trailer for Follow the Fleet (1936)
Born Astrid Christofferson
(1905-11-27)November 27, 1905
Manchester, Connecticut, U.S.
Died March 31, 1978(1978-03-31) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1929–1943
Spouse(s) Robert Kent
(m. 1937; div. 1941)

Charles O. Fee
(m. 1941)
Children 2, including Melinda O. Fee

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

Early years[edit]

Allwyn was born Astrid Christofferson in South Manchester, Connecticut,[1] part of a family that included four sisters and a brother. When she was 3 years old, her family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts.[2]

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.[3]


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.[3]

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[edit]

Her first husband was actor Robert Kent; the two appeared together in the 1936 Shirley Temple film Dimples.[3] They married on January 10, 1937, in Tijuana, Mexico,[4] 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.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Hollywood Roundup". Belvidere Daily Republican. Illinois, Belvidere. United Press. January 19, 1937. p. 7. Retrieved January 15, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Dietz, Edith (November 24, 1935). "Astrid Allwyn -- 'Child of the Stars'". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. p. 75. Retrieved January 15, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c Smithson, E.J. (November 1937). "Actress by Accident". Hollywood. 26 (10): 41, 78. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Astrid Allwyn Bride of Robert Kent, Actor". The Evening Sun. Pennsylvania, Hanover. Associated Press. January 18, 1937. p. 8. Retrieved January 15, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 34. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 

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