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Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor(2018)

Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor is a documentary about a woman who had to make a choice after learning her personal—and very intimate—diaries had been stolen. As an actress, an employee of the Hollywood studios, it meant risking everything. Using interviews with Astor’s daughter Marylyn, along with film historians Molly Haskell and Leonard Maltin, this film tells the story of Astor’s 1936 child custody case. Coincidentally, at the same time the trial was taking place, the actress was filming the movie Dodsworth (1936), directed by William Wyler. David Wyler, the director’s son, and L.A. Times critic Kevin Thomas are also interviewed and give their perspectives on this amazing—and very timely—struggle. Produced, written and directed by Alexa Foreman and narrated by director and Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant.

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