Supposedly lost the lead role opposite Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik (1921) because of her extreme height.
A special tribute was paid to 87-year-old Gertrude Astor on September 30, 1975 at Universal Studios. Among those in attendance who spoke included George Cukor, Allan Dwan and Henry Hathaway.
Born in Lakewood, Ohio on Lake Erie about five miles west of Cleveland. Was raised in Lima, Ohio, an industrial city.
Extremely tall for her age (5'11"), she appeared mainly in second leads and support roles.
Played trombone on a Mississippi showboat.