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Betty Compson (1897–1974)


A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on Alexander Pantages Theatre Circuit, again doing her ... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1948 Here Comes Trouble
Martha Blake
 1947 Second Chance
Mrs. Davenport
 1946 Her Adventurous Night
Miss Spencer
 1946 Claudia and David (uncredited)
 1943 Danger! Women at Work
Madame Sappho
 1941 Escort Girl
Ruth Ashley
 1941 Zis Boom Bah
Mame (uncredited)
 1941 Invisible Ghost
Mrs. Kessler
 1941 Roar of the Press
Mrs. Thelma Tate
 1941 The Watchman Takes a Wife (Short)
Molly Clyde
 1940 Laughing at Danger
Mrs. Van Horn
 1940 Mad Youth
Lucy Morgan
 1940 Strange Cargo
Suzanne (uncredited)
 1940 Cafe Hostess
Cafe Hostess (uncredited)
 1939 Cowboys from Texas
Belle Starkey
 1939 News Is Made at Night
Kitty Truman
 1939 Hotel Imperial
Soubrette
 1938 Under the Big Top
Marie
 1938 Religious Racketeers
Ada Bernard
 1938 The Beloved Brat
Eleanor Sparks (uncredited)
 1938 Two Gun Justice
Kate
 1938 Torchy Blane in Panama
Kitty, Gomez's Moll
 1938 A Slight Case of Murder
Loretta
 1938 Port of Missing Girls
Chicago
 1938 Blondes at Work
Blanche Revelle
 1937 Federal Bullets
Sue, Gang Moll
 1937 God's Country and the Man
Roxey Moore
 1937 Circus Girl
Carlotta
 1936 Two Minutes to Play
'Fluff' Harding
 1936 Killer at Large
Kate
 1936 Bulldog Edition
Billie Blake aka Aggie
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
Betty
 1936 The Drag-Net
Mollie Cole
 1936 The Millionaire Kid
Gloria Neville
 1936 Laughing Irish Eyes
Molly
 1936 August Week End
Ethel Ames
 1935 False Pretenses
Clarissa Stanhope
 1934 No Sleep on the Deep (Short)
Mrs. Eldridge
 1933 Notorious But Nice
Millie Sprague
 1933 Destination Unknown
Ruby Smith
 1933 West of Singapore
Lou
 1932 Guilty or Not Guilty
Maizie
 1932 The Silver Lining
Kate Flynn
 1931 Hollywood Halfbacks (Short)
 1931 The Gay Diplomat
Baroness Alma Corri
 1931 Three Who Loved
Helga Larson Hanson
 1931 The Virtuous Husband
Inez Wakefield
 1931 The Lady Refuses
June
 1930 The Boudoir Diplomat
Helene
 1930 She Got What She Wanted
Mahyna
 1930 Inside the Lines
Jane Gershon
 1930 Midnight Mystery
Sally Wayne
 1930 Czar of Broadway
Connie Colton
 1930 Those Who Dance
Kitty
 1930 Isle of Escape
Stella
 1929 Blaze o' Glory
Helen Williams
 1929 The Show of Shows
Performer in 'The Pirate Number' & 'Lady Luck' Numbers
 1929 Woman to Woman
Deloryce / Lola
 1929 The Great Gabbo
Mary
 1929 Skin Deep
Sadie Rogers
 1929 Street Girl
Frederika Joyzelle
 1929 On with the Show!
Nita
 1929 Weary River
Alice Gray
 1928 Scarlet Seas
Rose
 1928 The Barker
Carrie
 1928 Life's Mockery
Kit Miller / Isabelle Fullerton
 1928 The Masked Angel
Betty
 1928 The Desert Bride
Diane Duval
 1928 The Big City
Helen
 1927 Cheating Cheaters
Nan Carey
 1927 Temptations of a Shop Girl
Ruth Harrington
 1927 Say It with Diamonds
Betty Howard
 1927 The Ladybird
Diane Wyman
 1926 The Belle of Broadway
Marie Duval / The Young Adele (dual role)
 1926 The Wise Guy
Hula Kate
 1925 Counsel for the Defense
Katherine West
 1925 The Pony Express
Molly Jones
 1925 Paths to Paradise
Molly
 1925 Beggar on Horseback
Princess in Pantomime
 1925 Eve's Secret
Eve
 1925 New Lives for Old
Olympe
 1925 Locked Doors
Mrs. Norman 'Mary Reid' Carter
 1924 The Garden of Weeds
Dorothy Delbridge
 1924 The Fast Set
Margaret Stone
 1924 Ramshackle House
Pen Broome
 1924 The Female
Dalla
 1924 The Enemy Sex
Dodo Baxter
 1924 White Shadows
Nancy Brent / Georgina Brent
 1924 Miami
Joan Bruce
 1924 The Stranger
Peggy Bowlin
 1923 Woman to Woman
Louise Boucher / Deloryse
 1923 The Royal Oak
Lady Mildred Cholmondeley
 1923 The Woman with Four Faces
Elizabeth West
 1923 The Rustle of Silk
Lala De Breeze
 1923 The White Flower
Konia Markham
 1922 Kick In
Molly Brandon
 1922 To Have and to Hold
Lady Jocelyn Leigh
 1922 The Bonded Woman
Angela Gaskell
 1922 Always the Woman
Celia Thaxter
 1922 Over the Border
Jen Galbraith
 1922 The Green Temptation
Genelle / Coralyn / Joan Parker
 1922 The Law and the Woman
Margaret Rolfe
 1921 Ladies Must Live
Christine Bleeker
 1921 At the End of the World
Cherry O'Day
 1921 For Those We Love
Bernice Arnold
 1921 Prisoners of Love
Blanche Davis
 1919 The Miracle Man (Short)
Rose
 1919 The Devil's Trail
Rose
 1919 The Little Diplomat
Phyllis Dare
 1919 The Light of Victory
Jane Ravenslee
 1919 The Prodigal Liar
Hope Deering
 1919 Terror of the Range
Thelma Grant
 1918 The Sheriff (Short)
School teacher
 1918 Border Raiders
Rose Hardy
 1918 All Dressed Up (Short)
 1918 Never Surprise Your Wife (Short)
 1918 Betty's Adventure (Short)
Betty
 1918 Somebody's Baby (Short)
 1918 Here Comes the Groom (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1918 Circumstantial Evidence (Short)
 1918 Whose Wife? (Short)
 1918 Many a Slip (Short)
 1917 Cupid's Camouflage (Short)
 1917 Help! Help! Police! (Short)
 1917 Their Seaside Tangle (Short)
 1917 Betty Wakes Up (Short)
Sally
 1917 Almost Divorced (Short)
 1917 Nearly a Papa (Short)
 1917 Love and Locksmiths (Short)
 1917 Almost a Bigamist (Short)
 1917 Betty's Big Idea (Short)
 1917 Crazy by Proxy (Short)
 1917 A Smoky Love Affair (Short)
 1917 Won in a Cabaret (Short)
 1917 Down by the Sea (Short)
 1917 Five Little Widows (Short)
Betty Morgan
 1917 A Bold, Bad Knight (Short)
 1917 Almost a Scandal (Short)
 1917 Those Wedding Bells (Short)
 1917 His Last Pill (Short)
 1917 Father's Bright Idea (Short)
 1917 Suspended Sentence (Short)
 1917 Sauce for the Goose (Short)
 1917 As Luck Would Have It (Short)
 1917 Out for the Coin (Short)
 1917 Hubby's Night Out (Short)
 1917 Small Change (Short)
 1917 Her Friend, the Chauffeur (Short)
 1917 Her Crooked Career (Short)
 1916 Lovers and Lunatics (Short)
 1916 Cupid's Uppercut (Short)
 1916 Hist! At Six O'Clock (Short)
 1916 Sea Nymphs (Short)
 1916 Some Kid (Short)
 1916 Her Sun-Kissed Hero (Short)
 1916 A Brass-Buttoned Romance (Short)
 1916 Nearly a Hero (Short)
 1916 Dad's Masterpiece (Short)
 1916 When Clubs Were Trumps (Short)
Wifie
 1916 He Loved the Ladies (Short)
 1916 That Doggone Baby (Short)
 1916 He Wouldn't Tip (Short)
 1916 The Making Over of Mother (Short)
 1916 Those Primitive Days (Short)
 1916 Inoculating Hubby (Short)
 1916 His Baby (Short)
 1916 The Browns See the Fair (Short)
 1916 Wanted: A Husband (Short)
 1916 All Over a Stocking (Short)
The Stenographer
 1916 Her Celluloid Hero (Short)
 1916 The Wooing of Aunt Jemima (Short)
 1916 He's a Devil (Short)
 1916 Potts Bungles Again (Short)
 1916 Lem's College Career (Short)
Mary
 1916 The Newlyweds' Mix-Up (Short)
Mrs. Newlywed
 1916 Eddie's Night Out (Short)
Betty Newlywed
 1916 A Leap Year Tangle (Short)
Betty - One of the Girls - Eddie's Sweetheart
 1916 He Almost Eloped (Short)
Betty - Billie's Roommate
 1916 The Janitor's Busy Day (Short)
Betty Hammond
 1916 A Friend, But a Star Boarder (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1916 Love and Vaccination (Short)
The Doctor's Sister
 1916 The Deacon's Waterloo (Short)
Betty - the Girl
 1916 When Lizzie Disappeared (Short)
 1916 Cupid Trims His Lordship (Short)
Betty - the Daughter
 1916 Her Friend, the Doctor (Short)
Mary West
 1916 When the Losers Won (Short)
Mrs. Newlywed
 1916 A Quiet Supper for Four (Short)
Mrs. Newlywed
 1916 Her Steady Carfare (Short)
Betty
 1916 Mingling Spirits (Short)
Mrs. Newlywed
 1916 Jed's Trip to the Fair (Short)
Lizzie
 1915 Some Chaperone (Short)
Betty - the 1st Daughter
 1915 Love and a Savage (Short)
Betty
 1915 Where the Heather Blooms (Short)
Lady Mary
 1915 Their Quiet Honeymoon (Short)
Betty - 1st Newlywed
 1915 Wanted: A Leading Lady (Short)
The Leading Lady
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Height:

5' 2½" (1.59 m)
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Personal Quote:

They say I love money. I do, though it was pretty cold comfort, a pretty poor substitute, for all I'd lost. But, believe me, I wasn't going to pass up that much money for any false pride. Or any hurt I got down there on Poverty Row. I think if I hadn't felt that way, hadn't worked. I would have been done forever. I'd have gone straight to hell, to be frank about it. See more »

Trivia:

Compson claimed director George Loane Tucker taught her almost everything she knew, "the best of literature, music, all the arts, everything.". See more »

Nickname:

The Hetty Green of Hollywood See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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