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Date of Birth 18 September 1894West Kensington, London, England, UK
Date of Death 12 December 1978Hove, East Sussex, England, UK
Birth NameVirginia Lilian Emmeline Mackenzie Compton
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fay Compton was born on September 18, 1894 in West Kensington, London, England as Virginia Lilian Emmeline Mackenzie Compton. She was an actress, known for The Haunting (1963), Odd Man Out (1947) and Othello (1952). She was married to Lauri de Frece, H.G. Pelissier, Ralph Michael and Leon Quartermaine. She died on December 12, 1978 in Hove, East Sussex, England.

Spouse (4)

Ralph Michael (? - ?) (divorced)
Leon Quartermaine (? - ?) (divorced)
Lauri de Frece (? - 25 August 1921) (his death)
H.G. Pelissier (? - 1913) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

Younger sister of actress Viola Compton, novelist Sir Compton MacKenzie and Francis Compton.
Daughter of stage actors Edward Compton (d. 1918) and Virginia Bateman (d. 1940).
Grandmother of the actress Tracy Reed and Joe Pelissier.
Ex-sister-in-law of Charles Quatermaine.
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1975 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
Versatile British leading actress, on the London stage from 1916. Accclaimed for her performances as "Ophelia" in "Hamlet" (1925, opposite John Barrymore), "Autumn Crocus" (1931) and (as "Ruth") in "Blithe Spirit" (1941). Acted in silent films during the 20s. In her later career, worked as a radio actress and appeared in character roles on screen, notably as "Emilia" in Orson Welles' Othello (1952) and as the grandmother in The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970). From the 1960s played many an indomitable dowager on British television.
Favorite actress of playwright Sir J.M. Barrie. He wrote the play, "Mary Rose", especially for her.
Gave birth to her only child at age 17, a son Harry Anthony Compton Pelissier (aka Anthony Pelissier) on July 27, 1912. Child's father is her now late husband, H.G. Pelissier.
On April 2, 1988, her only child Anthony Pelissier died at the age of 75.
She had two roles in common with Anna Neagle: (1) Neagle played Queen Victoria in Victoria the Great (1937) and Queen of Destiny (1938) while Compton played her in The Prime Minister (1941) and Journey to the Unknown: Poor Butterfly (1969) and (2) Compton played Florence Nightingale in Wrath of Jealousy (1936) while Neagle played her in The Lady with a Lamp (1951).
She played Queen Victoria in both The Prime Minister (1941) and Journey to the Unknown: Poor Butterfly (1969).

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