Betty Compson (1897–1974)

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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 the Alexander Pantages Theatre Circuit, again doing ... See full bio »

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 1948 Here Comes Trouble
Martha Blake
 1947 Second Chance
Mrs. Davenport
 1947 Hard Boiled Mahoney
Selena Webster
 1946 Her Adventurous Night
Miss Spencer
 1946 Claudia and David (uncredited)
 1943 Danger! Women at Work
Madame Sappho
 1941 Zis Boom Bah
Mame (uncredited)
 1941 Escort Girl
Ruth Ashley
 1941 Invisible Ghost
Mrs. Kessler
 1941 Roar of the Press
Mrs. Thelma Tate
 1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Gertie Schultz
 1941 The Watchman Takes a Wife (Short)
Molly Clyde
 1940 Laughing at Danger
Mrs. Van Horn
 1940 Strange Cargo
Suzanne (uncredited)
 1940 Cafe Hostess
Cafe Hostess (uncredited)
 1939 Cowboys from Texas
Belle Starkey
 1939 Mad Youth
Lucy Morgan
 1939 News Is Made at Night
Kitty Truman
 1939 Hotel Imperial
Soubrette (uncredited)
 1938 Under the Big Top
 1938 Religious Racketeers
Ada Bernard
 1938 The Beloved Brat
Eleanor Sparks (uncredited)
 1938 Two Gun Justice
 1938 Torchy Blane in Panama
 1938 A Slight Case of Murder
 1938 Port of Missing Girls
 1938 Blondes at Work
Blanche Revelle
 1937 Federal Bullets
Sue, Gang Moll
 1937 God's Country and the Man
Roxey Moore
 1937 Circus Girl
 1936 Two Minutes to Play
'Fluff' Harding
 1936 Killer at Large
 1936 Bulldog Edition
Billie Blake aka Aggie
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
 1936 The Drag-Net
Mollie Cole
 1936 The Millionaire Kid
Gloria Neville
 1936 Laughing Irish Eyes
 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
 1932 Guilty or Not Guilty
 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 Virtuous Husband
Inez Wakefield
 1931 The Lady Refuses
 1930 The Boudoir Diplomat
 1930 She Got What She Wanted
 1930 The Spoilers
Cherry Malotte
 1930 Inside the Lines
Jane Gershon
 1930 Midnight Mystery
Sally Wayne
 1930 Czar of Broadway
Connie Colton
 1930 Those Who Dance
Kitty, Joe's girl
 1930 Isle of Escape
 1929 Blaze o' Glory
Helen Williams
 1929 Show of Shows
Performer in 'The Pirate Number' & 'Lady Luck' Numbers
 1929 Woman to Woman
Deloryce / Lola
 1929 The Great Gabbo
 1929 Skin Deep
Sadie Rogers
 1929 Street Girl
Frederika Joyzelle
 1929 On with the Show!
Nita French
 1929 Weary River
Alice Gray
 1928 Scarlet Seas
 1928 The Barker
 1928 Court-Martial
Belle Starr
 1928 Life's Mockery
Kit Miller / Isabelle Fullerton
 1928 The Masked Angel
 1928 The Desert Bride
Diane Duval
 1928 The Big City
 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
 1926 The Palace of Pleasure
Lola Montez
 1925 Counsel for the Defense
Katherine West
 1925 The Pony Express
Molly Jones
 1925 Paths to Paradise
 1925 Beggar on Horseback
Princess in Pantomime
 1925 New Lives for Old
 1925 Eve's Secret
 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
 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 Hollywood
Betty Compson
 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 The Little Minister
Lady Babbie
 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
 1919 The Devil's Trail
 1919 The Little Diplomat
Phyllis Dare
 1919 The Light of Victory
Jane Ravenslee
 1919 The Prodigal Liar
Hope Deering
 1919 The 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)
 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)
 1917 Almost Divorced (Short)
 1917 Nearly a Papa (Short)
Mrs. Gordon
 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)
The Girl
 1917 Her Friend, the Chauffeur (Short)
The Girl
 1917 Her Crooked Career (Short)
The Girl
 1916 Lovers and Lunatics (Short)
Betty Grey
 1916 Cupid's Uppercut (Short)
 1916 Hist! At Six O'Clock (Short)
Tillie de Vamp
 1916 Sea Nymphs (Short)
Betty - the Wife
 1916 Some Kid (Short)
 1916 Her Sun-Kissed Hero (Short)
The Peach
 1916 A Brass-Buttoned Romance (Short)
 1916 Nearly a Hero (Short)
Betty - the Sheriff's Daughter
 1916 Dad's Masterpiece (Short)
Betty Morton
 1916 When Clubs Were Trumps (Short)
Wifie Parker
 1916 He Loved the Ladies (Short)
Mrs. Gordon
 1916 That Doggone Baby (Short)
Wifie Parker
 1916 He Wouldn't Tip (Short)
The Pippin
 1916 The Making Over of Mother (Short)
Mrs. Newlywed
 1916 Those Primitive Days (Short)
Heela Hoola
 1916 Inoculating Hubby (Short)
 1916 His Baby (Short)
Betty - the Peach
 1916 The Browns See the Fair (Short)
The Train Passenger
 1916 Almost a Widow (Short)
Mrs. Gordon
 1916 Wanted: A Husband (Short)
The Wife
 1916 All Over a Stocking (Short)
The Stenographer
 1916 Her Celluloid Hero (Short)
Betty - the Actor's Sweetheart
 1916 The Wooing of Aunt Jemima (Short)
 1916 He's a Devil (Short)
Betty - Eddie's Sweetheart
 1916 Potts Bungles Again (Short)
 1916 Lem's College Career (Short)
 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)
 1916 Mingling Spirits (Short)
Mrs. Newlywed
 1916 Jed's Trip to the Fair (Short)
 1915 Some Chaperone (Short)
Betty - the 1st Daughter
 1915 Love and a Savage (Short)
 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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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 »


In 1918 Mack Sennett reportedly offered Compson $150 a week to leave Al Christie. Compson claims that when Sennett confirmed that the offer was legit, she replied, "In that case the bid's not high enough.". See more »


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