Betty Compson

Actor
Petite, fair-haired, beautiful and highly-paid leading lady of the silent era. Billed in vaudeville as 'The Vagabond Violinist', Compson was signed in 1915 for a series of Al Christie comedy shorts. She made her ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1897 in Beaver, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1940 (Movie)

Gertie (Actor)

The Case of Sergeant Grischa 1929 (Movie)

Babka (Actor)

The Docks of New York 1927 (Movie)

Sadie (Actor)

Biography

Petite, fair-haired, beautiful and highly-paid leading lady of the silent era. Billed in vaudeville as 'The Vagabond Violinist', Compson was signed in 1915 for a series of Al Christie comedy shorts. She made her dramatic debut as a member of a confidence gang in "The Miracle Man" (1919) and went on to star in dozens of films both in the USA and England (among them "The Little Minister", "Rustle of Silk", "The White Flower", "Wise Guy" and "Twelve Miles Out"). She was memorable as a dejected prostitute rescued from suicide in Josef von Sternberg's highly stylized "Docks of New York" (1928), as the assistant to a mad ventriloquist (Erich Von Stroheim) in her then-husband, James Cruze's "The Great Gabbo" (1929) and in Hitchcock's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (1941).

Relationships

James Cruze Director

Husband

Silvius Gall

Husband
Married 1944 until his death April 1962

Irving Wineberg

Husband

Milestones

1948

Retired from acting to become a businesswoman in California

1919

Dramatic debut, "The Miracle Man"

1915

Film acting debut in "Wanted--a Leading Lady"

1912

First vaudeville performance, billed as "The Vagabond Violinist"

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