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December 1, 2020

Sweet Girl of Hollywood’s Silent Era: 40 Fabulous Photos of Betty Compson in the 1910s and ’20s

Born 1897 in Beaver, Utah, American actress Betty Compson got her start during Hollywood’s silent era. She is best known for her performances in The Docks of New York and The Barker, the latter of which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

One major film in which Compson did not appear was Gone with the Wind; although she shot a Technicolor screen test for the role of Belle Watling, she was not cast in the role.

In 1941, Compson appeared in a small role in an Alfred Hitchcock film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Most of her later films were low-budget efforts. Compson’s last film was 1948’s Here Comes Trouble.

Compson married three times and had no children. She died in 1974, of a heart attack at her home in Glendale, California, aged 77. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, Compson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine Street.

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of Betty Compson in the 1910s and 1920s.


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