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March 3, 2024

Gorgeous Photos of Betty Blythe in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1893 as Elizabeth Blythe Slaughter in Los Angeles, American actress Betty Blythe began her stage work in such theatrical pieces as So Long Letty and The Peacock Princess. She worked in vaudeville as the “California Nightingale” singing songs such as “Love Tales from Hoffman”.

In 1915, Blythe had an unbilled part in Bella Donna for Famous Players Film Company. After her first Vitagraph Studios role in the 1917 vehicle, she was given a leading role in the studio’s 1918 film A Game with Fate.

As famous for her revealing costumes as for her dramatic skills, Blythe became a star in such exotic films as The Queen of Sheba (1921), Chu-Chin-Chow (1923) and She (1925). She was seen to good advantage in films like Nomads of the North (1920) with Lon Chaney and In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter (1924), produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Other roles were as an opera star, unbilled, in Garbo’s The Mysterious Lady. She continued to work as a character actress. One of her later roles was a small, uncredited role in a crowd scene in 1964’s My Fair Lady.

Blythe died of a heart attack in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California in 1972, aged 78. For her contributions to the film industry, she has a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1708 Vine Street. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Betty Blythe in the 1920s and 1930s.


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