Betty Compson

Born Mar 19, 1897

For the actress who married NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker, see Betty Compton. Betty Compson File:Betty-compson.

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1897 Birth Eleanor Luicime Compson was born on March 19, 1897 in Beaver, Utah. … Read More


1915 18 Years Old Her first silent film was in November 1915.
1916 19 Years Old She made 41 films in 1916 alone, although all of them were shorts for Christie with the exception of one feature Almost a Widow.


1918 21 Years Old She continued this pace of making numerous short films well into the middle of 1918 when after a long apprenticeship with Christie she started making features exclusively.
1919 22 Years Old Compson's star began to rise with the release of the 1919 feature The Miracle Man (1919) for George Loane Tucker. … Read More
1924 27 Years Old In 1924, Compson married film director James Cruze, who directed her in films such as The Enemy Sex and The Great Gabbo. They divorced in 1930. … Read More
1925 28 Years Old …  Her contract with Paramount was not renewed in 1925 and she decided to freelance, working with lower budget studios such as Columbia Pictures in The Belle of Broadway (1926) and Chadwick in The Ladybird (1926). … Read More


1928 31 Years Old In 1928, she appeared in a First National Pictures part-talkie, The Barker. … Read More
1930 33 Years Old Now divorced from Cruze, Compson's career continued to flourish, starring in nine films in 1930 alone. … Read More


1941 44 Years Old In 1941, Compson appeared in a small role in an Alfred Hitchcock film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. … Read More


1948 51 Years Old After retiring from the screen in 1948, she began a cosmetic line and helped her husband run a business called "Ashtrays Unlimited".


1962 65 Years Old Compson later married and divorced agent-producer Irving Weinberg and Silvius Jack Gall, who died in 1962. … Read More
1974 77 Years Old Compson died April 18, 1974, of a heart attack, at her home in Glendale, California, aged 77. … Read More
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