skip navigation
Overview for Betty Compson
Betty Compson

Betty Compson

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

The Bowery... Slip (Leo Gorcey), Sach (Huntz Hall) and the rest of the gang return for a... more info $39.96was $47.99 Buy Now

Torchy Blane... Glenda Farrell was a signtaure Warner Bros. 1930s star and she shone brightest... more info $35.96was $47.99 Buy Now

Weary River ... Welcome to the Big House Jerry Larrabee. A stoolie sang setting the gangster up... more info $14.95was $17.99 Buy Now

On with the... Features movie newcomer Ethel Waters debuting Am I Blue the song that became her... more info $14.95was $17.99 Buy Now

The Pony... James Cruze attempted to follow up the success of THE COVERED WAGON with this... more info $13.95was $16.95 Buy Now

Great Gabbo... For the ventriloquist Gabbo (Erich von Stroheim) his wooden dummy Otto is the... more info $7.95was $9.95 Buy Now

Also Known As: The Vagabond Violinist,Eleanor Luicime Compson Died: April 18, 1974
Born: March 18, 1897 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Beaver, Utah, USA Profession: Cast ... actor
RATE AND COMMENT

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).

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute