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Compson, Betty, 1897-1974

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1897 - 1974

Biographical history

Betty Compson (1897-1974) was an American motion picture actress and film producer.

Betty Compson, born Eleanor Lucime Compson, was born in Beaver, Utah on March 19, 1897 to parents Virgil Kossuth Compson and Mary Eleanor Rauscher. She was active in Hollywood filmmaking from 1915-1948, with the height of her stardom centered in the years from 1919-1930. Compson was nominated for an academy award for best actress in 1928 for her role in "The Barker" and is well known for her role in "The Docks of New York". She married director James Cruze in 1924 and the two divorced in 1930. She married and divorced agent-producer Irving Weinberg. She married professional boxer Silvius John Gall in 1944. Compson retired from acting in motion pictures in 1948, and went on to create a cosmetic line and assist her husband, Gall, in operating a personalized ashtray business called "Ashtrays Unlimited". Compson passed away on April 18, 1974, at her home in Glendale, California.

Citation:
familysearch, via WWW, Feb. 21, 2019 (Betty Compson, lived 1897-1974, was an American motion picture actress and film producer, born Eleanor Lucime Compson, born in Beaver, Utah on March 19, 1897 to parents Virgil Kossuth Compson and Mary Eleanor Rauscher, was active in Hollywood filmmaking from 1915-1948, with the height of her stardom centered in the years from 1919-1930, was nominated for an academy award for best actress in 1928 for her role in "The Barker" and is well known for her role in "The Docks of New York", married director James Cruze in 1924 and the two divorced in 1930, married and divorced agent-producer Irving Weinberg, married Silvius John Gall in 1944, retired from acting in motion pictures in 1948, went on to create a cosmetic line and assist her husband, Gall, in operating "Ashtrays Unlimited". Compson passed away on April 18, 1974, at her home in Glendale, California).

thefamouspeople, via WWW, Feb. 21, 2019 (professional boxer, personalized ashtray business).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Betty Compson scrapbook

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9166
Scope and Contents

Contains a scrapbook collection of magazine images relating to Betty Compson and her carreer as an actress. Contains one loose photograph of Betty Compson taken on February 2, 1930 during the filming of "Show of Shows".

Dates: approximately 1915-1949; Majority of material found within approximately 1919-1930