Betty Compson

Betty Compson
Paramount Pictures


Betty Compson
Music: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Born March 19, 1897 in Beaver, Utah
Died April 18, 1974 in Glendale, Calif.

Betty Compson, the blond superstar of the silent screen, began her career as violinist in vaudeville.

She made dozens of movies for director Al Christie beginning in 1915 with "Wanted: A Leading Lady."

Compson, who starred with many of the leading actors and actress of the silent screen era, made a successful transition into the talking film era, starring in the first RKO talkie, "Street Girl," in 1929.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1928 Best Actress The Barker Nomination

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