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Olivia Joyce Compton (January 27, 1907 – October 13, 1997) was an American actress. Compton was born in Lexington, Kentucky. (Despite frequent reports to the contrary, her name was not originally "Eleanor Hunt"; she had appeared in the film Good Sport (1931) with Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career.) After graduating high school she spent two years studying at the University of Tulsa, studying dramatics, art, music and dancing. She won a personality and beauty contest and spent two months in a film studio as an extra.

Compton first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray. Compton appeared in a long string of mostly B-movies from the 1920s through the 1950s. She was a comedy actress and protested at being stereotyped as a "dumb blonde".

Among her over two hundred films were Imitation of Life, Magnificent Obsession, The Awful Truth, Mildred Pierce, and The Best Years of Our Lives.

A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written "Christian Actress". She died from natural causes, aged 90, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Olivia Joyce Compton (January 27, 1907 – October 13, 1997) was an American actress. Compton was born in Lexington, Kentucky. (Despite frequent reports to the contrary, her name was not originally "Eleanor Hunt"; she had appeared in the film Good Sport (1931) with Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career.) After graduating high school she spent two years studying at the University of Tulsa, studying dramatics, art, music and dancing. She won a personality and beauty contest and spent two months in a film studio as an extra.

Compton first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray. Compton appeared in a long string of mostly B-movies from the 1920s through the 1950s. She was a comedy actress and protested at being stereotyped as a "dumb blonde".

Among her over two hundred films were Imitation of Life, Magnificent Obsession, The Awful Truth, Mildred Pierce, and The Best Years of Our Lives.

A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written "Christian Actress". She died from natural causes, aged 90, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 113

Birthday 1907-01-27

Day of Death 1997-10-13

Place of Birth Lexington, Kentucky, USA

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Also Known As

  • Olivia Joyce Compton

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1960 Pete and Gladys (1 episode)
1957 Jet Pilot as Mary Lou Simpson
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1 episode)
1949 Mighty Joe Young as Alice
1948 Incident as Joan
1948 Sorry, Wrong Number as Cotterell's Blonde Girlfriend (uncredited)
1948 A Southern Yankee as Hortense Dobson
1947 Exposed as Emmy
1947 Scared to Death as Jane Cornell
1946 Rendezvous with Annie as Louise Grapa
1946 Charlie Chan in Dark Alibi as Emily Evans
1946 Behind the Mask as Lulu
1945 Christmas in Connecticut as Nurse Mary Lee
1945 Danger Signal as Kate
1945 Mildred Pierce as Waitress (uncredited)
1945 Pillow to Post as Gertrude Wilson (uncredited)
1943 Swing Out the Blues as Kitty Grogan
1943 Silver Spurs as Millie Love
1943 Let's Face It as Wiggin's Girl (uncredited)
1943 Silver Skates as Lucille
1942 Thunder Birds as Saleswoman
1942 Too Many Women as Barbara Cartwright
1941 Bedtime Story as Beulah
1941 Blues in the Night as Blonde
1941 Scattergood Meets Broadway as Diana Deane
1941 Manpower as Scarlett
1941 Ziegfeld Girl as Miss Sawyer - Auditioning Showgirl (uncredited)
1941 Let's Make Music as Betty
1940 Who Killed Aunt Maggie? as Cynthia Lou
1940 The Villain Still Pursued Her as Hazel Dalton
1940 Sky Murder as Christine Cross / Her Twin Sister
1940 City for Conquest as Lilly
1940 They Drive by Night as Sue Carter
1940 I Take This Oath as Betty Casey
1940 Turnabout as Irene Clare
1940 Honeymoon Deferred as Kitty Kerry
1939 Escape to Paradise as Penelope Carter
1939 Balalaika as Masha (Lydia's maid)
1939 Reno as Bonnie Newcomb
1939 Hotel for Women as Emeline Thomas
1939 Rose of Washington Square as Peggy
1939 Hollywood Hobbies as Tourist
1939 The Flying Irishman as Sally
1939 The Last Warning as Dawn Day aka Minnie Schultz
1938 Going Places as Joan
1938 Trade Winds as Mrs. Johnson
1938 Artists and Models Abroad as Chickie
1938 Spring Madness as Sally
1938 How to Watch Football as Benchley's girlfriend
1938 You and Me as Curly Blonde Shopper
1938 Women Are Like That as Miss Hall
1938 Love on a Budget as Millie Brown
1937 The Awful Truth as Dixie Belle Lee
1937 Small Town Boy as Molly Summers
1937 Sea Racketeers as Blondie
1937 Born Reckless as Dora
1937 Rhythm in the Clouds as Receptionist
1937 Wings Over Honolulu as Caroline
1937 Top of the Town as Beulah
1937 We Have Our Moments as Carrie
1937 Pick a Star as Newlywed
1937 China Passage as Elaine Gentry, Customs Agent aka Mrs. Katharine 'Kate' Collins
1936 Three Smart Girls as Evans' Secretary
1936 Country Gentlemen as Gertie
1936 Ellis Island as Adele
1936 Murder with Pictures as Hester Boone
1936 Sitting on the Moon as Blossom
1936 Star for a Night as Ellen Romaine
1936 Trapped by Television as Mae Collins
1936 The Harvester as Thelma Biddle
1936 Love Before Breakfast as Mary Lee
1936 Valley of the Lawless as Joan Jenkins
1935 Public Ghost # 1 as Miss Compton
1935 Suicide Squad as Mary O'Connor
1935 College Scandal as Toby Carpenter
1935 Let 'em Have It as Barbara
1935 Rustlers of Red Dog as Mary Lee
1934 Caravan as Party Girl at Beer Garden
1934 The White Parade as Una Mellon
1934 Everything's Ducky as Jennie Taylor, Eddie's Wife
1934 King Kelly of the U.S.A. as Maxine LaTour
1934 Million Dollar Ransom as Millie-Hat Check Girl
1934 Affairs of a Gentleman as Foxey Dennison
1933 Only Yesterday as Margot
1933 Sing, Sinner, Sing as Gwen
1933 Dream Stuff as Betty
1933 Caliente Love as Betty
1933 Luxury Liner as Girl Overboard (uncredited)
1932 If I Had a Million as Marie the Waitress (uncredited)
1932 Merry-Go-Round as Alice - Party Girl
1932 Madison Sq. Garden as Joyce
1932 False Faces as Dottie Nation
1932 A Parisian Romance as Marcelle
1932 Lady and Gent as Betty
1932 Beauty Parlor as Joan
1932 Unholy Love as Sheilla Bailey Gregory
1932 Westward Passage as Lillie, the Model
1932 Lena Rivers as Caroline Nichols
1931 Good Sport as Fay
1931 Three Rogues as Ace's girl
1931 Annabelle's Affairs as Mabel
1931 Women of All Nations as Kiki
1931 Up Pops the Devil as Luella May Carroll
1931 Under Eighteen as Sybil
1930 Lightnin' as Betty - Larry's Wife
1930 Wild Company as Anita Grayson
1930 High Society Blues as Pearl Granger
1929 Salute as Marian Wilson
1929 Dangerous Curves as Jennie Silver
1929 The Wild Party as Eva 'Evie' Tutt
1926 Syncopating Sue as Marge Adams
1925 A Broadway Lady as Phyllis Westbrook

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