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Betty Blythe

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Betty Blythe (born Elizabeth Blythe Slaughter, September 1, 1893 – April 7, 1972) was an American actress best known for her dramatic roles in exotic silent films such as The Queen of Sheba (1921). She appeared in 63 silent films and 56 talking pictures (known as talkies) over the course of her career. She is famous for being one of the first actresses to appear on film in the nude, or nearly so, during the Roaring Twenties. She is reported to have said, "A director is the only man besides your husband who can tell you how much of your clothes to take off." Blythe began her stage work in such theatrical pieces as So Long Letty and The Peacock Princess. She worked in vaudeville as the "California Nightingale" singing songs such as "Love Tales from Hoffman". After touring Europe and the States, she entered films in 1918 at the Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn, then she was brought to Hollywood's Fox studio as a replacement for actress Theda Bara. As famous for her revealing costumes as for her dramatic skills, she became a star in such exotic films as The Queen of Sheba (1921) (in which she wore nothing above the waist except a string of beads), Chu-Chin-Chow (made in 1923; released by MGM in the US 1925) and She (1925). She was also seen to good advantage in less revealing films like Nomads of the North (1920) with Lon Chaney and In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter (1924), produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Other roles were as an opera star, unbilled in Garbo's The Mysterious Lady. She continued to work as a character actress. One of her last roles was a small uncredited role in a crowd scene in 1964's My Fair Lady. Betty Blythe's name lives on through the Betty Blythe Vintage TeaRoom in West Kensington.

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Sep 1, 1893 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Beating the Odds 1919-05-12
Latest Project:
Movie My Fair Lady 1964-10-21
Known For
Poster of My Fair Lady
Poster of The Postman Always Rings Twice
Poster of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
Poster of Burnt Wings
Movie My Fair Lady Lady at Ball (uncredited) 1964-10-21
Movie Runaway Daughters Party Guest (uncredited) 1956-01-20
Movie Hollywood Story Herself 1951-06-01
Movie Madonna of the Desert Mrs. Brown 1948-02-23
Movie Letter from an Unknown Woman Frau Kohner (uncredited) 1948-04-28
Movie Luxury Liner Miss Fenmoor (uncredited) 1948-11-09
Movie Shed No Tears Mrs. Peet 1948-06-09
Movie Something in the Wind Society Matron (uncredited) 1947-07-21
Movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Floor Manager (uncredited) 1947-09-01
Movie Jiggs and Maggie in Society Mrs. Vacuum 1947-12-12
Movie The Undercover Woman Cissy Van Horn 1946-01-01
Movie The Postman Always Rings Twice Customer (uncredited) 1946-05-02
Movie Joe Palooka, Champ Mrs. Stafford 1946-05-26
Movie Undercurrent Saleslady (uncredited) 1946-11-11
Movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Mrs. Murdock (uncredited) 1945-10-05
Movie Docks of New York Mrs. Darcy 1945-02-24
Movie Adventure Mrs. Buckley (uncredited) 1945-12-28
Movie They Were Expendable Unknown 1945-12-07
Movie Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat Mrs. Manning 1944-05-20
Movie A Fig Leaf for Eve Lavinia Sardham 1944-07-04
Movie Girls in Chains Mrs. Grey 1943-05-17
Movie Presenting Lily Mars Dowager 1943-04-29
Movie Sarong Girl Miss Ellsworth 1943-06-11
Movie Spotlight Scandals Mrs. Baker 1943-09-24
Movie Crime Doctor Mrs. Harrington (uncredited) 1943-06-22
Movie Bar 20 Mrs. Stevens 1943-10-01
Movie Inflation Next Door Neighbor Who Begins Hoarding (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie House of Errors Mrs. Martha Randall 1942-04-10
Movie Freckles Comes Home Minerva Potter 1942-01-02
Movie Dawn on the Great Divide Mrs. Elmira Corkle 1942-12-18
Movie Piano Mooner Society Woman 1942-12-11
Movie Puddin' Head Mrs. Bowser 1941-06-25
Movie Federal Fugitives Marcia 1941-03-29
Movie Our Wife Minor Role (uncredited) 1941-08-20
Movie Sis Hopkins Mrs. Farnsworth 1941-04-12
Movie Top Sergeant Mulligan Mrs. Lewis 1941-10-16
Movie Tuxedo Junction Miss Hornblower 1941-11-25
Movie The Miracle Kid Madame Gloria 1941-11-14
Movie Honky Tonk Mrs. Wilson 1941-10-01
Movie Misbehaving Husbands Effie Butler 1940-12-20
Movie The Women Mrs. South (uncredited) 1939-09-01
Movie Hold That Kiss Wedding Guest at Piermont's 1938-05-13
Movie Life in Sometown, U.S.A. Mrs. Himber (uncredited) 1938-04-04
Movie Romance of the Limberlost Mrs. Parker 1938-06-16
Movie Delinquent Parents Mrs. Wharton 1938-07-15
Movie Gangster's Boy Mrs. Davis 1938-11-16
Movie Espionage Train Passenger 1937-02-26
Movie Topper Mrs. Goodrich (uncredited) 1937-07-16
Movie What Do You Think? (Number Two) (uncredited) 1937-12-25
Movie Murder at Glen Athol Ann Randel 1936-02-27
Movie Yours for the Asking May 1936-07-23
Movie Rainbow on the River Flower Buyer (uncredited) 1936-12-18
Movie The Gorgeous Hussy Mrs. Wainwright 1936-08-28
Movie Cheers of the Crowd Lil Langdon Walton 1935-08-05
Movie The Perfect Clue Ursula Chesebrough 1935-03-13
Movie The Spanish Cape Mystery Mrs. Godfrey 1935-10-09
Movie Western Courage Mrs. Hanley 1935-10-29
Movie Money Means Nothing Mrs. Ferris 1934-06-14
Movie Ever Since Eve Mrs. Vandergrift 1934-03-25
Movie Badge of Honor Mrs. Claire van Alstyne 1934-04-01
Movie The Scarlet Letter Innkeeper 1934-09-18
Movie Night Alarm Mrs. Elizabeth Van Dusen 1934-12-10
Movie A Girl of the Limberlost Mrs. Parker 1934-10-14
Movie Two Heads on a Pillow Mrs. Agnes Walker 1934-10-02
Movie Pilgrimage Janet Prescot 1933-07-12
Movie Only Yesterday Mrs. Vincent (Uncredited) 1933-11-01
Movie Before Midnight Mavis Fry 1933-11-18
Movie Lena Rivers Mathilda Nichols 1932-03-27
Movie Tom Brown of Culver Dolores Delight 1932-06-30
Movie Domestic Troubles Carrie 1928-03-27
Movie Glorious Betsy Princess Fredericka 1928-04-25
Movie Stolen Love Modiste 1928-12-02
Movie Sisters of Eve Unknown 1928-09-01
Movie Snowbound Julia Barry 1927-05-01
Movie A Million Bid Mrs. Gordon 1927-05-27
Movie She Ayesha 1925-06-20
Movie In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter Rita Sismondi 1924-09-28
Movie Folly of Vanity Unknown 1924-12-21
Movie How Women Love Rosa Roma 1922-10-15
Movie Fair Lady Countess Margherita 1922-03-19
Movie Charge It Mille Garreth 1921-06-11
Movie The Queen of Sheba Queen of Sheba 1921-04-10
Movie Disraeli Unknown 1921-08-21
Movie Burnt Wings Helen 1920-03-29
Movie The Silver Horde Mildred Wayland 1920-05-09
Movie Nomads of the North Nanette 1920-09-25
Movie Beating the Odds Hebe Norse 1919-05-12