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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.
Blythe in 1924
Elizabeth Blythe Slaughter
September 1, 1893
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||April 7, 1972 (aged 78)|
(m. 1919; died 1954)
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".
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).
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.
Blythe was married to the movie director Paul Scardon from 1919 until his death in 1954. She reportedly made $3,500,000 when she sold a section of land that is now part of the Sunset Strip. She lost her fortune in the 1929 stock market crash. In May 1967, her forthcoming marriage to former film executive Manuel de Encio was announced.
|1915||Bella Donna||dancer *uncredited||* see still photo at Bella Donna article|
|1917||His Own People||Lady Mary Thorne|
|1918||The Green God||Muriel Temple|
|1918||Hoarded Assets||Claire Dawson|
|1918||Over the Top||Madame Arnot|
|1919||Dust of Desire||Corrinne Torrence|
|1920||Nomads of the North||Nanette Roland|
|1921||Mother o' Mine||Fan Baxter|
|1922||How Women Love||Rosa Roma|
|The Spitfire||Jean Bronson||Lost film|
|The Recoil||Norma Selbee|
|The Folly of Vanity||Mrs. Ridgeway|
|The Girl from Gay Paree||Mademoiselle Fanchon|
|1928||Glorious Betsy||Princess Fredericka|
|1928||Into No Man's Land||The Countess|
|1932||Tom Brown of Culver||Dolores Delight|
|Only Yesterday||Mrs. Vincent||Uncredited|
|1934||Night Alarm||Elizabeth Van Dusen|
|Money Means Nothing||Mrs. Ferris|
|A Girl of the Limberlost||Mrs. Barker|
|Cheers of the Crowd||Lil Langdon Walton|
|1936||Yours for the Asking||May||Uncredited|
|The Gorgeous Hussy||Mrs. Wainwright|
Alternative title: Marie Walewska
|1938||Romance of the Limberlost||Mrs. Parker|
|1939||The Women||Mrs. South||Uncredited|
|1940||Misbehaving Husbands||Effie Butler|
|1941||Honky Tonk||Mrs. Wilson|
|1942||Dawn on the Great Divide||Mrs. Elmira Corkle|
|1943||Presenting Lily Mars||Dowanger||Uncredited|
|1944||The Chinese Cat||Mrs. Manning||Alternative title: Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat|
|A Fig Leaf for Eve||Lavinia Sardham||Alternative titles: Desirable Lady, Flaming Girls, Hollywood Nights, Not Enough Clothes. Reckless Youth, Room for Love, Strips and Blondes|
|1945||Her Highness and the Bellboy||Diplomat's Wife||Uncredited|
|They Were Expendable||Officer's Wife||Uncredited|
|1946||The Kid from Brooklyn||Mrs. LeMoyne's friend||Uncredited|
|The Postman Always Rings Twice||Customer||Uncredited|
|1947||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Floor Manager||Uncredited|
|Song of Love||Lady with Opera Glasses||Uncredited|
|Jiggs and Maggie in Society||Mrs. Vacuum|
|1948||Letter from an Unknown Woman||Frau Kohner||Uncredited|
|1949||The Barkleys of Broadway||Guest in Theater Lobby||Uncredited|
|Jiggs and Maggie in Jackpot Jitters||Mrs. Van Belden|
|1950||Jiggs and Maggie Out West||Society Woman||Uncredited|
|1951||Hollywood Story||Betty Blythe - Old-time Movie Star|
|1955||The Lonesome Trail||Mrs. Wells||Uncredited|
|1956||Lust for Life||Dowanger||Uncredited|
|1957||The Helen Morgan Story||Party Guest||Uncredited|
|1964||My Fair Lady||Lady at Ball||Uncredited|
|1952||Racket Squad||Mrs. Burton||1 episode|
|1958||The Lineup||Mrs. DeSues||1 episode|
- "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Betty Blythe". walkoffame.com. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
- "Betty Blythe, Who Starred in Silent Films, Dead on Coast". New York Times. April 9, 1972.