Betty Boyd

Elizabeth Boyd (May 11, 1908 – September 16, 1971) was an American film actress in the early days of Hollywood, mostly in the silent film era of the late 1920s and into the early 1930s in B-movies.

Betty Boyd
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Elizabeth Boyd Smith

(1908-05-11)May 11, 1908
DiedSeptember 16, 1971(1971-09-16) (aged 63)
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1927-1949
Spouse(s)Rich Broker (?-1934)
Charles N. Over Jr.[1]


Born Elizabeth Boyd Smith in Kansas City, Missouri, Boyd moved to Hollywood in the mid-1920s to pursue an acting career. Her first film role, which was uncredited, was in the 1927 film The Show, which starred John Gilbert and Lionel Barrymore, grand uncle to actress Drew Barrymore. Boyd's first credited role was that same year in Off Again. In 1929 Boyd starred in three films, and had an uncredited role in a fourth, as well as being named as one of thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars in the company of actresses Josephine Dunn, Sally Blane, and future Hollywood legend Jean Arthur.[citation needed]

1930 was by far Boyd's biggest year of her career. That year she starred in eight films, all credited, and had made a successful transition to "talking films". In 1931 she starred in only two films, Ex-Sweeties and Maid To Order, and, in 1932, she again had only two films, a supporting role in An Old Gypsie Custom, and an uncredited role in A Modern Hero. By the next year her career was all but over. She had only two film acting roles afterward, both in the late 1940s. Her last role was in 1949 when she was had an uncredited role in Samson and Delilah.[citation needed]

Later years and deathEdit

Boyd retired, but did not leave the Los Angeles area. She had married Charles N. Over Jr. in the 1930s, a marriage which ended in divorce. She died on September 16, 1971, in Los Angeles, aged 63, from undisclosed causes.[2]

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