Born in Kentucky, Arlen moved to Hollywood in 1925, having been spotted by talent scouts while working as a stage dancer. At only 16 years of age, she was selected as one of thirteen girls that year to be "WAMPAS Baby Stars", which included actresses June Marlowe and Violet La Plante, sister to Laura La Plante. Being selected as a "WAMPAS Baby Star" would be the highlight of her brief acting career.
In 1926 she had a supporting role in A Punch in the Nose, which was her only credited role. She would have two uncredited roles in 1928, and received only bit parts afterward, but struggled to stay in the business for some time.
She was married to theater manager, Louis Golden, but filed for divorce in 1932.
She remained in the Los Angeles area, and died in 1966.
- A Punch in the Nose (1926)
- Love at First Flight (Uncredited, 1928)
- The Chicken (Uncredited, 1928)
- East Side, West Side (1949)
- Neptune's Daughter (1949)
- Scene of the Crime (1949)
- Annie Get Your Gun ("Carriage Woman", Uncredited, 1950)
- Summer Stock (1950)
- Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) (uncredited)
- I'll See You in My Dreams (Uncredited, 1951)
- Show Boat (1951)
- She's Working Her Way Through College (1952) (uncredited)
- Cat Women of the Moon (1953)
- It's Always Fair Weather (Uncredited, 1955)
- Son of Sinbad (1955)
- The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956)
- Betty Arlen at the Internet Movie Database
- IMDB page
- WAMPAS Baby Stars, 1925, Betty Arlen
- MSN Movies
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