Betty Francisco

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Betty Francisco
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Betty Francisco in 1922
Born Elizabeth Barton
(1900-09-26)September 26, 1900
Little Rock, Arkansas, US
Died November 25, 1950(1950-11-25) (aged 50)
El Cerrito, Riverside, California, US
Occupation Actress
Years active 1920–1934

Betty Francisco (September 26, 1900 – November 25, 1950), born Elizabeth Barton in Little Rock, Arkansas, was an American silent-film actor, appearing in films of many genres primarily in supporting roles.

Career[edit]

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Francisco is credited in more than 50 films from 1920 to 1934, after which it appears she retired from motion picture acting. Her first film credit was in the 1920 film A Broadway Cowboy.[1]

Selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1923,[2] she nevertheless continued to be cast in secondary roles and rarely played the lead. She was often cast as the "other woman", as in Across the Continent (1922), Fair Play (1925), and The Spirit of Youth (1929). Her work included a wide range of genres;[2] in 1923, for example, she was cast in the costume drama Ashes of Vengeance, the contemporary melodrama Flaming Youth, and the western Double Dealing. She is seen in the Harry Langdon comedy Long Pants (1927).

Her career continued into the sound era. She appears in some of the earliest movie musicals: Broadway (1929), Smiling Irish Eyes (1929), and Cecil B. DeMille's Madam Satan (1930).[3] Her last film was Romance in the Rain (1934).

Personal[edit]

Francisco's sister, Evelyn, was also an actor in the 1920s.[4] In 1930, Betty Francisco married Fred Spradling.

She died of a heart attack on her El Cerrito, California ranch in 1950, aged 50, and was interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale, California.

Partial filmography[edit]

Betty Francisco with Wallace Reid, c. 1921

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Betty Francisco biography". Allmovie.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 305. ISBN 978-0-7864-4693-3. 
  3. ^ Bradley, Edwin M. (2004). The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography of 171 Features, 1927 through 1932. McFarland. pp. 43; 49; 141. ISBN 978-0-7864-2029-2. 
  4. ^ Cochran, Robert; McCray, Suzanne (2015). Lights! Camera! Arkansas!: From Broncho Billy to Billy Bob Thornton. University of Arkansas Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-55728-672-7. 

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