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Betty Francisco

Personal information
Birth dateSeptember 26, 1900
Place of birthLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States
Date of deathNovember 25, 1950(age 50)
Death placeEl Cerrito, California, United States
Years active1920 - 1934

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Betty Francisco (September 26, 1900 - November 25, 1950) was an American silent-film actress, appearing mainly in dramatic/romantic films. Her sister, Evelyn Francisco, was also an actress.

Born Elizabeth Barton (or Bartman) in Little Rock, Arkansas, Betty acted in many credited roles from the period between 1920 and 1934, after which it appears she left the movies for good. Her first film credit was in the 1920 film The Broadway Cowboy. However, the film did little to improve her popularity. Also that year 1920 she appeared with William Desmond in Pathe's The Man From Make Believe.

In 1923, she was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, although studios still preferred to cast her in roles opposite major female leading ladies. However, Betty still managed to have her own share of leading roles. Francisco costarred with Norma Talmadge, Wallace Beery and Conway Tearle in First National's sumptuous 1923 costume picture Ashes of Vengeance. She also appeared in Maytime the same year.

The actress was still working after the transition of sound, but her name was now virtually unnoticed and Betty, who had mostly done "B movies" in her career, found herself almost forgotten by the film industry. Her last film was Romance in the Rain (1934).

Betty, who was the sister of actress Evelyn Francisco, married Fred Spradling in 1930.

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

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