AskBiography Logo   Latest News  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Google Buzz  Became Fan - Facebook  Subscribe to RSSRSS   Bookmark and Share

Joyce Compton

Joyce Compton
Personal information
Birth nameOlivia Joyce Compton
Birth dateJanuary 27, 1907
Place of birthLexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Date of deathOctober 13, 1997(age 90)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
SpouseWilliam Francis Kaliher (1955-1956) (divorced)

     Home | American actors | Joyce Compton

Joyce Compton (January 27, 1907 - October 13, 1997) was an American actress.

She was born Olivia Joyce Compton in Lexington, Kentucky and not Eleanor Hunt as is frequently erroneously stated. She had appeared in the film Good Sport (1931) with Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career. After graduating high school she spent two years studying at Tulsa University, studying dramatics, art, music and dancing. She won a personality and beauty and contest and spent two months in a film studio as an extra.

Compton first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside: Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray. Compton appeared in a long string of mostly B-movies from the 1920s through the 1950s. She was a comedy actress and protested at being stereotyped as a "dumb blonde"

Among her over two hundred films were Imitation of Life, Magnificent Obsession, The Awful Truth, Rose of Washington Square, They Drive by Night, Christmas in Connecticut, Mildred Pierce, The Best Years of Our Lives, and Sorry, Wrong Number.

A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written "Christian Actress". She died from natural causes, aged 90, and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

Warning: simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "" in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Fatal error: Call to a member function children() on a non-object in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 260