|THE INTERNATIONAL SILENT MOVIE|
1903 - 1977
The actress Betty Balfour was regarded as one of few real international silent movie stars of the British film and she was the most popular world star in England at the end of the 20's.
She began her professional career as an actress in 1913 at the Alhambra
Theater where she appeared in Medora. There she was spotted by the producer
George Pearson who engaged her for her first movie.
Beside it she also wan convincing with serious character roles in "Love, Life and Laughter" (23), "Reveille" (24) and finally "Blinkeyes" (26). Eventually her cooperation with George Pearson came to an end when he offered her to leave his wife and to marry her instead. But Betty Balfour refused his offer.
In the next years she was successful both in England as well as in France
Her popularity diminished in the 30's, new stars were asked. To her
few talkies belong "The Vagabond Queen" (30), "Evergreen" (34), "Brown
on Resoluton" (35) and "Eliza Comes to Stay" (36).
Betty Balfour who was named England's "Queen of Happiness" or also the British Mary Pickford of the silver screen had less fortune in her private life. Her marriage with composer Jimmy Campbell went on the rocks in 1941 after ten years, a try of a comeback at the theater failed in 1952 and she experienced the low with an attempted suicide.
Afterwards she withdrew from the public life and lived as a hermit till
her death in 1977.
Other movies with Betty Balfour: