Betty Francisco (born Elizabeth Barton; September 26, 1900 – November 25, 1950) was an American silent-film actress, appearing primarily in supporting roles. Her sisters Evelyn and Margaret were also actresses.
Betty Francisco in 1922
September 26, 1900
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Died||November 25, 1950 50) (aged|
|Burial place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park|
|Spouse(s)||Fred Spradling (m.1930)|
|Relatives||Evelyn Francisco (sister)|
Selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1923, 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; 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). Her last film was Romance in the Rain (1934).
- A Broadway Cowboy (1920)
- The Furnace (1920)
- Greater Than Love (1921)
- Midsummer Madness (1921)
- Across the Continent (1922)
- Her Night of Nights (1922)
- Double Dealing (1923)
- Ashes of Vengeance (1923)
- The Old Fool (1923)
- Crinoline and Romance (1923)
- Flaming Youth (1923)
- Maytime (1923)
- Gambling Wives (1924)
- The Wife of the Centaur (1924)
- East of Broadway (1924)
- How to Educate a Wife (1924)
- Jimmie's Millions (1925)
- Private Affairs (1925)
- Seven Keys to Baldpate (1925)
- Irene (1926)
- Don Juan's Three Nights (1926)
- The Gingham Girl (1927)
- Long Pants (1927)
- Too Many Crooks (1927)
- The Gay Retreat (1927)
- The Spirit of Youth (1929)
- Broadway (1929)
- Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)
- Street of Chance (1930)
- Madam Satan (1930)
- The Widow from Chicago (1930)
- Charlie Chan Carries On (1931)
- Romance in the Rain (1934)
- The three Francisco sisters are all well started on screen careers. Left to right, they are Margaret, Betty, and Evelyn
- Cochran, Robert; McCray, Suzanne (2015). Lights! Camera! Arkansas!: From Broncho Billy to Billy Bob Thornton. Arkansas UP. p. 13. ISBN 978-1557286727.
- Wollstein, Hans J. "Betty Francisco biography". Allmovie.com. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
- Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 305. ISBN 978-0-7864-4693-3.
- 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.
- "Silent Film Actress Betty Francisco Died". Albuquerque Journal. November 27, 1950. Archived from the original on March 5, 2019.
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