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Betty Blythe (September 1, 1893 – April 7, 1972) was an American actress best known for her dramatic roles in exotic silent films such as The Queen of Sheba (1921).


Blythe began her stage work in such theatrical pieces as So Long Letty and The Peacock Princess. After touring Europe and the States, she entered films in 1918 at the Vitagraph Studios in Brooklynmarker, then she was brought to Hollywoodmarker's Fox studio as a replacement for actress Theda Bara. As famous for her revealing costumes as for her dramatic skills, she became a star in such exotic films as The Queen of Sheba (1921) and She (1925).


Betty Blythe died in Woodland Hills, Californiamarker in 1972 at the age of 78. She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Parkmarker in Glendale, Californiamarker. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Betty Blythe has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker located at 1706 Vine Street.

Blythe was married to the movie director Paul Scardon from 1919 until his death in 1954.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1917 His Own People Lady Mary Thorne
1918 Hoarded Assets Claire Dawson
1919 Dust of Desire Corrinne Torrence
1920 Nomads of the North Nanette Roland
1921 Mother o' Mine Fan Baxter
1922 How Women Love Rosa Roma
1923 Chu-Chin-Chow Zahrat
1924 The Spitfire Jean Bronson
1925 Speed Mary Whipple
1927 The Girl from Gay Paree Mademoiselle Fanchon
1928 Glorious Betsy Princess Fredericka
1931 Adventure
1932 Tom Brown of Culver Dolores Delight
1933 Pilgrimage Janet Prescot
Only Yesterday Mrs. Vincent Uncredited
1934 Night Alarm Elizabeth Van Dusen
1935 Ann Karenina Woman Uncredited
1936 Yours for the Asking May Uncredited
The Gorgeous Hussy Mrs. Wainwright
1937 Topper Mrs. Goodrich Uncredited
Conquest Princess Mirska Uncredited
Alternative title: Marie Walewska
1938 Romance of the Limberlost Mrs. Parker
1939 The Women Mrs. South Uncredited
1940 Misbehaving Husbands Effie Butler
1941 Honky Tonk Mrs. Wilson
1942 Dawn on the Great Divide Mrs. Elmira Corkle
1943 Presenting Lily Mars Dowanger Uncredited
1944 Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat Mrs. Manning Alternative title: The Chinese Cat
A Fig Leaf for Eve Lavinia Sardham Alternative titles: Desirable Lady, Flaming Girls, Hollywood Nights, Not Enough Clothes. Reckless Youth, Room for Love, Strips and Blondes
1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy Diplomat's Wife Uncredited
They Were Expendable Officer's Wife Uncredited
Adventure Mrs. Buckley Uncredited
1946 The Kid from Brooklyn Mrs. LeMoyne's friend Uncredited
The Postman Always Rings Twice Customer Uncredited
Undercurrent Saleslady Uncredited
1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Floor Manager Uncredited
Song of Love Lady with Opera Glasses Uncredited
Cass Timberlane Nurse Uncredited
1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman Frau Kohner Uncredited
1949 The Barkleys of Broadway Guest in Theater Lobby Uncredited
1950 Jiggs and Maggie Out West Society Woman Uncredited
1951 Hollywood Story Betty Blythe - Old-time Movie Star
1955 The Lonesome Trail Mrs. Wells Uncredited
1956 Lust for Life Dowanger Uncredited
1957 The Helen Morgan Story Party Guest Uncredited
1964 My Fair Lady Lady at Ball Uncredited
Year Title Role Notes
1952 Racket Squad Mrs. Burton 1 episode
1958 The Lineup Mrs. DeSues 1 episode

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