Betty Balfour

Betty Balfour (27 March 1903 – 4 November 1977) was an English screen actress, popular during the silent era, and known as the "British Mary Pickford" and "Britain's Queen of Happiness". She was best known to audiences for her Squibs series of films. Balfour was the most popular actress in Britain in the 1920s, and in 1927 she was named by the Daily Mirror as the country's favourite world star. She was a consummate screen actress, whose sympathetic portrayals were often tinged with pathos. Her talent was most evident in the Squibs comedy series produced by George Pearson, while in his 1923's Love, Life and Laughter and 1924's Reveille, she demonstrated a serious side to her character. Her 1925 role as a wealthy heriess in Somebody's Darling was an attempt to break out of her previous role as Squibs, to avoid typecasting. She made her stage debut in 1913, and was appearing in Medora at the Alhambra Theatre when T. A. Welsh and Pearson saw and signed her for Nothing Else Matters in 1920. After replacing Gertrude Lawrence on stage in The Midnight Follies, Balfour was back with Pearson with her first starring role in Mary Find the Gold.


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