Betty Francisco ~ The Perfect Blonde

Betty Francisco

Betty Francisco was born Elizabeth Barton on September 26, 1900 in Little Rock, Arkansas. When she was a child she started acting in stock companies. She and her younger sister Evelyn performed in vaudeville as "The Dancing Franciscos". Betty worked as an artists model and starred in the Ziegfeld Follies for two years. In 1920 she made her film debut in A Broadway Cowboy. Betty appeared in many films including Flaming Youth, Across The Continent, and Gambling Wives. She was usually cast in supporting roles and often played "the other woman".

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Betty was chosen to be a WAMPAS baby star in 1923. She was also voted "America's Most Perfect Blonde". Betty had roles in several musicals including Smiling Irish Eyes and Madame Satan. In 1930 she married Fred Spradling, a New York stock broker. A few years later she decided to retire from acting. Her final film was the 1934 comedy Romance In Rain. She and her husband lived on a ranch in Corona, California. They had no children. Betty died from a heart attack on November 25, 1950. She was only fifty years old. Betty was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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