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“Here they had tried to change me to a more sophisticated type in appearance and otherwise by cutting and dyeing my hair. I thought they took me away from my natural appearance and comedy flair. Isn’t that the way it goes? Sign you for what you have to offer, mess around and ruin it all, then give up and toss you out.” ~ Joyce Compton, referring to Fox Studio dropping her contract.
Joyce Compton was born Olivia Joyce Compton on January 27, 1907 in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating high school she spent two years studying at Tulsa University, studying dramatics, art, music and dancing. She won a personality and beauty and contest and spent two months in a film studio as an extra. Compton first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside: Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray. Compton appeared in a long string of mostly B-movies from the 1920s through the 1950s. She was a comedy actress and protested at being stereotyped as a “dumb blonde”. Among her over two hundred films were “Imitation of Life” (1934), “Magnificent Obsession” (1935), “The Awful Truth” (1937) with Irene Dunne and Carey Grant, “Rose of Washington Square” (1939) with Tyrone Power and Alice White, “They Drive by Night” (1940) George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, and Humphrey Bogart, “Christmas in Connecticut” (1945) with Barbara Stanwyck, “Mildred Pierce” (1945) with Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, and Eve Arden, “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946), and “Sorry, Wrong Number” (1948) with Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster.
Joyce Compton died October 13, 1977 in Los Angeles, California from natural causes, aged 90, and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written “Christian Actress”.