Fay Compton

Fay Compton

Highest Rated: 100% Odd Man Out (1947)

Lowest Rated: 50% Waltzes from Vienna (Strauss' Great Waltz) (1934)

Birthday: Sep 18, 1894

Birthplace: Not Available

British actress Fay Compton came from a formidable acting lineage; her father was actor/manager Edward Compton, and her grandfather was 19th-century theatrical luminary Henry Compton. Starting in the Follies staged by first husband H. G. Pelissier, Fay Compton made her mark in the plays of J. M. Barrie (of Peter Pan fame). Fay in fact introduced several of Barrie's plays to London audiences, notably in the title role of Mary Rose in 1920. Active in the classics as well as contemporary material, Compton had the distinction of playing Ophelia opposite two of the most celebrated Hamlets, John Barrymore and John Gielgud. The actress' most significant successes in the 1930s were in two sophisticated comedies by Dodie Smith, Autumn Crocus and Call it a Day; in 1941, she created the role of Ruth in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Compton's film work is not as well known or as highly regarded as her stage appearances, but she managed to squeeze in a good many screen roles between her movie debut in She Stoops to Conquer (1914) and her final appearance in Alex and the Gypsy (1970). The Fay Compton film performances most accessible to American audiences are Odd Man Out (1947), Laughter in Paradise (1951) Orson Welles' Othello (1952) and The Haunting (1963)--all made when her ingenue and young-sophisticate roles were behind her and when she was in her "Lady Bracknell" dowager period. Fay Compton was the mother of British director Anthony Pelisser, whose most significant film was The Rocking Horse Winner (1951).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Uncle Vanya Actor 2012
No Score Yet Robinson Crusoe Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Prime Minister Actor 1986
No Score Yet I Start Counting Mrs. Bennett 1971
No Score Yet The Virgin and the Gypsy Grandma 1970
87% The Haunting Mrs. Sanderson 1963
No Score Yet Story of Esther Costello Mother Superior 1957
No Score Yet Town on Trial Mrs. Crowley 1957
89% Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice) Emilia 1955
86% I Vinti, (Youth and Perversion) (The Vanquished) Mrs. Pinkerton 1953
No Score Yet Laughter in Paradise Agnes Russell 1951
No Score Yet The Forbidden Street Mrs. Culver 1949
No Score Yet London Belongs To Me Actor 1948
No Score Yet Dulcimer Street Mrs. Josser 1948
100% Odd Man Out Rosie 1947
No Score Yet Nicholas Nickleby Mme. Mantalini 1946
No Score Yet The Prime Minister Queen Victoria 1941
No Score Yet Mill on the Floss Mrs. Tulliver 1937
50% Waltzes from Vienna (Strauss' Great Waltz) Countess Helga 1934
No Score Yet Tell England (The Battle of Gallipoli) Mrs. Doe 1931


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