Vintage: Portraits of Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Vintage: Portraits of Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

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Betty Bronson (1906 – 1971) was an American television and film actress who began her career during the silent film era.

Bronson began her film career at the age of 16 with a bit part in Anna Ascends. At 17, she was interviewed by J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Although the role had been sought by such established actresses as Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford, Barrie personally chose Bronson to play the lead in the film adaptation of his work, which was released in 1924. She appeared alongside actresses Mary Brian (Wendy Darling) and Esther Ralston (Mrs. Darling), both of whom remained lifelong friends.

Bronson had a major role in the 1925 silent film adaptation of Ben-Hur. In 1925, she starred in another Barrie story, A Kiss for Cinderella, an artfully made film that failed at the box office. She made a successful transition into sound films with The Singing Fool (1928), co-starring Al Jolson. She appeared in the sequel, Sonny Boy, with Davey Lee in 1929. She was the leading lady opposite Jack Benny in the romantic drama The Medicine Man (1930).

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson - Silent Movie Star

Betty Bronson – Silent Movie Star (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)


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