Fay Compton

Picture Fay Compton

1894 - 1978

The actress Fay Compton was born as Virginia Lilian Emmeline MackenzieCompton in London. Her parents Edward Compton and Virginia Bateman were both theater actors. Also her grandfather Henry Compton was the theatrical celebrity in the 19th century.
Therefore it was the obvious thing that Fay Compton also chose the profession of acting.

She soon had great successes at the theater and was convincing in plays like "Mary Rose" (20). She also had the privilege to play together on stage with two of the most important Hamlet interpreters - John Barrymore and John Gielgud.

She made her film debut already in 1914 in "She Stoops to Conquer". It followed the silent movies "One Summer's Day" (17) and "The Labour Leader" (17).
She had her busiest time in film business in the 20's and took part in "A Woman of No Importance" (21), "Diana of the Crossways" (22), "The Loves of Mary, Queen of Scots" (23), "The Happy Ending" (25), "Robinson Crusoe" (27) and "Fashions in Love" (29).

Although she had a trained voice because of her theater experience she only appeared in few movies in the 30's like "Cape Forlorn" (31), "Waltzes from Vienna" (33), "Autumn Crocus" (34) and "The Mill on the Floss" (37).

Her main attention was always focused to the theater where she went on acting successfully in plays like "Call it a Day" and "Blithe Spirit".
Yet one could admire Fay Compton in single movies till at the beginning of the 70's, so in "Odd Man Out" (47), "Blackmailed" (50), "Laughter in Paradise" (51), "Othello" (52), "Town on Trial" (57), "The Haunting" (63) and "Cold Comfort Farm" (71).

Her sister Viola Compton became also an actress, her brother Sir Compton Mackenzie became a distinguished writer. Fay Compton's Sohn Anthony Pelissier continued the family tradition as a director and screen writer.
Fay Compton was among others married with the actor Lauri de Frece.

Other movies with Fay Compton:
Judge Not (20) The Old Wive's Tale (21) The House of Peril (22) A Bill of Divorcement (22) This Freedom (23) Claude Duval (24) The Eleventh Commandment (24) Claude Duval (24) Settled Out of Court (25) London Love (26) Somehow Good (27) Uneasy Virtue (31) Tell England (31) Song at Eventide (34) Wedding Group (36) So This Is London (40) The Prime Minister (41) Nicholas Nickleby (47) London Belongs to Me (48) Esther Waters (48) Britannia Mews (49) Lady Possessed (52) I Vinti (53) Aunt Clara (54) Double Cross (56) Double Cross (56) The Story of Esther Costello (57) Uncla Vanya (63) Serie "The Forsyte Saga" (67) Serie "Sanctuary" (67) I Start Counting (69) The Virgin and the Gypsy (70)