Betty Bronson Overview:

Legendary actress, Betty Bronson, was born Elizabeth Ada Bronson on Nov 17, 1906 in Trenton, NJ. Bronson died at the age of 64 on Oct 19, 1971 in Pasadena, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


After several years in minor roles, Betty Bronson was 'discovered' and given the title role in Peter Pan (1924), which she played to the hilt. She never reached that pinnacle again, although she did appear in Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), an epic that cost over $4,000,000 to produce, and in Al Jolson's The Singing Fool (1928). Other films include Are Parents People? (1925), The Cat's Pajamas (1926), The Medicine Man (1930) and The Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937). 

(Source: available at Amazon The Movie Makers [please note: the book has some data errors which have been corrected in this article by CMH]).



Bronson was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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She named Peter Pan (1924) and A Kiss for Cinderella (1925) as her favorites of the films in which she had acted. She also Herbert Brenon as her favorite actor.

Bronson's son has said that Al Jolson was the only person she admitted she didn't like working with; they appeared together in The Singing Fool (1928).

Interviewed in "Talking to the Piano Player: Silent Film Stars, Writers and Directors Remember" by Stuart Oderman (BearManor Media).

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