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Also Known As: The Vagabond Violinist, Eleanor Luicime Compson Died: April 18, 1974
Born: March 18, 1897 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Beaver, Utah, USA Profession: actor

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Petite, fair-haired, beautiful and highly-paid leading lady of the silent era. Billed in vaudeville as 'The Vagabond Violinist', Compson was signed in 1915 for a series of Al Christie comedy shorts. She made her dramatic debut as a member of a confidence gang in "The Miracle Man" (1919) and went on to star in dozens of films both in the USA and England (among them "The Little Minister," "Rustle of Silk," "The White Flower," "Wise Guy" and "Twelve Miles Out"). She was memorable as a dejected prostitute rescued from suicide in Josef von Sternberg's highly stylized "Docks of New York" (1928), as the assistant to a mad ventriloquist (Erich Von Stroheim) in her then-husband, James Cruze's "The Great Gabbo" (1929) and in Hitchcock's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (1941).

Petite, fair-haired, beautiful and highly-paid leading lady of the silent era. Billed in vaudeville as 'The Vagabond Violinist', Compson was signed in 1915 for a series of Al Christie comedy shorts. She made her dramatic debut as a member of a confidence gang in "The Miracle Man" (1919) and went on to star in dozens of films both in the USA and England (among them "The Little Minister," "Rustle of Silk," "The White Flower," "Wise Guy" and "Twelve Miles Out"). She was memorable as a dejected prostitute rescued from suicide in Josef von Sternberg's highly stylized "Docks of New York" (1928), as the assistant to a mad ventriloquist (Erich Von Stroheim) in her then-husband, James Cruze's "The Great Gabbo" (1929) and in Hitchcock's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (1941).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Here Comes Trouble (1948) Martha Blake
2.
 Second Chance (1947) Mrs. Davenport
3.
 Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947) Selena Webster
4.
 Her Adventurous Night (1946) Miss Spencer
5.
 Danger! Women at Work (1943) Madame Sapho
6.
 Confessions of a Vice Baron (1943) Mrs. Lola Morgan
7.
 Zis Boom Bah (1941) Mame
8.
 Escort Girl (1941) Ruth Ashley
9.
 The Invisible Ghost (1941) Mrs. Kessler
10.
 Roar of the Press (1941) Thelma Tate
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1912:
First vaudeville performance, billed as "The Vagabond Violinist"
1915:
Film acting debut in "Wanted--a Leading Lady"
1919:
Dramatic debut, "The Miracle Man"
1948:
Retired from acting to become a businesswoman in California
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husband:
James Cruze. Director. Married in October 1925; divorced in May 1930.
husband:
Irving Wineberg. Producer. Married briefly during 1930s.
husband:
Silvius Jack Gall. Boxer. Married from the 1940s until his death in 1962.

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