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Also Known As: Virginia Lilian Emeline Mackenzie Compton Died: December 12, 1978
Born: September 18, 1894 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Distinguished stage actress with a distinctive, lovely voice who appeared in Sir James Barrie's "Peter Pan" and was reputedly the playwright's favorite actress (she starred in five of his plays and he wrote, "Mary Rose" for her). Compton made her film debut in "She Stoops to Conquer" (1914) and, after starring in numerous British silents and early talkies, had a long career in a character parts, including as Emilia opposite Orson Welles' "Othello" (1952) and as the aunt on TV's "The Forstye Saga".

Distinguished stage actress with a distinctive, lovely voice who appeared in Sir James Barrie's "Peter Pan" and was reputedly the playwright's favorite actress (she starred in five of his plays and he wrote, "Mary Rose" for her). Compton made her film debut in "She Stoops to Conquer" (1914) and, after starring in numerous British silents and early talkies, had a long career in a character parts, including as Emilia opposite Orson Welles' "Othello" (1952) and as the aunt on TV's "The Forstye Saga".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970) Grandma
2.
 I Start Counting (1969) Mrs Bennett
3.
 The Haunting (1963) Mrs. Sannerson
4.
 The Story of Esther Costello (1957) Mother Superior
5.
 Town on Trial (1957) Mrs. Crowley
6.
 Othello (1955) Emilia
7.
 Aunt Clara (1954)
8.
 Vanquished, The (1953) Mrs Pinkerton (British Episode)
9.
 Lady Possessed (1952) Madame Brune
10.
 Laughter in Paradise (1951) Agnes Russell
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1906:
First stage appearance at Royal Albert Hall in Christmas play, "Sir Philomer or Love's Victory"
1907:
Stage acting debut in H.G. Pelisser's "Follies" at the Apollo Theater, London
1914:
Film debut, "She Stoops to Conquer"
1929:
First talkie feature and Hollywood debut, "Fashions in Love"
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Education

Leatherhead Court: -

Notes

Named Commander of the British Empire (1975)

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husband:
H G Pelissier. Producer. First husband; died in 1913.
husband:
Ralph Michael. Died.
husband:
Leon Quartermaine. Actor. Third husband; co-starred in "Mary Rose" (1920).
husband:
Lauri De Frece.
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father:
Edward Compton. Stage actor. Founded Compton Old English Company.
mother:
Virginia Bateman. Stage actor. Daughter of American impresario H.L. Bateman.
brother:
Compton Mackenzie. Novelist. Elder brother.
sister:
Viola Compton. Actor. Born in 1886; died on April 7, 1971.
son:
Anthony Pelissier. Director.
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