Actress; British star of silent film.
was without doubt the most popular and most adorable film star that
this country has ever produced, or ever will produce.' In the 1920s,
though other stars like Alma Taylor, Chrissie White or Stewart Rome
had strong local followings, only Betty Balfour and Ivor Novello ranked
in the international popularity polls along with the stars of Hollywood.
She was known as the 'British Mary Pickford' or as 'Britain's Queen
of Happiness', her popularity based on her comic charm and common touch
rather than on her sexual allure. Prefiguring Gracie Fields, her most
popular creation, Squibs, was based on a music-hall sketch featuring
her as a pert, Cockney flower girl.
till 1925 to the Welsh-Pearson company and directed by George Pearson,
Balfour made no attempt to break into Hollywood but like Novello she
was able to export her talents to mainland Europe, working with Louis
Mercanton on La Petite bonne du palace (1926) and Croquette (1927),
and with Marcel L'Herbier on Le Diable au coeur (1926). Her popularity
waned with the coming of sound, though she played a supporting role
to Jessie Matthews in Evergreen (1934) and appeared with John Mills
in Forever England (1935). (http://www.britmovie.co.uk/actors/b/001.html)
1922 Mord Em'ly
1922 Squibs Wins the Calcutta Sweep
1922 Wee MacGregor's Sweetheart
1923 Love Life and Laughter
1923 Squibs M.P.
1923 Squibs' Honeymoon
1925 Satan's Sister
1926 Le Diable au coeur
1926 The Sea Urchin
1927 Die Sieben Töchter der Frau Gyurkovics
1928 A Little Bit of Fluff
1929 Die Regimentstochter
1930 The Nipper
1930 Raise the Roof
1930 The Vagabond Queen
1934 My Old Dutch
1935 Brown on Resolution
1936 Eliza Comes to Stay
1945 29 Acacia Avenue
1925 Satan's Sister (as producer)
20 February 1924.
The Lafayette studio, 160 New Bond Street, London.
3/4 L sitting.
Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
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L. Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, 9th ed, London,
(version) Eve, 5 January 1927, p 8.