Today, I lift a toast and pay tribute to one of the best. Happy Birthday, Joyce Compton!
Born this day (January 27) in 1907, Joyce’s career in films extended from the mid-1920s into the 1950s. In the early 1990s, she and I put together her memoirs. Check it out, if you haven’t. https://michaelgankerich.wordpress.com/the-real-joyce-compton-behind-the-dumb-blonde-movie-image/
To commemorate her special day, I offer this photo essay on her extraordinary life.
Joyce was a huge movie fan growing up. While a teenager in the mid-West, she was always posing and imaging herself in front of the movie cameras.
In 1925, the Comptons sold their home in Oklahoma, packed their belongings, and headed west to Hollywood. It was time to give little Joyce a chance.
Mae Murray was Joyce’s favorite movie star. She imitated her pose and hairstyle.
Joyce was soon under contract to First National.
She was named a Wampas Baby Star in 1926. Joyce is fourth from the right. How many other actresses can you name?
Joyce was placed under contract to Fox in the late 1920s. They were determined to change her image to that of a siren.
There was talk about teaming her with Charles Farrell.
Joyce found her niche in the early 1930s when she became a blonde and concentrated on comedy.
Perhaps her most finest role was as Dixie in The Awful Truth with Cary Grant.
In addition to acting, Joyce was also a gifted artist. Here is a self portrait.
Joyce was an animal lover from childhood. Here she is with her beloved Taj.
When fans sent Joyce photos and asked for her autograph, she usually included homemade prayer cards with her favorite Bible verses.
Joyce passed away on October 21, 1997. She is buried at Forest Lawn — Hollywood Hills.
We miss you, Joycie! Happy Birthday!