Fay Compton

(1894—1978) actress

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(1894–1978), English actress, daughter of Edward Compton. She had a long, varied, and distinguished career, making her début in the Follies of her first husband H. G. Pélissier (see REVUE) and being the first to play the title-role in Barrie's Mary Rose (1920) and Phoebe Throssel in his Quality Street (1921), as well as Elizabeth in Maugham's The Circle (1921) and Constance in his The Constant Wife (1927). She also appeared in Ashley Dukes's The Man with a Load of Mischief (1925). Among her later successes were Fanny Grey in Autumn Crocus (1931) and Dorothy Hilton in Call it a Day (1935), both by Dodie Smith, Ruth in Coward's Blithe Spirit (1941), and Martha Dacre in Esther McCracken's No Medals (1944). At the first Chichester Festival in 1962 she played Marya in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.


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