Louise Carter
Louise Carter (1911).jpg
Betty-Lee Carter

March 17, 1875
Denison, Iowa, United States
DiedNovember 10, 1957 (Age 82)
Years active1924 - 1940 (film)
Spouse(s)Frederick Seymour
Cobrun Broun

Louise Carter (born Betty-Lee Carter; March 17, 1875 – November 10, 1957) was an American stage and film actress.[1] She appeared in 48 films between 1924 and 1940, mostly in maternal supporting roles. Among her roles were the mother of Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), the wife of Lionel Barrymore in Broken Lullaby (1932) and the wife of W. C. Fields in You're Telling Me! (1934).

Early years

Carter was born Betty-Lee Carter on March 17, 1875, in Denison, Iowa. Her parents, Lawrence "Louis" J. Carter and Philomine Richards Carter, were French-Canadian. She had five younger siblings, and she was a graduate of Denison High School.[2]


By 1902, Carter had acted in Boston, New London, and New York City. She became the leading lady of the Gotham Stock Company in New York City in 1911. The company performed in Orpheum Company vaudeville houses owned by Percy G. Williams, who often had the cast of a play present it in one theater, then hurry to a second theater in the chain for another performance in the same evening.[2] In 1928, Carter and her daughter Betty-Lee acted together in Skidding at the Bayes Theatre in New York City.[3]

Carter also wrote plays, including the one-act The Soldiers, which was presented in Toronto by a stock touring company headed by Miss Percy Haswell. She went on to write at least six more plays.[2] In 1931, Thomas Nelson and Sons published Bible Jingle Rymes, Carter's adaptation of Bible stories into "delightful children's verse".[4]

Personal life

When Carter was 21, she married Frederick Seymour. They had two daughters (the second of whom was named Betty-Lee Carter, like her mother and became an actress) before they separated. By that time Carter was living in Silver City, New Mexico, to which the rest of her family had moved. By 1915, the two had apparently divorced. She had married Cobrun Broun, and they were living in Toronto.[2]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ Gallagher p.522
  2. ^ a b c d Bird, Kym (January 16, 2021). Blowing up the Skirt of History: Recovered and Reanimated Plays by Early Canadian Women Dramatists, 1876-1920. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 242–244. ISBN 978-0-2280-0425-7. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  3. ^ "In the Spotlight". The New York Times. August 19, 1928. p. 97. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  4. ^ "Actress claims four different careers". The Miami Herald. January 29, 1933. p. 31. Retrieved October 25, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.