|Occupation Screenwriter, actress|
Name Betty Burbridge
|Known for Western screenplays|
Years active 1913–1952
|Full Name Elizabeth Burbridge|
Born December 7, 1895 (1895-12-07) San Diego, California
Resting place Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery 34°02′31″N 118°17′52″W / 34.04199°N 118.29784°W / 34.04199; -118.29784
Relatives Stephen G. Burbridge, grandfather
Died September 19, 1987, Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, United States
Movies Melody Trail, Gaucho Serenade, Red River Range, Under Western Stars, Gold Mine in the Sky
Similar People Max Terhune, George Sherman, Robert Livingston, Smiley Burnette, Joseph Kane
Betty Burbridge (December 7, 1895 – September 19, 1987) was an American screenwriter and actress, best known for her Western screenplays.
Elizabeth Burbridge was born in San Diego, California on December 7, 1895, the granddaughter of Civil War Major General Stephen G. Burbridge. She began her career as an actress working in 62 silent short films between 1913 and 1916 using her birth name Elizabeth Burbridge. She also appeared in four feature-length silent films: Rumpelstiltskin (1915), The Winged Idol (1915), The Tongues of Men (1916), and Charity (1916).
In 1917, Burbridge began her career as a screenwriter, working at first on silent short films. By 1923, she was writing a syndicated newspaper column under the name Prudence Penny Jr., providing readers advice on interior decorating and love. In 1924, Burbridge was hired by film producer Lester F. Scott Jr. as a scriptwriter for his newly formed Action Pictures. From 1924 to 1929, she wrote a majority of Action Pictures' low-budget silent films for Buddy Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and Wally Wales. By 1926, she was working almost exclusively on western films. With the advent of sound films, Burbridge became a freelance writer, working on films for Rex Lease, Bob Custer, Jack Perrin, and Tom Tyler.
In 1935, Burbridge was hired by Republic Pictures and became the principal writer for singing cowboy Gene Autry in the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to providing the story for Melody Trail (1935), she wrote thirteen western film screenplays for Autry: The Singing Vagabond (1935), Springtime in the Rockies (1937), Gold Mine in the Sky (1938), Man from Music Mountain (1938), Prairie Moon (1938), Colorado Sunset (1939), Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939), South of the Border (1939), Rancho Grande (1940), Gaucho Serenade (1940), Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride (1940), Melody Ranch (1940), and Stardust on the Sage (1942). In total, Burbridge wrote 124 films between 1917 and 1949.
In the 1950s, Burbridge began writing for television, contributing several screenplays for The Cisco Kid television series in 1950 and 1951, and three screenplays for The Gene Autry Show from 1950 to 1952. Her last credited screenplay was for an episode of The Range Rider television series in 1952. Burbridge died on September 19, 1987 in Tarzana, California at the age of 91. She is buried in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.