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Evelyn Preer

Evelyn Preer
Personal information
Birth nameEvelyn Jarvis
Birth dateJuly 16, 1896
Place of birthVicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Date of deathNovember 27, 1932(age 36)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1919 - 1932
SpouseEdward Thompson
(1924 - 1932) (her death)

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Evelyn Preer, born Evelyn Jarvis (July 16, 1896 - November 27, 1932), was a pioneering African-American stage and screen actress and blues singer of the 1910s through the early 1930s. Evelyn was known within the black community as "The First Lady of the Screen."

She was the first black actress to earn celebrity and popularity. She appeared in ground-breaking films and stage productions, such as the first play by a black playwright to be produced on Broadway, and the first New York-style production with a black cast in California in 1928, in a revival of a play adapted from Somerset Maugham's short story, Rain.

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