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Judith Evelyn

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Birth nameEvelyn Morris
Birth dateMarch 20, 1913
Place of birthSeneca, South Dakota, U.S.
Date of deathMay 07, 1967(age 54)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.

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Judith Evelyn (March 20, 1913 May 7, 1967) was an American stage and film actress. She was born Evelyn Morris in Seneca, South Dakota.

Evelyn appeared on Broadway in the following plays:

* The Shrike as "Ann Downs" (January 15, 1952 May 31, 1952)

* Harriet Craig (February 12, 1947 April 12, 1947)

* The Rich Full Life (November 9, 1945 December 1, 1945)

* Angel Street as "Bella Manningham" (December 5, 1941 December 30, 1944)

Three of the four plays (the excluded one being the unsuccessful The Rich Full Life) were made into films, but Evelyn did not appear in any of them. Angel Street became far more famous on film as Gaslight, which starred Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Craig's Wife was filmed three times, first in 1928, then in 1936, starring Rosalind Russell. It was re-written and remade somewhat more successfully in 1950 as

Harriet Craig, starring Joan Crawford.

Evelyn also appeared in numerous films, probably most memorably as "Miss Lonelyhearts," the lonely alcoholic spied on by James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. In 1956, Evelyn played the role of Nancy Lynnton in George Stevens' Giant. She also had a brief but strong performance as Queen Mother Taia in Michael Curtiz's The Egyptian, and was featured with Vincent Price in The Tingler (1959).

In the fall of 1958, Evelyn guest starred as Clara Keller, a lonely widow who falls prey to communist agents in the episode "Man in the Moon" of Bruce Gordon's short-lived Cold War docudrama, Behind Closed Doors.

On September 3, 1939, together with her fiancé, Canadian radio producer Andrew Allan, Evelyn survived the sinking of the Anchor-Donaldson liner SS Athenia. The Athenia was the first British passenger liner to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II.

Evelyn died from cancer, in New York City, on May 7, 1967. She was 54 years old. She was interred at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.

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