March 20, 1909
|Died||May 7, 1967 (aged 58)|
New York City, U.S.
Judith Evelyn (born Evelyn Morris, March 20, 1909 – May 7, 1967) was an American-Canadian stage and film actress who appeared in around 50 films and television series.
Evelyn was born Evelyn Morris in 1909 (later shaving four years off of her age) in Seneca, South Dakota, United States and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Manitoba, where she was active in drama, and she developed her acting skills at Hart House at the University of Toronto.
Evelyn worked on radio both for the British Broadcasting Corporation and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Her early stage experience included being a member of a Canadian Chautauqua unit in 1932. The next year, she performed with the Pasadena Community Playhouse in California.
Evelyn appeared on Broadway in the following plays:
All of the four plays were made into films, but Evelyn did not appear in any of them. She did appear in other films, including the role as Miss Lonelyhearts, the lonely alcoholic in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. In 1956, Evelyn played the role of Nancy Lynnton in George Stevens' Giant. She had a brief 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 the docudrama Behind Closed Doors. The following year, in the episode "Double Reverse" on the Western series Tales of Wells Fargo, she was cast as Ann Rawlins, an escaped bank robber's wife, who tries to distance herself from the shame of her husband's crime and a establish a new respectable life for their son.
In 1942, Evelyn won the Distinguished Performance Award from The Drama League, an award that is "bestowed each season on a single performer from over sixty nominated performances from Broadway and Off-Broadway."
On September 3, 1939, she and her fiancé, Canadian radio producer Andrew Allan, survived the sinking of the Anchor-Donaldson liner SS Athenia. The Athenia was the first British passenger liner to be torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in World War II.
Evelyn, at age 58, died from cancer in New York City on May 7, 1967. She is interred at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
|1951||The 13th Letter||Sister Marie Corbin|
|1954||Rear Window||Miss Lonelyhearts|
|1955||Female on the Beach||Eloise Crandall|
|1956||Hilda Crane||Mrs. Stella Crane|
|1956||Giant||Mrs. Nancy Lynnton|
|1958||The Brothers Karamazov||Mme. Anna Hohlakov|
|1958||Twilight for the Gods||Ethel Peacock|
|1959||The Tingler||Mrs. Martha Ryerson Higgins|