Edith Evans

Actor, Milliner
Legendary stage performer acclaimed for her precise diction, ironic delivery and forthright acting style who won renown for her performances in Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde and Restoration comedies. After appearing in two ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1888 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (19)

Nasty Habits 1977 (Movie)

Felicity (Actor)

The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)

Dowager Queen (Actor)

A Doll's House 1972 (Movie)

Anne-Marie (Actor)

Craze 1972 (Movie)

Aunt Louise (Actor)

The Gambler 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

David Copperfield 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

Ghost of Christmas Past (Actor)

Crooks and Coronets 1969 (Movie)

Lady Sophie Fitzmore (Actor)

The Madwoman of Chaillot 1969 (Movie)

Josephine (Actor)

Upon This Rock 1969 (Movie)

Queen Christian (Actor)

Prudence and the Pill 1968 (Movie)

Lady Roberta Bates (Actor)

Fitzwilly 1967 (Movie)

Victoria Woodworth (Actor)

The Whisperers 1966 (Movie)

Mrs Ross (Actor)

Young Cassidy 1965 (Movie)

Lady Gregory (Actor)

The Chalk Garden 1964 (Movie)

Mrs St Maugham (Actor)

Tom Jones 1963 (Movie)

Miss Western (Actor)

Look Back in Anger 1959 (Movie)

Mrs Tanner (Actor)

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

Mother Emmanuel (Actor)

The Queen of Spades 1947 (Movie)

Old Countess (Actor)

Biography

Legendary stage performer acclaimed for her precise diction, ironic delivery and forthright acting style who won renown for her performances in Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde and Restoration comedies. After appearing in two early silent films, Evans did not return to the screen until 1948. Her definitive portrayal of Oscar Wilde's Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest" was captured on screen in 1952, and in her 70s and 80s she created a bevy of memorable characters in such films as "Tom Jones" (1963) and "The Whisperers" (1967).

Relationships

George Booth

Husband
married from 1925 until his death in 1935

Michael Redgrave Actor

Companion

Milestones

1976

Last film, "Nasty Habits"

1967

Enjoyed success as star of "The Whisperers"

1948

Sound film debut in "The Queen of Spades"

1931

First role on New York stage in "The Lady With a Lamp"

1930

Attempt as actress-manager failed when her production of "Delilah" closed in London after five performances

1925

Joined Old Vic Company

1915

Silent film acting debut in "A Welsh Singer"

1912

Joined William Poel's theatrical company; made London stage debut in "Troilus and Cressida"

1910

Amateur stage debut in "Twelfth Night"

Worked as an apprentice in a London millinary shop while attending a drama class which developed into a club known as the Streatham Shakespeare Players

Bonus Trivia

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Named Dame of the British Empire for her services to the theater in 1946.

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