Evelyn Keyes

Actor, Writer, Chorus girl
An attractive former chorine, Evelyn Keyes entered films in the late 1930s under contract to Cecil B DeMille. She debuted in the director's swashbuckling "The Buccaneer" (1938) and followed with DeMille's "Union ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1916 in Port Arthur, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

The Hustons: Hollywood's Maverick Dynasty 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Wicked Stepmother 1989 (Movie)

Witch Mistress (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Axel (Actor)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Flirt (Actor)

The Seven Year Itch 1955 (Movie)

Helen Sherman (Actor)

The Prowler 1951 (Movie)

Susan Gilvray / Susan Garwood (Actor)

The Thrill of Brazil 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Thousand and One Nights 1945 (Movie)

The Genie (Actor)

The Jolson Story 1945 (Movie)

Julie Benson (Actor)

The Desperadoes 1942 (Movie)

Allison McLeod (Actor)

Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

Suellen O'Hara (Actor)

Union Pacific 1938 (Movie)

Mrs. Calvin (Actor)

The Buccaneer 1937 (Movie)

Madeleine (Actor)

Biography

An attractive former chorine, Evelyn Keyes entered films in the late 1930s under contract to Cecil B DeMille. She debuted in the director's swashbuckling "The Buccaneer" (1938) and followed with DeMille's "Union Pacific" (1939). For many film buffs, she is best remembered as Scarlett's younger sister Suellen O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind" (also 1939). Keyes went on to distinguish such efforts as the farcical "The Lady in Question" (1940, directed by her second husband Charles Vidor) and was especially fine as the young woman who becomes involved with the re-incarnated Robert Montgomery in the charming fantasy "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941). After playing an innocent in Vidor's "The Desperadoes" (1943), she portrayed an impish genie in "A Thousand and One Nights" (1945) before reaching her peak as the lead of the immensely popular biopic "The Jolson Story" (1946). (Although based on her, Keyes' character was not named Ruby Keeler, then the ex-Mrs. Al Jolson). She continued to appear in a number of mostly forgotten films, often delivering performances better than the material. Keyes was fine as David Niven's niece in the romance "Enchantment" (1948) and was particularly effective as Van Heflin's married lover in Joseph Losey's fine thriller "The Prowler" (1951). She proved to be an effective foil for Tom Ewell in "The Seven Year Itch" (1955), although most viewers only recall Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate. After an appearance in the all-star, Oscar-winning "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956), Keyes retired from Hollywood.

Relationships

Barton Bainbridge

Husband
committed suicide in 1940 shortly after he and Keyes separated

John Huston Actor

Husband
married in 1946 divorced in 1950 died in 1987

Pablo Huston

Son
Mexican-born adopted with John Huston in 1948

Artie Shaw

Husband
married 1957 divorced in the early 1980s

Mike Todd

Companion
together 1953-56

Charles Vidor

Husband
born in 1900 married in 1943 divorced in 1945 died in 1959

Milestones

1991

Published second memoir "I'll Think About That Tomorrow"

1989

Final feature appearance in "Wicked Stepmother"

1987

Returned to films in a featured role in "A Return to Salem's Lot" after 17 years

1977

Wrote and published her memoirs "Scarlett O'Hara's Little Sister"

1972

Made uncredited cameo appearance in "Across 110th Street"

1970

Published first novel, "I Am a Billboard"

1956

Last film for 16 years, "Around the World in 80 Days"

1955

Appeared as wife of Tom Ewell in Billy Wilder's film version of the Broadway comedy "The Seven Year Itch"

1946

Had female lead in "The Jolson Story", opposite Larry Parks; played Julie Benson, a character based on Ruby Keeler

1940

Co-starred in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"

1939

Cast as Suellen O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind"

1938

Feature film debut, "The Bucaneer"

Began career as a nightclub chorus dancer

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