Edith Evans


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Evans, Edith

 

Born Feb. 8, 1888, in London; died Oct. 14, 1976, in Cranbrook, Kent. British actress. Evans made her stage debut in 1912. She played in London, including the Old Vic Theatre (from 1925 with interruptions), as well as in Stratford-upon-Avon and in New York City. Among her roles were Mrs. Millamant and Lady Wishfort in Congreve’s The Way of the World, Lady Utterwood in Shaw’s Heartbreak House, Mrs. Malaprop in Sheridan’s The Rivals, the Nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Ranevskaia in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull, and Katerina Ivanovna in Crime and Punishment (based on Dostoevsky). Evans also acted in motion pictures. In 1958 she visited the USSR.

REFERENCE

Trewin, J. C. Edith Evans, London [1954].
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David Charles Evans Son of David and Victoria Evans; husband of Edith Evans, of 110, Clive Street, Grangetown, Cardiff.
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Although David hadn't considered himself for the iconic part, played by Dame Edith Evans in the 1952 film and Dame Judi Dench in the 2002 remake, getting a male actor to play the ruthless Victorian powerhouse had been tried and tested, thanks to the loudlyapplauded efforts of Geoffrey Rush (in an Australian theatre production) and Brian Bedford (in Stratford and on Broadway).
Although the 69-year-old hadn't considered himself for the iconic part, played by Dame Edith Evans in the 1952 film and Dame Judi Dench in the 2002 remake, getting a male actor to play the ruthless Victorian powerhouse had been tried and tested, thanks to the efforts of Geoffrey Rush (in an Australian theatre production) and Brian Bedford (in Stratford and on Broadway).
She is predeceased by brothers, William, Gustaf and Oscar and sisters Edith Evans and Alice Anderson.
She played with Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, and Edith Evans, and achieved considerable success, but not stardom.
Other costumes in the exhibition range from a lace dress worn by Edith Evans in All's Well That Ends Well dating back to 1959; Vanessa Redgrave's 1961 Rosalind dress from As You Like It to the military uniform worn by Antony Sher in 1999 as Leontes in The Winter's Tale and Sir Ian McKellen's King Lear outfit from 2007.