Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976) Author

Dame Edith Evans

Dame Edith Mary Evans, DBE (8 February 188814 October 1976) was an English actress. She was best known for her work on the stage, but also appeared in films towards the beginning and end of her career.

Evans's stage career spanned sixty years during which she played more than 100 roles, in classics by Shakespeare, Congreve, Goldsmith, Sheridan and Wilde, and plays by contemporary writers including Bernard Shaw, Enid Bagnold, Christopher Fry and Noël Coward. She created roles in two of Shaw's plays: Orinthia in The Apple Cart (1929), and Epifania in The Millionairess (1940) and was in the British premieres of two others: Heartbreak House (1921) and Back to Methuselah (1923).

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