Edith Evanson (Edith Evanson)

Edith Evanson

Actress. She is best remembered as a character actress who film career primarily spanned the 1940s and 1950s, mostly in supporting roles as a spinster, wealthy widow, maid, a busybody, landlady, or middle-aged secretary. The daughter of a Protestant minister, she appeared in drama productions at Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington and also appeared in various stage productions through a stock company through the 1930s. In 1939 she moved to Los Angeles, California and made her first film appearance in an uncredited role in “The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk” (1940). She went on to appear in the films, such as “Citizen Kane” (1941, uncredited), “Blossoms in the Dust” (1941, uncredited), “Woman of the Year” (1942), “Reunion in France” (1942), “The Strange Woman” (1947, uncredited), “I Remember Mama” (1948), “Rope” (1948), The Magnificent Yankee” (1950) “The Damned Don’t Cry” (1950, uncredited), “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951, uncredited), “Hans Christian Andersen” (1952, uncredited), “Shane” (1953), “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing” (1955, uncredited), and Disney’s “Toby Tyler” (1960). With the advent of television in the late 1940s, she appeared in television shows like “You Are There,” “The Loretta Young Show,” “Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre,” “The Millionaire,” “Zane Grey Theater,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Bachelor Father,” “Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond,” “The Restless Gun,” “Wagon Train,’ “Medic,” and “Lassie.” She also appeared on stage in the Los Angeles, California area with DeWitt Bodeen’s play, “Harvest of Years” in 1946 and “I Remember Mama” in 1949. In the late 1960s and early 1970s she obtained little work in films and television due to her advancing age. She made her last appearance in an episode of television’s “Apple’s Way” in 1974 and retired from acting. She was never married and had no children. She died natural causes at the age of 84. (bio by: William Bjornstad)


  • April, 28, 1896
  • USA


  • November, 11, 1980
  • USA


  • Cremated

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