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Elisabeth Risdon

Elisabeth Risdon

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Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: 26 April 1887
Old Time Radio, London, England
Died: 20 December 1958, Santa Monica, California, U.S
An English film actress. She appeared in over 140 films between 1913 and 1952. An attractive beauty in her youth she usually played in society parts. In later years in films she switched to playing character parts.

Elisabeth Risdon was born Elizabeth Evans in London, England. In 1918 she graduated from the London Royal Academy of arts with high honours. She attracted the attention of George Bernard Shaw and was cast as the lead in his biggest plays. Besides her performances for Shaw, she was leading lady for actors like George Arliss, Otis Skinner and William Faversham. She was also under contract to the Theatre Guild for many years.

In later years, she taught drama to patients at a veterans administration hospital near her Brentwood home. She was married to the prolific silent film director George Loane Tucker who left her a widow in 1921. She later married actor Brandon Evans, who died in April, 1958.

Risdon died in December 1958 in St Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California from a cerebral haemorrhage. Her body was donated to medical science.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: March 19, 1945
Added: Aug 11 2012