Judith Evelyn (March 20, 1909 – May 7, 1967) was an American stage and film actress who appeared in as many as fifty films and television series. She was born Evelyn Morris in Seneca, South Dakota.
Evelyn appeared on Broadway in the following plays:
- The Shrike as "Ann Downs" (January 15, 1952 – May 31, 1952)
- Craig's Wife (February 12, 1947 – April 12, 1947) (revival)
- The Rich Full Life (November 9, 1945 – December 1, 1945)
- Angel Street as "Bella Manningham" (December 5, 1941 – December 30, 1944)
All of the four plays were made into films, but Evelyn did not appear in any of them. Angel Street became far more famous on film in the U.S. as the 1944 Gaslight, which starred Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. (It had been previously filmed in 1939 in England, with Diana Wynyard and Anton Walbrook, but that version was suppressed in the U.S. by MGM, which filmed the 1944 version.) Craig's Wife was filmed three times, first in 1928, then in 1936, starring Rosalind Russell. It was re-written and remade somewhat more successfully in 1950 as Harriet Craig, starring Joan Crawford. "The Rich Full Life" was made as "Cynthia" in 1947, with Elizabeth Taylor. "The Shrike" was filmed in the fifties, with June Allyson.
Evelyn also appeared in numerous films, probably most memorably as "Miss Lonelyhearts," the lonely alcoholic spied on by James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. In 1956, Evelyn played the role of Nancy Lynnton in George Stevens' Giant. She also had a brief but strong performance as Queen Mother Taia in Michael Curtiz's The Egyptian, and was featured with Vincent Price in The Tingler (1959).
The gravesite of Judith Evelyn
In the fall of 1958, Evelyn guest starred as Clara Keller, a lonely widow who falls prey to communist agents in the episode "Man in the Moon" of Bruce Gordon's short-lived Cold War docudrama, Behind Closed Doors.
On September 3, 1939, together with her fiancé, Canadian radio producer Andrew Allan, Evelyn survived the sinking of the Anchor-Donaldson liner SS Athenia. The Athenia was the first British passenger liner to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II.
Evelyn died from cancer, in New York City, on May 7, 1967. She was 58 years old. She was interred at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.