Evalyn Knapp

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Evalyn Knapp
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Born Evelyn Pauline Knapp
(1906-06-17)June 17, 1906
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died June 12, 1981(1981-06-12) (aged 74)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1929 –1943
Spouse(s) Dr. George A. Snyder (1934–1977; his death)

Evalyn Pauline Knapp (June 17, 1906 – June 12, 1981) was an American film actress of the late 1920s, 1930s, and into the 1940s. She was a leading B-movie serial actress in the 1930s.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1906, Knapp started acting in silent films, her first role being in the 1929 film, At The Dentist's. In 1932, Knapp was one of fourteen girls, including Ginger Rogers and Gloria Stuart, selected as "WAMPAS Baby Stars".

Knapp achieved success in cliffhanger serials, which were popular at the time. She played the title character in the 1933 serial The Perils of Pauline. She also played in Corruption that year opposite Preston Foster. One of her better known film roles was opposite Ken Maynard in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe. She worked through 1941, but her career slowed afterward. In 1943, she played her last role, uncredited, in Two Weeks To Live, one of the Lum and Abner films starring Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

Personal life[edit]

She married a physician, Dr. George A. Snyder, in 1934. Following her retirement, she concentrated on her family. She and Snyder remained married until his death in 1977. Knapp died from undisclosed causes on June 12, 1981, five days before her 75th birthday, in Los Angeles, California.

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knapp was born in 1906, not 1908, as has been misreported, according to the Social Security Death Index under the name Evelyn Snyder. Also a search of the 1930 United States census by name shows that Pauline Knapp, as she was then calling herself, was born "around 1907". As the census began on April 1, and Knapp's birthday was not until June, this also supports the 1906 birth year. However the Social Security Death Index info (above) is more dispositive of the matter.

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