Judith Evelyn in Rear Window (1954)
March 20, 1909
Seneca, South Dakota, U.S.
|Died||May 7, 1967
New York City, New York, U.S.
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. She did appear in other 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).
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, she and her fiancé, Canadian radio producer Andrew Allan, 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.