Arthur St. Claire
|Arthur St. Claire|
Arthur St. Claire, early 1920s
|Born||Arthur Frederic Evens
20 July 1899
New York City
|Died||18 October 1950
Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||Helen Daniels, 1927
Iris Ashton Badger, 1928-
Arthur Frederic St. Claire Evens was the only child of Edward and Louise Evens. On the 1920 US census Edward Evens listed his occupation as investigator for the US Government. Arthur Evens served in the US Army overseas during World War I, Jan 1918 - March 1919.
Arthur Evens was in the headlines, June 1927, when his wife of 3 months, Helen St. Claire, an actress, age 22, died in her bathroom, 2235 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, after a marital spat by swallowing a bottle of antiseptic lotion. Arthur told the police of a lovers’ quarrel and declared that their lives had been unhappy due to parental enmity (in particular, on the part of the wife’s father, Albert T. Daniels). Helen was buried in New York. In February 1928, Helen's parents supplied new information to police about Helen's death, but in April, a coroner's jury ruled that Helen ended her own life. Arthur thereupon married Iris Ashton Badger, a 29-year-old actress with whom he had been living for months. At the same time, he was convicted of vagrancy and sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Arthur Evens, who used the name Arthur St. Claire, wrote scenarios in Hollywood from the 1920s until the late 1940s. He recycled some of the events of his wife's suicide in fictional form in his screenplay, Delinquent Daughters (1944), the story of how a town is shocked when a high school girl commits suicide.
- HOLLYWOOD FILM BRIDE KILLS SELF. Wife of Scenario Writer Said to Have Taken Drug After Family Quarrel. LA Times. Jun 7, 1927 A9
- ACTRESS' DEATH CALLED SUICIDE. Scenario Writer-Husband Chief Witness Tells of Love Quarrel Over Going to Show, Declared Life Unhappy Due to Parental Enmity. LA Times. Jun 10, 1927 A5
- Evans (sic) Married and Arraigned. LA Times. April 20, 1928
- Tardy wedding holds husband. LA Times. April 26, 1928
- EVANS (sic) GETS SIXTY DAYS AS VAGRANT. LA Times. April 28, 1928
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