Evelyn Ankers pin-up from Yank, the Army Weekly, July 1945
Evelyn Felisa Ankers|
August 17, 1918
August 29, 1985 (aged 67)|
Maui, Hawaii, U.S.
|Cause of death||Ovarian cancer|
|Resting place||Maui Veterans Cemetery, Makawao, Hawaii|
(m. 1942; her death 1985)
Evelyn Felisa Ankers (August 17, 1918 – August 29, 1985) was an American actress who often played variations on the role of the cultured young leading lady in many American horror films during the 1940s, most notably The Wolf Man (1941) opposite Lon Chaney, Jr., a frequent screen partner.
Ankers was born to English parents:53 in Valparaiso, Chile. She was educated at The Latymer School, the Golophyn School, the Tacchomo School of Music and Dramatic Art, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.:54
Ankers' stage debut came in Colombia at age 10 when she had the title role in The Daughter of Dolores. On Broadway, she had the role of Lucy Gilham in Ladies in Retirement (1940). In London, she acted in Bats in the Belfry.:54
Known as "the Queen of the Bs", films included, The Wolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), Captive Wild Woman (1943), Son of Dracula (1943), The Mad Ghoul (1943), Jungle Woman (1944), Weird Woman (1944), The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944), and The Frozen Ghost (1945). She appeared in Hold That Ghost (1941), Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), His Butler's Sister (1943), The Pearl of Death (1944), Pardon My Rhythm (1944), Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949), and played Calamity Jane in The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950), one of many movies for which she received top billing. Frequent screen partner was Lon Chaney Jr. with whom she had little chemistry behind the scenes.
Ankers made over fifty films between 1936 and 1950, then retired from movies at the age of 32 to be a housewife. She occasionally played television roles, such as that of saloon owner Robbie James in the 1958 episode "Gambler" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Cheyenne, with Clint Walker in the title role.
Ankers became an American citizen in August 1946.:71
- Land Without Music (1936)
- Rembrandt (1936)
- Wings of the Morning (1937)
- Fire Over England (1937)
- Knight Without Armour (1937)
- The Villiers Diamond (1938)
- Second Thoughts (1938)
- Murder in the Family (1938)
- Coming of Age (1938)
- The Claydon Treasure Mystery (1938)
- Burma Convoy (1941)
- The Wolf Man (1941) with Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi
- Hold That Ghost (1941) with Abbott and Costello
- North to the Klondike (1942) with Broderick Crawford and Lon Chaney, Jr.
- The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) with Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi
- Eagle Squadron (1942) with Robert Stack and Diana Barrymore
- Pierre of the Plains (1942)
- Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) with Basil Rathbone
- The Great Impersonation (1942)
- His Butler's Sister (1943) directed by Frank Borzage
- The Mad Ghoul (1943) with Robert Armstrong
- Son of Dracula (1943) with Lon Chaney, Jr.
- Captive Wild Woman (1943)
- Jungle Woman (1944)
- Weird Woman (1944)
- The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944) with John Carradine
- Ladies Courageous (1944) with Loretta Young and Diana Barrymore
- The Pearl of Death (1944) with Basil Rathbone and Rondo Hatton
- Bowery to Broadway (1944)
- The Frozen Ghost (1945) with Lon Chaney, Jr.
- The Fatal Witness (1945)
- The French Key (1945)
- Queen of Burlesque (1946)
- Black Beauty (1946) with Richard Denning
- Flight to Nowhere (1946)
- Spoilers of the North (1947)
- Last of the Redskins (1947)
- The Lone Wolf in London (1947) with Gerald Mohr and Eric Blore
- Parole, Inc. (1948) with Michael O'Shea and Turhan Bey
- Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) with Lex Barker
- The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950)
- No Greater Love (1960) with Richard Denning
- Mank, Gregory William (2005). Women in Horror Films, 1940s. McFarland. p. 53. ISBN 9780786423354. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
- Evelyn Ankers obituary, nytimes.com, August 31, 1985; accessed June 20, 2016.
- "Evelyn Ankers". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 4 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
- Actress Evelyn Ankers, 67, Former `Queen` Of B Movies, 31 August 1985, Chicago Tribune; retrieved August 16, 2016.
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