Monica Evans

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Monica Evans
Art Carney Felix Ungar The Odd Couple Broadway 1965.JPG
Evans (centre) as Cecily Pigeon with Art Carney and Carole Shelley (right) in The Odd Couple, 1965.
Born (1940-06-07) June 7, 1940 (age 77)
Camberwell, London, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960-1973
Spouse(s) Leo Maguire (divorced)
Dave Cash (1973- 2010)

Monica Evans (born June 7, 1940) is an English actress known for her portrayal of Cecily Pigeon in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. She was in the original Broadway cast for its entire run, then appeared in the film version in 1968, and finally appeared in some episodes of the first season of the television series based on the play, all in the same role, alongside Carole Shelley as her sister Gwendolyn Pigeon. She also provided voices for the Disney animated films The Aristocats, as Abigail Gabble (the Goose) (alongside Shelley as Amelia Gabble) and Robin Hood (1973) as Maid Marian (again alongside Shelley as her handmaiden, Lady Cluck).

Evans trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the 1950s and was the stand-in for Joan Plowright in Rhinoceros. She took over the role from Plowright when Plowright's's relationship with Laurence Olivier became public. She was also one of the stars in a magazine soap opera called Compact and starred in The Severed Head in the West End. Evans was the maid of honor at Carole's wedding in 1967.[citation needed]

She lived in the United States for several years. After her return to the UK she married BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Cash. Her brother-in-law is Charles Hayward, the drummer of This Heat.[citation needed]

TV and filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1960 Make Mine Mink 2nd Shop Assistant uncredited
1961 You Can't Win Iris TV series
The Escape of R.D.7 David's Secretary TV series
1962-1963 Compact Sally Henderson / Harmon TV series
1964 No Hiding Place Elaine Holmes TV series
1965 Be My Guest Dyllis
1968 The Odd Couple Cecily
1970-1971 The Odd Couple Cecily TV series
1970 Here Come the Brides Renee TV series
The Aristocats Abigail voice
1973 Robin Hood Maid Marian the Vixen voice, (final film role)

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