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Edith Evans (I) (1888–1976)

Edith Evans was the greatest actress on the English stage in the 20th century, treading the boards for over half-a-century. She made her professional stage debut in 1912 and excelled in both classic and modern roles in the West End of London and on Broadway, as well as the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Old Vic. She ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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The Whisperers
The Whisperers Mrs. Ross
The Chalk Garden
The Chalk Garden Mrs. St. Maugham
Tom Jones
Tom Jones Miss Western
The Nun's Story
The Nun's Story Rev. Mother Emmanuel (Belgium)


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 1977 Nasty Habits
 1974 Craze
Aunt Louise Nash
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Parmentier
- Part Three (1974) ... Dr. Parmentier
 1973 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Dame Maud Gosport
- Harlequinade (1973) ... Dame Maud Gosport
 1973/I A Doll's House
Anne-Marie (as Dame Edith Evans)
 1970 Upon This Rock (TV Movie)
Queen Christina (voice)
 1970 Scrooge
Ghost of Christmas Past
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Aunt Betsey
 1969 Red Peppers (TV Movie)
Mabel Grace
 1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot
 1969 Sophie's Place
Lady Sophie Fitzmore
 1968 Prudence and the Pill
Lady Roberta Bates
 1968 The Gambler (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1968) ... Grandmamma
- Episode #1.1 (1968) ... Grandmamma
 1967 Fitzwilly
Miss Victoria Woodworth
 1967 The Whisperers
Mrs. Ross
 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #1.8 (1967) ... (as Dame Edith Evans)
 1966 Preview Tonight (TV Series)
Iris Milbanks
- Pursue and Destroy (1966) ... Iris Milbanks (as Dame Edith Evans)
 1965 Young Cassidy
Lady Gregory
 1964 The Chalk Garden
Mrs. St. Maugham
 1963 Tom Jones
Miss Western
 1961/II Time Remembered (TV Movie)
The Duchess of Pont-au-Bronc
 1961/I Time Remembered (TV Movie)
Duchess of Pont-au-Bronc
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Judith Bliss
- Hay Fever (1960) ... Judith Bliss
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Lady Bracknell
- The Importance of Being Earnest (1960) ... Lady Bracknell
 1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Helen Lancaster
- Waters of the Moon (1959) ... Helen Lancaster
 1959 The Nun's Story
Rev. Mother Emmanuel (Belgium) (as Dame Edith Evans)
 1959 Look Back in Anger
Mrs. Tanner
 1958 Television World Theatre (TV Series)
Countess Rosmarin Ostenburgh
- The Dark Is Light Enough (1958) ... Countess Rosmarin Ostenburgh
 1955-1956 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs.Agatha Payne / Mrs. Smith
- The Old Ladies (1956) ... Mrs.Agatha Payne
- A Question of Fact (1955) ... Mrs. Smith
 1955 ITV Opening Night at the Guildhall (TV Movie)
Lady Bracknell
 1952 The Importance of Being Earnest
Lady Bracknell
 1949 Women of Dolwyn
 1949 The Queen of Spades
The Old Countess Ranevskaya
 1949 The Importance of Being Earnest (TV Movie)
Lady Bracknell
 1947 The Old Ladies (TV Movie)
Agatha Payne
 1916 East Is East
 1915 A Welsh Singer
Mrs. Pomfrey
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(4/23/37) Stage: Appeared in the Shakespeare Birthday Festival at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Alec Clunes, Rachel Kempson, Basil Coleman, Henry Baynton, Morland Graham, Jill Esmond, Irene Vanbrugh, Violet Vanbrugh, Gyles Isham, Stephen Murray, George Hayes, Laurence Baskcomb, Malcolm Keen, Leo Genn, Stuart Burge... See more »

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Dame Edith Evans


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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There are too many actors today. They don't speak clearly and they won't take advice. I can't stand old bores who go around talking abut 'when I was young' but I do know there's no discipline today. Kids are snapped up for television and films as soon as they learn to stand up straight. They have no training and many of them go to psychiatrists! I've never heard of anything more ridiculous. No ... See more »


She did not make her first talking picture until she was sixty-one. See more »

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