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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 June 1930New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert J. Shapera
Nickname Bobby
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side (his father was a dentist with a thriving practice in Harlem), Evans began his show-business career as a teenage radio act or. After flopping in his first attempt at movie acting, he took a job promoting sales of ladies' slacks for Evan-Picone, the clothing company founded and run by his brother. Some years later, Norma Shearer spotted him hanging around the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel; she successfully touted him for the role of Irving Thalberg in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). In a New York nightclub, Evans also caught the eye of Darryl F. Zanuck, who cast him as a bullfighter in The Sun Also Rises (1957). By the end of the fifties, Evans writes, "I was sure of one thing: I was a half-assed actor." He determined to recast himself as a producer. Before launching his first picture, though, he was hired by Charles Bluhdorn, head of the Gulf + Western conglomerate, as part of a shakeup of Paramount Pictures.

Within months Evans was head of production. In the late 1960s and early '70s, he became the quintessential "new Hollywood" executive, with: slickly packaged productions like Rosemary's Baby (1968), Love Story (1970) and The Godfather (1972) revived Paramount. (The latter film and Chinatown (1974) are the artistic highlights of Evans' Paramount career, though the amount of credit he deserves for them has been debated for decades.) Eased out of Paramount, he saw The Cotton Club (1984) turn from a musical "Godfather" into a fiasco of front-page proportions. Evans righted his career with a new Paramount deal in the 1990s.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: David S. Smith

Spouse (7)

Lady Victoria White (6 August 2005 - present) (filed for divorce)
Leslie Ann Woodward (12 December 2002 - 22 July 2004) (divorced)
Catherine Oxenberg (12 July 1998 - 21 July 1998) (annulled)
Phyllis George (14 April 1977 - 22 July 1978) (divorced)
Ali MacGraw (24 October 1969 - 7 June 1973) (divorced) (1 child)
Camilla Sparv (5 September 1964 - 1967) (divorced)
Sharon Hugueny (28 May 1961 - 21 July 1962) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Often wears large, square-framed, tinted eyeglasses
Long hair

Trivia (28)

Had one sister, Alice.
Parents: Archie and Florence. Archie ran one of the first racially integrated dental clinics in the country.
His older brother, Charles Evans, started a women's clothing line, Evan-Picone, which was the source of much of Robert's money.
His autobiography, "The Kid Stays in the Picture", printed in 12 languages, and its film version premiered at Sundance Film Festival, Jan., 2002.
Was the basis for the Robert Vaughn character in Blake Edwards's S.O.B. (1981).
His 1998 marriage to Catherine Oxenberg lasted only ten days.
Was the inspiration for the Stanley Motss character played by Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog (1997). Hoffman emulated Evans' work habits, mannerisms, quirks, his clothing style, hairstyle, and wore large square-framed eyeglasses. After seeing the film, Evans reportedly said, "I'm magnificent in this film!".
One child, with Ali MacGraw, actor/director Josh Evans.
His luxurious Beverly Hills estate, "Woodland," once belonged to screen legend Greta Garbo
Celebrity attorney Robert Shapiro celebrated his 50th birthday at the estate.
Henry Kissinger played tennis with champ Jimmy Connors at Evans' estate, where Kissinger was a frequent VIP guest.
Attended Henry Kissinger's 50th birtday party at New York's Harmony Club in 1973
Was offered the role of Monroe Stahr in the biopic The Last Tycoon (1976) (inspired by Irving Thalberg) but declined. Coincidentally, Evans had earlier played Thalberg in his film debut.
Attended Super Bowl (I) with friend Clint Eastwood in 1967
Accompanied Raquel Welch to Super Bowl (X) at Miami's Orange Bowl where eleven cameras were simultaneously shooting live crowd and football scenes for his movie Black Sunday (1977)
Declined offers to produce then future blockbusters Airport (1970), The French Connection (1971), and Jaws (1975).
Apart from his ex-wives, has been romantically linked with such beauties as Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Margaux Hemingway, Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly Johnson, etc.
According to his book he was contacted by Sharon Tate and asked to be her houseguest on the evening she was killed, but he had to decline. She then invited Jay Sebring.
He has suffered three near-fatal strokes.
Is very close friends with next-door neighbor and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.
After shepherding such hits as Love Story (1970) and The Godfather (1972) to the screen, but not sharing in the profits, Evans--then Paramount Pictures production chief--inveigled Charlie Bluhdorn, the head of conglomerate Gulf+Western which owned Paramount, into allowing him to personally produce movies like the old-time moguls. Pleased that Evans had turned Paramount from a money-loser into the hottest studio in Hollywood, Bluhdorn allowed him to branch into production. Evans produced the classic neo-noir Chinatown (1974) in his first outing. The financial and critical success of that film effectively doomed Evans as production chief, as the other producers at Paramount resented his success and believed he would siphon off the best projects in the future. To forestall a rebellion, Evans had to step down as chief of production. Production designer extrarordinaire Richard Sylbert, an Oscar-winner who had received an Academy Award nomination for "Chinatown," was hand-picked by Evans as his successor. Evans was impressed by Sylbert's close relationships with such heavyweight talents as Warren Beatty, Mike Nichols and Roman Polanski. He was also impressed by Sylbert's grasp of visual storytelling. Sylbert took over as Paramount production chief when Evans stepped down in 1975. Evans' post-production chief career was disastrous, yielding only two unqualified hits, Marathon Man (1976), which he produced for Paramount in 1976, and Urban Cowboy (1980). Sylbert was eventually sacked by Paramount head Barry Diller in 1978 and went back to his successful production designing career, which yielded him a second Oscar. Evans went from debacle to debacle as his personal and professional life disintegrated. A masterful studio boss, he seemed incapable of making a success of the more picayune job of producer in a medium increasingly dominated by writer-directors and superstar actors.
His seventh wife, Lady Victoria White, filed for divorce on June 16, 2006 citing irreconcilable differences (June 21, 2006).
Two of his divorces were finalized on the date of July 21st. Another two were finalized on the date of July 22nd.
In May 2002, he was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA.
Was implicated but never charged in the murder of theatrical impresario Roy Radin, in the so-called "Cotton Club Murder." Evans, who was producing The Cotton Club (1984), had been in contact with Radin as a potential investor in the film.
Ex-father-in-law of Charis Michelsen.
Father-in-law of Roxy Saint.
He has one grandson, Jackson, born in 2010 to son Josh Evans and daughter-in-law Roxy Saint (a singer).

Personal Quotes (12)

When a director hires a producer, you're in deep shit. A director needs a boss, not a yes man.
Speaking to the ladies: If you're ever approached with the line, 'You ought to be in pictures, I'm a producer', tell the guy to f*ck off. He's a fraud, and the pictures he wants to put you in don't play in theaters.
"I was very, very seductive but in fact I was crazy. My brain was swollen still." - Evans describing himself proposing to Catherine Oxenberg while recovering from his stroke. The marriage was annulled after 12 days.
I didn't hang around with famous people...they hung around with me.
The producer is the most important element of a film. It's the producer who hires the director... The producer buys the property, he hires the writer, the director; he's involved in hiring all the actors, involved with production, costs, post-production and involved with marketing. He's on a film for four or five years and gets very little credit for it.
A love story could be for an evening, a week, a month, it could be forever. There is a big difference between like, love, in love and lust.
...I believe that rules are made to be broken but I believe that vows made between two people must be adhered to. And I got married two weeks ago, and my vows are what we're talking about now: the four Ls. My vows are very simple: like, love, in love and lust - if we are to make our union work, I vow to adhere to at least two of them everyday. One of them has to be like because like is very important. And if you can't, something's wrong.
I've always been a gambler; I've always taken risks. Anyone who says you will always win if you take a risk is a liar, because it's not a risk then.
It's not just what you pay the actors, everything goes up when you do it [in Hollywood], it just grows and grows. But the English artists I was working with cared more about what they were doing than how much they were paid to do it. It's not that way in America, I hate to say it but it's true.
When I went out to LA, I knew one thing: property is king. No one wanted me - there's nothing worse than a pretty boy actor who wants to be a producer, especially a lousy actor. And I bought a property called The Detective to get my foot in the door. So I went to 20th Century Fox and demanded a three-picture deal and got it. Without the property, they wouldn't have given me anything.
If I wrote the truth of what I know, the book would be 10,000 pages.
Success means never having to admit you're unhappy.

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