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New York City, New York
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Oakland, New Jersey
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Hallelujah, I`m a Bum
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Madge Evans was an American film actress who began her career as a child performer and model. She possessed classical features and reddish-yellow hair.
Evans was featured in print ads as the `Fairy Soap girl` as an infant. She made her professional debut at the age of six months, posing for artist`s models. As a youth, her playmates included Robert Warwick, Holbrook Blinn, and Henry Hull. When she was four years old, Evans was featured in a series of child plays produced by William A. Brady. She worked at the old Long Island, New York movie studio. Her success was immediate, so much so that her mother loaned her daughter`s name to a hat company. Evans posed in a mother and child tableau with Anita Stewart, then 16, for an Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company calendar, and as the little mountain girl in Heidi of the Alps. At the age of 8 in 1917, Evans appeared in the Broadway production of Peter Ibbetson with John Barrymore, Constance Collier and Laura Hope Crews. She costarred with Richard Barthelmess in Classmates (1924). At 17, she returned to the stage and appeared as the ingenue (stock character) in Daisy Mayme. Some of her best work in plays came in productions of Dread, The Marquis, and The Conquering Male. Her last appearance was in Philip Goes Forth produced by George Kelley. Evans` mother took her to England and Europe when she was 15.
She was working on stage when she signed with Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 1927. As with theater, she continued to play ingenue parts, often as the fiancée of the leading man.
Working for MGM in the 1930s, she appeared in Dinner at Eight (1933), Broadway to Hollywood (1933), Hell Below (1933), and David Copperfield (1935). In 1933, she starred with James Cagney in a melodrama entitled The Mayor of Hell, playing a pretty nurse who solicits the aid of a tough politician, played by Cagney. Other notable movies in which she appeared are Beauty for Sale (1933), Grand Canary (1934), What Every Woman Knows (1934), and Pennies From Heaven (1936).
In 1939, she married playwright Sidney Kingsley. Kingsley is best known for his plays, Dead End and Detective Story, later turned into popular films. Following her marriage to Kinsley, Evans left Hollywood and moved to the New Jersey home.
Later, she worked in radio and television in New York City. Evans performed on the Philco Television Playhouse (1949-1950), Studio One (1954), Matinee Theater (1955), and The Alcoa Hour (1956). She refused repeated offers to return to Hollywood. She retired in 1971.
Madge Evans died at her home in Oakland, New Jersey of cancer in 1981.
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Madge Evans (July 1, 1909 – April 26, 1981) was an American stage and film actress. She began her career as a child performer and model.
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