Evelyn Keyes

Evelyn Keyes

Highest Rated: 100% 99 River Street (1953)

Lowest Rated: 33% Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Birthday: Nov 20, 1916

Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, USA

Ex-nightclub chorine Evelyn Keyes was 18 when she was put under contract by Hollywood producer/director Cecil B. DeMille. Keyes played passive roles in DeMille's The Buccaneer (1938) and Union Pacific (1939) and a handful of Paramount "B"s. Her best opportunity came from outside the DeMille fold, when she was cast as the eternally jilted Suellen O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939). In 1940, she signed with Columbia, where she was featured in a handful of interesting "B"s like Boris Karlof's Before I Hang (1940) and Peter Lorre's Face Behind the Mask (1941, in which Keyes was terrific in a brief role as a blind girl). She was promoted to "A" leads with Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), and with 1947's Mating of Millie she finally got a film vehicle all her own. She also played the Ruby Keeler counterpart (named Julie Benson) in Columbia's The Jolson Story (1946). Like many 1940s leading ladies, Keyes found the going rough in the 1950s, save for a few worthwhile (if fleeting) parts such as Tom Ewell's vacationing wife in The Seven Year Itch (1955). She retired in 1956, making an unexpected return before the cameras in a brace of late-1980s Gothic melodramas. In sum total, Keyes' screen career was dwarfed by her colorful private life. Her four husbands included directors Charles Vidor and John Huston, and bandleader Artie Shaw. In 1971 she turned to writing. Her first book was a novel, I Am as Billboard; she followed this with two very candid autobiographies, Scarlet O'Hara's Younger Sister (1977) and I'll Think About That Tomorrow (1991). Keyes died in July 2008 of uterine cancer


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Face Behind the Mask Helen Williams 2003
No Score Yet Wicked Stepmother Witch Mistriss 1989
No Score Yet John Huston - The Man, the Movies, the Maverick Actor 1989
No Score Yet A Return to Salem's Lot Mrs. Axel 1987
70% Around the World in 80 Days Flirt 1956
87% The Seven Year Itch Helen Sherman 1955
No Score Yet Hell's Half Acre Donna Williams 1954
No Score Yet Shoot First Cecily Paine 1953
100% 99 River Street Linda James 1953
No Score Yet Rough Shoot Actor 1953
100% The Prowler (Cost of Living ) Susan Gilvray 1951
No Score Yet The Killer That Stalked New York Sheila Bennet 1950
No Score Yet Mr. Soft Touch Jenny Jones 1949
No Score Yet Enchantment Grizel Dane 1948
No Score Yet The Mating of Millie Millie McGonigle 1948
33% Johnny O'Clock Nancy Hobson 1947
No Score Yet The Jolson Story Julie Benson 1946
No Score Yet The Thrill Of Brazil Actor 1946
No Score Yet A Thousand and One Nights The Genie 1945
No Score Yet There's Something About a Soldier Carol Harkness 1943
No Score Yet Dangerous Blondes Jane Craig 1943
No Score Yet The Desperadoes Allison McLeod 1943
No Score Yet Ladies in Retirement Lucy 1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan Bette Logan 1941
No Score Yet Before I Hang Martha Garth 1940
No Score Yet Lady in Question Francoise Morestan 1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable Miss Vlissenger 1940
91% Gone With the Wind Suellen 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Mrs. Calvin 1939
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Madeleine 1938
No Score Yet Artists and Models Abroad Girl 1938
No Score Yet Men with Wings Nurse 1938


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Edna Wanda Polaski Sister Emily 1993


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