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Memorable Manitobans: Evelyn Morris [Judith Evelyn] (1909-1967)

Actor.

Born Evelyn Allen at Seneca, South Dakota on 20 March 1909, daughter of Charles Allen and Pearl Scott, her childhood was spent at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where she acquired the surname Morris from her stepfather Frank Morris. She came to Winnipeg in her teens, attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and earned BA (1931) and MA (1932) degrees in German and English at the University of Manitoba. She then went to Toronto to begin an acting career. She was successful on Broadway, Hollywood, and television under the stage name “Judith Evelyn.” She is best remembered as “Miss Lonelyhearts” in the 1954 film Rear Window. She died of cancer at New York City on 7 May 1967 and was buried in the Kensico Cemetery in Westchester County, New York.

Sources:

“Actress Evelyn dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1967, page 1.

“Judith Evelyn,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1967, page 37.

We thank Dr. Paula Sperdakos for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 March 2019

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