Dame Edith Evans

Dame Edith Mary Evans, DBE (8 February 1888 - 14 October 1976) is an English actress. She was best known for her work on the stage, but also appeared in films towards the beginning and end of her career. Between 1964 and 1968, she was nominated for three Academy Awards. Evans's stage career spanned sixty years during which she played more than 100 roles, in classics by Shakespeare, Congreve, Goldsmith, Sheridan and Wilde, and plays by contemporary writers including Bernard Shaw, Enid Bagnold, Christopher Fry and Noël Coward. She created roles in two of Shaw's plays: Orinthia in The Apple Cart (1929), and Epifania in The Millionairess (1940) and was in the British premieres of two others: Heartbreak House (1921) and Back to Methuselah (1923). Evans became widely known for portraying haughty aristocratic women, as in two of her most famous roles: Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Bein... More

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Dame Edith Evans Quotes

Dame Edith Evans #Beauty

What I want to give in the theatre is beauty, that's what I want to give.
Dame Edith Evans #Courage

I know that if I'd had to go and take an exam for acting, I wouldn't have got anywhere. You don't take exams for acting, you take your courage.