Edith Evans (February 8, 1888 – October 14, 1976)
Edith Mary Evans was born in London, England. She was a stage and screen actress known for her roles in Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward plays. She made her professional debut in 1912 in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. She favored interesting and/or difficult roles to play, turning down many a lead role to play the often “juicier” minor roles. In 1925 she joined the Old Vic theatre company and where she stayed for many years. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1946. Her stage career spanned 60 years. She was nominated for three Academy Awards between the years 1964 and 1968. She died in 1976 at her home in Kent, England at the age of 88. Evans received honorary degrees from the universities of London (1950), Cambridge (1951), Oxford (1954) and Hull (1968). A blue plaque was unveiled at her house at 109 Ebury Street, London, in 1997.