Evelyn Keyes


Actor
Evelyn Keyes

About

Birth Place
Port Arthur, Texas
Born
November 20, 1919
Died
July 04, 2008

Biography

An attractive former chorine, Evelyn Keyes entered films in the late 1930s under contract to Cecil B DeMille. She debuted in the director's swashbuckling "The Buccaneer" (1938) and followed with DeMille's "Union Pacific" (1939). For many film buffs, she is best remembered as Scarlett's younger sister Suellen O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind" (also 1939). Keyes went on to distinguish such ef...

Photos & Videos

Here Comes Mr. Jordan - Movie Poster
Mr. Soft Touch - Movie Posters
Johnny O'Clock - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Barton Leon Bainbridge
Husband
Businessman. Committed suicide in 1940 shortly after he and Keyes separated.
Charles Vidor
Husband
Director. Born in 1900; married in 1943; divorced in 1945; died in 1959.
John Huston
Husband
Director, actor. Married in 1946; divorced in 1950; died in 1987.
Mike Todd
Companion
Producer. Together 1953-56.

Bibliography

"I'll Think About That Tomorrow"
Evelyn Keyes, Dutton (1991)
"Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister"
Evelyn Keyes, Lyle Stuart (1977)
"I Am a Billboard"
Evelyn Keyes, Lyle Stuart (1971)

Biography

An attractive former chorine, Evelyn Keyes entered films in the late 1930s under contract to Cecil B DeMille. She debuted in the director's swashbuckling "The Buccaneer" (1938) and followed with DeMille's "Union Pacific" (1939). For many film buffs, she is best remembered as Scarlett's younger sister Suellen O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind" (also 1939). Keyes went on to distinguish such efforts as the farcical "The Lady in Question" (1940, directed by her second husband Charles Vidor) and was especially fine as the young woman who becomes involved with the re-incarnated Robert Montgomery in the charming fantasy "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941). After playing an innocent in Vidor's "The Desperadoes" (1943), she portrayed an impish genie in "A Thousand and One Nights" (1945) before reaching her peak as the lead of the immensely popular biopic "The Jolson Story" (1946). (Although based on her, Keyes' character was not named Ruby Keeler, then the ex-Mrs. Al Jolson). She continued to appear in a number of mostly forgotten films, often delivering performances better than the material. Keyes was fine as David Niven's niece in the romance "Enchantment" (1948) and was particularly effective as Van Heflin's married lover in Joseph Losey's fine thriller "The Prowler" (1951). She proved to be an effective foil for Tom Ewell in "The Seven Year Itch" (1955), although most viewers only recall Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate. After an appearance in the all-star, Oscar-winning "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956), Keyes retired from Hollywood.

After fifteen years, the actress re-emerged as a writer with the novel "I Am a Billboard" in 1971 before making a one-shot return to films with an uncredited cameo in "Across 110th Street" (1972). She published a spicy memoir "Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister" in 1977 which detailed her many romantic entanglements and her relationships with her husbands Charles Vidor, John Huston and Artie Shaw. Ten years later, Keyes was seen in a featured role in the horror sequel "A Return to Salem's Lot" (1987) and delivered her last big screen performance playing a witch in "Wicked Stepmother" (1989).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Wicked Stepmother (1989)
John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick (1988)
Herself
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Herself
The Making Of A Legend: Gone With The Wind (1988)
A Return To Salem's Lot (1987)
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1984)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Tart, Paris
Top of the World (1955)
Virgie Gannon Rayne
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Helen Sherman
Hell's Half Acre (1954)
Dona Williams
99 River Street (1953)
Linda James
Shoot First (1953)
Cecily [Taine]
One Big Affair (1952)
Jean Harper
Iron Man (1951)
Rose Mason
Smuggler's Island (1951)
Vivian Craig
The Prowler (1951)
Susan Gilvray
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)
Sheila Bennet
Jolson Sings Again (1950)
Julie Benson
Mr. Soft Touch (1949)
Jenny Jones
Mrs. Mike (1949)
Kathy O'Fallon Flannigan
Enchantment (1949)
Grizel Dane
The Mating of Millie (1948)
Millie McGonigle
Johnny O'Clock (1947)
Nancy Hobson
The Jolson Story (1947)
Julie Benson
The Thrill of Brazil (1946)
Vicki Dean
Renegades (1946)
Hannah Brockway
A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
The Genie
Strange Affair (1944)
Jacqueline "Jack" Harrison
Nine Girls (1944)
Mary O'Ryan
There's Something About a Soldier (1943)
Carol Harkness
Dangerous Blondes (1943)
Jane Craig
The Desperadoes (1943)
Allison McLeod
Flight Lieutenant (1942)
Susie Thompson
The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942)
Ruth Morley
The Face Behind the Mask (1941)
Helen Williams
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Bette Logan
Ladies in Retirement (1941)
Lucy
The Lady in Question (1940)
François Morestan
Before I Hang (1940)
Martha Garth
Beyond the Sacramento (1940)
Lynn Perry
Slightly Honorable (1939)
Miss Vlissiger
Sudden Money (1939)
Mary Patterson
Union Pacific (1939)
Mrs. Calvin
Paris Honeymoon (1939)
Village girl
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Suellen [O'Hara]
Sons of the Legion (1938)
Linda Lee
The Buccaneer (1938)
Madeleine
Men with Wings (1938)
Nurse
Artists and Models Abroad (1938)
Girl

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Other
John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick (1988)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Hustons: Hollywood's Maverick Dynasty (1998)
Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream (1991)

Life Events

1938

Feature film debut, "The Bucaneer"

1939

Cast as Suellen O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind"

1941

Co-starred in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"

1946

Had female lead in "The Jolson Story", opposite Larry Parks; played Julie Benson, a character based on Ruby Keeler

1955

Appeared as wife of Tom Ewell in Billy Wilder's film version of the Broadway comedy "The Seven Year Itch"

1956

Last film for 16 years, "Around the World in 80 Days"

1971

Published first novel, "I Am a Billboard"

1972

Made uncredited cameo appearance in "Across 110th Street"

1977

Wrote and published her memoirs "Scarlett O'Hara's Little Sister"

1987

Returned to films in a featured role in "A Return to Salem's Lot" after 17 years

1989

Final feature appearance in "Wicked Stepmother"

1991

Published second memoir "I'll Think About That Tomorrow"

Photo Collections

Here Comes Mr. Jordan - Movie Poster
Here is an original release movie poster from Columbia Pictures' Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), starring Robert Montgomery. This is an Insert poster, measuring 14 x 36 inches.
Mr. Soft Touch - Movie Posters
Mr. Soft Touch - Movie Posters
Johnny O'Clock - Movie Posters
Johnny O'Clock - Movie Posters
Mr. Soft Touch - Lobby Cards
Mr. Soft Touch - Lobby Cards
Johnny O'Clock - Lobby Card Set
Johnny O'Clock - Lobby Card Set
Johnny O'Clock - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Johnny O'Clock - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Prowler - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Joseph Losey's The Prowler (1951), starring Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Killer That Stalked New York - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Columbia Pictures' The Killer That Stalked New York (1950), starring Evelyn Keyes. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Ladies in Retirement - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Columbia Pictures' Ladies in Retirement (1941), starring Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, and Evelyn Keyes. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Flight Lieutenant - Movie Poster
Here is a half-sheet movie poster for Flight Lieutenant (1942), starring Pat O'Brien. Half sheets measured 22 x 28 inches.

Videos

Movie Clip

Lady In Question, The (1940) - This Is An Unusual Case Bouncy opening from director Charles Vidor, in the Columbia remake of the French director Marc Allegret’s comedy Griboulle (1937), introducing Glenn Ford as handsome amateur Paris astronomer Pierre, Evelyn Keyes his sister, Irene Rich his mother, George Davis a customer and top-billed Brian Aherne his father, in The Lady In Question, 1940, also starring Rita Hayworth.
Lady In Question, The (1940) - He Threatened To Kill Me We know little about this case except that Brian Aherne, as Paris shop owner Morestan, is a very enthusiastic alternate juror, as Rita Hayworth appears as accused murderess Natalie, and Frank Reicher as the inquiring president of the court, in Columbia’s The Lady In Question, 1940, directed by Charles Vidor, also starring Glenn Ford.
99 River Street (1953) - -- Nothing But Television Ex-fighter New York cabbie Eddie (John Payne) with buddy Stan (Frank Faylen) discussing marriage, when actress pal Linda (Evelyn Keyes) arrives, early in Phil Karlson's 99 River Street, 1953.
99 River Street (1953) - I Killed A Man Big plot event as struggling actress Linda (Evelyn Keyes) asks Chuck the counter man (Gene Reynolds) where she can find our hero, ex-fighter turned cabbie Ernie (John Payne), who’s keeping cool after running into his wife on the town with another guy, because she had a problem at her audition, in Phil Karlson’s 99 River Street, 1953.
Thousand And One Nights, A (1945) - I Can't Believe My Eyes Highly decorative Columbia stars, Adele Jergens as princess Armina, attended by the model and WWII pin-up Ruth “Dusty” Anderson as Novira, (who would soon retire from pictures and become Mrs. Jean Negulesco), pursued by Cornel Wilde as Alladin, with another song (vocal by Tom Clark) by Saul Chaplin and Eddie de Lange, in A Thousand And One Nights, 1945.
Thousand And One Nights, A (1945) - Is There Anything You Want? At last the introduction of sassy genie Babs (Evelyn Keyes, who shared top billing), well into the fourth reel, as Alladin (Cornel Wilde) and Abdullah (Phil Silvers) are stuck in a cave, left only with the lamp they fear is not magical, with more modern-day comic posturing, in Columbia’s big-budget A Thousand And One Nights, 1945.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - Not Even In Heaven Heavenly Claude Rains (title character) and fighter Joe (Robert Montgomery), who was cremated while wrongly presumed dead, consider the body of millionaire Farnsworth, about to be murdered by his wife and secretary (Rita Johnson, John Emery), not anticipating Miss Logan (Evelyn Keyes), in Here Comes Mr Jordan, 1941.
Mating Of Millie, The (1948) - Her Own Deep Freeze At a Los Angeles department store, Cookie, Miss Turner and Madge (Patsy Creighton, Gay Nelson, Virginia Hunter) report to Evelyn Keyes, the title character and a personnel manager, whom we meet as she imparts a single career-woman’s wisdom, in The Mating Of Millie, 1948, co-starring Glenn Ford.
Seven Year Itch, The (1955) - I Could Have His first night in his Manhattan apartment, with the wife and child away for the summer, Richard (Tom Ewell) imagines her (Evelyn Keyes) and his secretary (Marguerite Chapman), in The Seven Year Itch, 1955, directed by Billy Wilder from George Axelrod's play and screenplay, co-starring Marilyn Monroe.
Face Behind The Mask, The (1941) - Why Don't You Look Where You're Going? Distraught after learning that plastic surgery is impossible, disfigured immigrant turned master criminal Szabo (Peter Lorre, pretending to be wearing an excellent Peter Lorre mask) meets blind Helen (Evelyn Keyes), who doesn’t care how he looks, in The Face Behind The Mask, 1941.
Mating Of Millie, The (1948) - A State Of Supreme Indifference Los Angeles bus driver Doug (Glenn Ford), who we know is fed up with his job, throws a tantrum and quits, somehow impressing Evelyn Keyes (title character), a lonely department store personnel manager bringing home her half-eaten birthday cake, in The Mating Of Millie, 1948.
johnny O'Clock (1947) - Hard As Nalis New York cop Koch (Lee J. Cobb) travels to Harrisburg to introduce himself to Nancy (Evelyn Keyes, her first scene), the sister of the latest victim in his murder investigation, in Robert Rossen's Johnny O'Clock, 1947, starring Dick Powell.

Trailer

Family

Pablo Aberan Huston
Son
Mexican-born; adopted with John Huston in 1948.

Companions

Barton Leon Bainbridge
Husband
Businessman. Committed suicide in 1940 shortly after he and Keyes separated.
Charles Vidor
Husband
Director. Born in 1900; married in 1943; divorced in 1945; died in 1959.
John Huston
Husband
Director, actor. Married in 1946; divorced in 1950; died in 1987.
Mike Todd
Companion
Producer. Together 1953-56.
Artie Shaw
Husband
Bandleader. Married 1957; divorced in the early 1980s.

Bibliography

"I'll Think About That Tomorrow"
Evelyn Keyes, Dutton (1991)
"Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister"
Evelyn Keyes, Lyle Stuart (1977)
"I Am a Billboard"
Evelyn Keyes, Lyle Stuart (1971)