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Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth)

(1888-1976), Actress

Sitter in 31 portraits
Evans's career as an actor spanned almost seventy years and over 150 characters. She achieved widespread fame for her stage performances in the 1920s, and was particularly noted for her interpretation of the plays of Shakespeare. She also originated several roles for the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Her most famous film role is that of Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1952), which she had played numerous times on stage. During the 1960s, she was nominated for three Academy Awards.

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Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth), by Lord Snowdon - NPG P806

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth)

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 27 February 1976
NPG P806

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth), by Sasha (Alexander Stewart) - NPG x137529

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth)

by Sasha (Alexander Stewart)
bromide print, September 1929
NPG x137529

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth), by Howard Coster - NPG x14528

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth)

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14528

The cast of 'As You Like It', by Madame Yevonde - NPG x11654

The cast of 'As You Like It'

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print on card mount, 1936-1937
NPG x11654

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth), by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14069

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth)

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1950s
NPG x14069

'The Dark is Light Enough', by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30078

'The Dark is Light Enough'

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1954
NPG x30078

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth), by Sandra Lousada - NPG x135443

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth)

by Sandra Lousada
archival pigment print, 1962
NPG x135443

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