Evelyn Keyes

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Evelyn Keyes
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Evelyn Keyes in 99 River Street (1953)
Birth name Evelyn Louise Keyes
Born Nov 20, 1916
Port Arthur, Texas, USA Flag of USA.png
Years active 1938 - 1989
Spouse(s) Barton Bainbridge (1938-1940)
Charles Vidor (1943-1945)
John Huston (1946-1950)
Artie Shaw (1957-1985)

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Evelyn Keyes (b. November 20, 1916, Port Arthur, Texas) is an American actress.

Film career

A chorus girl by age 18, Keyes was put under contract by Cecil B. DeMille. After a handful of B movies at Paramount Pictures, she landed her most notable role, that of Scarlett O'Hara's sister Suellen in Gone with the Wind (1939). Keyes' last important film role was a small part as Tom Ewell's vacationing wife in The Seven Year Itch (1955), which starred Marilyn Monroe. Keyes officially retired in 1956, but continued to act.

Personal life

She was married to Barton Bainbridge from 1938 until his death in 1940. Later she married and divorced director Charles Vidor (1943 - 1945), actor John Huston (23 July 1946 - 1950), and bandleader Artie Shaw (1957 - 1985). In 2005, Keyes sued Shaw's estate, claiming that she was entitled to one-half of Shaw's estate pursuant to a contract to make a will between them. In July 2006, a Ventura, California jury unanimously held that Keyes was entitled to almost one-half of Shaw's estate, or $1,420,000.

Keyes said of her many relationships, "I was always interested in the man of the moment, and there were many such moments". While married to Huston, the couple adopted a Mexican child, Pablo, whom Huston had discovered while on the set of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Her autobiography, Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister: My Lively Life in and Out of Hollywood, was published in 1977. Keyes has expressed her opinion that Mrs. Mike was her best film.

She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Pin-up Gallery



  • Wicked Stepmother (1989) as Witch Instructor
  • A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) as Mrs. Axel
  • Across 110th Street (1972) Cameo
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) as The Flirt
  • Top of the World (1955) as Virgie Rayne (Mrs. Gannon)
  • The Seven Year Itch (1955) as Helen Sherman
  • Hell's Half Acre (1954) as Donna Williams
  • 99 River Street (1953)
...aka Crosstown as Linda James
  • Rough Shoot (1953)
...aka Shoot First (USA) as Cecily Paine
  • C'est arrivé à Paris (1953)
...aka It Happened in Paris (USA) as Patricia Moran
  • One Big Affair (1952) as Jean Harper
  • Iron Man (1951) as Rose Warren
  • The Prowler (1951) as Susan Gilvray
  • Smuggler's Island (1951) as Vivian Craig
  • The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)
...aka Frightened City (UK) (USA: copyright title) as Sheila Bennet
  • Mrs. Mike (1949) as Kathy Flannigan
  • Mr. Soft Touch (1949)
...aka House of Settlement (UK) as Jenny Jones
  • Enchantment (1948) as Grizel Dane
  • The Mating of Millie (1948) as Millie McGonigle
  • Johnny O'Clock (1947) as Nancy Hobson
  • The Jolson Story (1946) as Julie Benson
  • The Thrill of Brazil (1946) as Vicki Dean
  • Renegades (1946) as Hannah Brockway
  • A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
...aka 1001 Nights as The Genie
  • Strange Affair (1944) as Jacqueline Harrison
  • Nine Girls (1944) as Mary O'Ryan
  • There's Something About a Soldier (1943) as Carol Harkness
  • Dangerous Blondes (1943) as Jane Craig
  • The Desperadoes (1943) as Allison McLeod
  • Flight Lieutenant (1942) as Susie Thompson
  • The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942)
...aka High Seas (USA: reissue title) as Ruth Morley
  • Ladies in Retirement (1941) as Lucy
  • Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) as Bette Logan
  • The Face Behind the Mask (1941)
...aka Behind the Mask (UK) as Helen Williams
  • Beyond the Sacramento (1940)
...aka Power of Justice (UK) as Lynn Perry
  • Before I Hang (1940) as Martha Garth
  • The Lady in Question (1940) as Francois Morestan
  • Slightly Honorable (1940) as Miss Vlissingen
  • Gone with the Wind (1939) as Suellen O'Hara
  • Union Pacific (1939) as Mrs. Calvin
  • Sudden Money (1939) as Mary Patterson
  • Paris Honeymoon (1939) (uncredited) as Village Girl
  • Artists and Models Abroad (1938)
...aka Stranded in Paris (UK) (uncredited)
  • Sons of the Legion (1938) as Linda Lee
  • Men with Wings (1938) (uncredited) Nurse
  • Dangerous to Know (1938) (uncredited)
  • The Buccaneer (1938) as Madeleine


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