Friday, July 11, 2008

Evelyn Keyes Died Last Week, Age 91

It was announced today that actress Evelyn Keyes passed away on the 4th of July.

Keyes initially achieved a certain amount of fame as Suellen O'Hara, the bratty younger sister of Scarlett in GONE WITH THE WIND. For me, Keyes' scene-stealing performance is one of many highlights in a perfect movie. Ann Rutherford, who played Carreen, is now the sole surviving O'Hara sister.

Keyes starred in a number of interesting films, including HERE COMES MR. JORDAN with Robert Montgomery, MRS. MIKE with Dick Powell, and THE JOLSON STORY with Larry Parks.

A family favorite is THE MATING OF MILLIE, in which she appeared with frequent costar Glenn Ford.

Her entertaining comedy-mystery DANGEROUS BLONDES, which costarred Allyn Joslyn, was reviewed here last year.

The oft-married Keyes chronicled her colorful life in the autobiographies SCARLETT O'HARA'S YOUNGER SISTER and I'LL THINK ABOUT THAT TOMORROW.

Update: The L.A. Times obituary.


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