Leading Ladies: Evelyn Preer

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Today's leading lady was one of the first black actresses to earn celebrity status. She was known as the First Lady of the screen. Let's talk about Evelyn prayer. Evelyn Jarvis was born in eighteen, ninety six in Vicksburg Mississippi after her father died. Evelyn's family moved to Chicago where she performed in Vaudeville shows and practice street, preaching to raise funds to build church. In Nineteen fifteen, when she was nineteen years old Evelyn married her first husband Frank Career. In Nineteen Eighteen Evelyn met author and director Oscar me show who'd become a highly influential African American filmmaker. We show made films for a predominantly black audience and was able to avoid stereotypes that Hollywood Films Inc... Evelyn made her film debut in me. Shows film The homesteaders where she played a woman who's evil, overbearing father causes her husband to abandon her. Michaud Evelyn, his goto leading actress, and in Nineteen Twenty, she started within our gates. She played a teacher who fights to save a school for Black Children. It's the only feature film Evelyn made that survive to this day. As her career blossomed, Evelyn played dramatic characters and was known for her versatility. In between films, Evelyn joined the Lafayette players a black, the actual stock company since theaters were segregated by law in the South and by practice in the north. The Lafayette players brought traditional theater to black audiences throughout the US. Evelyn married her second husband fellow actor Edward Thompson while on tour. In nineteen twenty one, Evelyn performed in the chip woman's fortune. The first drama written by a black playwright to appear on Broadway. The show only ran for two weeks, but W E. B deploys said that dramatically and spiritually it was one of the greatest successes. This country has ever seen. In nineteen twenty six, Evelyn landed a role in the successful Broadway Production Blue Bell. She understudied and played the role of a Harlem Prostitute. She then appeared in the West Coast Revival of Sadie Thompson. We're her performance garnered critical acclaim. In addition to being a talented actor Evelyn was a gifted vocalist. She thrived cabaret and theater, and was occasionally accompanied by a young duke. Ellington and Red Nichols. Up. L.! Y.. Evelyn start in sixteen films. She easily transition from silent films to talkies in the nineteen thirties, musical Georgia rose, which was about a black family migrating north. In nineteen thirty-one Evelyn performed in the film. Ladies of the big house alongside Sylvia Sidney. WHO's one of the most famous entertainers at the time? Her final role was in blonde. Venus which starred Marlene Dietrich and cary grant. Evelyn's performance was credited. Evelyn refused roles that attempted to typecast her, and instead continued acting in challenging roles. Many black actors at the time were not permitted to play. In nineteen, thirty, two Evelyn gave birth to her daughter Adiv Evelyn suffered from postpartum complications, and soon after died of double pneumonia, she was thirty six years old. Though, her career ended prematurely. Evelyn left her mark on Hollywood and on history. She's remembered as pioneering actor and

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