Evelyn Keyes
Autographed Photo

This is a black and white 8x10 photo autographed by Evelyn Keyes in character as Scarlett's sister, Suellen O'Hara. Ms. Keyes signed it: Evelyn Keyes "Suellen" in black sharpie. Photo is framed, and is in excellent condition with COA.

Evelyn Louise Keyes was born on November 20, 1916, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Omar Dow Keyes and Maude Ollive Keyes, the daughter of a Methodist minister. After Omar Keyes died when she was three years old, Evelyn moved with her mother to Atlanta, Georgia, where they lived with her grandparents. As a teenager, Evelyn took dancing lessons and performed for local clubs such as the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Evelyn was a chorus girl at 18 and put under contract by Cecil B. DeMille where she made a few B movies at Paramount Pictures. In 1939, she landed her most notable role as Scarlett O'Hara's sister Suellen in Gone with the Wind.

Columbia Pictures signed her to a contract and in 1941, she played in Here Comes Mr. Jordan, before landing the female lead opposite Larry Parks in Columbia's blockbuster hit The Jolson Story (1946). In 1949 she appeared as Kathy Flannigan in Mrs. Mike and for her last major film role, she played Tom Ewell's vacationing wife in The Seven Year Itch (1955), which starred Marilyn Monroe.

Evelyn officially retired in 1956, but continued to act when offered parts. She also attended the many events held around the USA to celebrate Gone With the Wind, talking with fans and signing autographs. In 1977, her book, “Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister: My Lively Life In and Out of Hollywood”, was published. In the book she said she thought her best film was Mrs. Mike. She also wrote of the personal cost she paid by having an abortion just before Gone with the Wind was to begin filming, which left her unable to have children. Evelyn also wrote of the many Hollywood affairs she had, including an affair with producer Michael Todd who left her for Elizabeth Taylor. Other lovers included; Anthony Quinn, David Niven and Kirk Douglas.

In 1938, Evelyn married Barton Oliver Bainbridge Sr. but just two years later, he committed suicide. She went on to marry Charles Vidor (1943–1945), actor/director John Huston (23 July 1946–February 1950), and bandleader Artie Shaw (1957–1985). 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.

Suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Evelyn died of uterine cancer on July 4, 2008, at the Peppers Estate Care Home in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara.

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