Madge Evans, born on July 1st 1909, began her career as a child. As a baby, she was featured as the “Fairy Soap Girl” in print ads, and started acting at the age of four, starring in a series of play written specifically for children. These plays made her a huge star, and soon she had a hat company named after her. Evans then began making films. She was the first actress to star as Heidi.
As she grew up, film roles become more and more scarce, so at the age of 17 she retired from film to return to the stage. She became a well known name on the stage of both the United States and Europe with performances in Dread, The Marquis, and The Conquering Male, among others.
In 1927, Evans returned to Hollywood and signed a contract with MGM. She was often cast as the ingenue. Some of her biggest successes were Dinner at Eight, Beauty for Sale, Hell Below, Mayor of Hell, and David Copperfield.
In 1939, she married playwright Sidney Kingsley (Dead End, Detective Story) and retired from film. The pair moved to a 50-acre estate in New Jersey.
In the late 1940s, Evans returned to acting, not in film, but on television and radio in New York City. She gained great success with shows like Studio One and The Philco Television Playhouse. She retired from acting entirely in 1971. She died of cancer in her home in New Jersey in 1981