Evelyn Ankers

as Elsa in the movie Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook

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Also known as The Queen of the ScreamersThe Screamer
Was born at 17 August 1918 in Valparaiso, Chile . Died at 29 August 1985, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii, USA (ovarian cancer)

Evelyn Ankers, a beautiful movie actress who was a staple of Universal'shorror films in the 1940s, was born in Chile to English parents in1918. Her parents repatriated the family back to England in the 1920s,and it was in Old Blighty that Ankers developed a desire to become anactress. She began appearing in small roles in English movies in the mid-1930swhile she was still in school. She appeared in Fire Over England (1937) with 'Laurence Olivier' and'Vivien Leigh' and in Bells of St.

Mary's (1937) . A beautywith talent, she soon won starring roles in the low-budget The Villiers Diamond (1938) and The Claydon Treasure Mystery (1938) . With war clouds darkening the skies over Europe, Ankers emigrated to theUnited States and was signed to a contract by Universal in 1940. Shemade her Universal debut in the "Abbot and Costello" comedy-horrorpicture Hold That Ghost (1941) before appearing in the horrorfilm classic The Wolf Man (1941) opposite 'Lon Chaney Jr. ' .

Ankers found herself cast into the horror picture ghetto, appearing inthree more Chaney fright films, The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) , Son of Dracula (1943) and The Frozen Ghost (1945) , during a period in which she wascast ashore with a sarong-less 'Jon Hall (I)' in The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944) . She also appeared in supportof 'Basil Rathbone' 's "Sherlock Holmes" in Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) and The Pearl of Death (1944) . Ankers married B-movie hunk 'Richard Denning (I)' in 1942 and madea go articulating the anxieties of the home front while her husband wasoff to war. Horror flicks were popular during World War II but, afterthe cessation of hostilities in 1945, they went out of favor withaudiences. Ankers' career, mated to the genre at Universal, suffered.

She quit Universal in 1945 and freelanced at Columbia and Poverty Row'sProducers Releasing Corporation (PRC) and Republic Pictures in dramasand mysteries. Evelyn co-starred with her returned husband Richard inthe major release Black Beauty (1946) for 20th Century Fox. ForPRC, she headlined Queen of Burlesque (1946) and laterco-starred with 'Lex Barker (I)' in Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) . As the 1950s dawned, a decade of conformity and family values, Ankersquit the movies for married life and motherhood after making The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950) , in which she wasfirst-billed. She was 32- years-old.

A decade later, Ankers came out ofretirement to make one final screen appearance, in her hubby's No Greater Love (1960) . Evelyn Ankers died of ovarian cancer on August 29, 1985, twelve daysafter her 67th birthday. .

There is some small facts about Evelyn Ankers:
  • She was called "Queen of the Screamers" on account of her bloodcurdling vocal outbursts in "B" suspense thrillers of the 1940s.
  • She was engaged to actor 'Glenn Ford (I)' , but Ankers broke the engagement when she met 'Richard Denning (I)' while Ford was on location.
  • She remembered that many of the B movies she made were rush jobs. Arriving for a love scene on The Great Impersonation (1942) , director 'John Rawlins (I)' called "Action!" before the actors were even given any blocking. When she and actor 'Ralph Bellamy' remained frozen, she stuttered to the director, "I would like to meet my leading man, as I have never kissed a man before first being introduced to him.".
  • She was the only actress to appear in a Wolf Man, Dracula, and Frankenstein film. She played Gwen Conliffe in The Wolf Man (1941) , in Son of Dracula (1943) she played Claire Caldwell and she appeared in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) as Elsa Frankenstein. Each of these roles was opposite 'Lon Chaney Jr.' who played the monsters which terrorized Ankers.
  • Best friends with fellow scream queen 'Anne Gwynne (I)' at Universal Studios.
  • Despite the numerous times she worked with 'Lon Chaney Jr.' , the two reportedly had a strong disliking for each other. Often Chaney would scare Ankers and because of this, she referred to him as "a brute with bad breath".
  • Had appeared with 'Lon Chaney Jr.' in five films: The Wolf Man (1941) , The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) , Son of Dracula (1943) , Weird Woman (1944) and The Frozen Ghost (1945) .
  • Her last film was the drama film No Greater Love (1960) . She came out of retirement to appear in this film with her husband 'Richard Denning (I)' .
  • Following her death, she was interred at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao, Hawaii.
  • First name was pronounced "Ee-vul-lynn".
  • Evelyn Ankers died 12 days after her 67th birthday.
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There is the list of movies, where Evelyn Ankers was taked part:
1 Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook movie Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook 1991 as Elsa
2 His Butlers Sister movie His Butlers Sister 1943 as Elizabeth Campbell
3 Ladies Courageous movie Ladies Courageous 1944 as Wilhelmina Van Kronk
4 The Invisible Mans Revenge movie The Invisible Mans Revenge 1944 as Julie Herrick
5 Adventures of the Falcon movie Adventures of the Falcon 1954 as Inga Grinley
6 Screen Directors Playhouse movie Screen Directors Playhouse 1955 as Miss Loving
7 All by Myself movie All by Myself 1943 as Jean Wells
8 Bachelor Daddy movie Bachelor Daddy 1941 as Beth Chase
9 Bells of St. Marys movie Bells of St. Marys 1937 as Village girl
10 Black Beauty movie Black Beauty 1946 as Evelyn Carrington
11 Bowery to Broadway movie Bowery to Broadway 1944 as Bonnie Latour
12 Burma Convoy movie Burma Convoy 1941 as Ann McBragel
13 Captive Wild Woman movie Captive Wild Woman 1943 as Beth Colman
14 Coming of Age movie Coming of Age 1938 as Christine Squire
15 Crazy House movie Crazy House 1943 as Evelyn Ankers
16 Eagle Squadron movie Eagle Squadron 1942 as Nancy Mitchell
17 Fire Over England movie Fire Over England 1937 as Lady-in-Waiting
18 Flight to Nowhere movie Flight to Nowhere 1946 as Catherine Forrest
19 Follow the Boys movie Follow the Boys 1944 as Evelyn Ankers
20 Hers to Hold movie Hers to Hold 1943 as Flo Simpson
21 Hit the Road movie Hit the Road 1941 as Patience Ryan
22 Hold That Ghost movie Hold That Ghost 1941 as Norma Lind
23 Jungle Woman movie Jungle Woman 1944 as Beth Mason
24 Keep Em Slugging movie Keep Em Slugging 1943 as Sheila Banning
25 Knight Without Armour movie Knight Without Armour 1937 as Minor Role
26 Land Without Music movie Land Without Music 1936 as A Lady of the Court (segment "Who said Carlini?")
27 Last of the Redmen movie Last of the Redmen 1947 as Alice Munro
28 Murder in the Family movie Murder in the Family 1938 as Dorothy Osborne
29 North to the Klondike movie North to the Klondike 1942 as Mary Sloan
30 Over the Moon movie Over the Moon 1939 as Sanitarium Patient
31 Pardon My Rhythm movie Pardon My Rhythm 1944 as Julia Munson
32 Parole, Inc. movie Parole, Inc. 1948 as Jojo Dumont
33 Pierre of the Plains movie Pierre of the Plains 1942 as Celia Wellsby
34 Queen of Burlesque movie Queen of Burlesque 1946 as Crystal McCoy
35 Rembrandt movie Rembrandt 1936 as Minor Role
36 Second Thoughts movie Second Thoughts 1938 as Molly Frame
37 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror movie Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 1942 as Kitty
38 Son of Dracula movie Son of Dracula 1943 as Claire Caldwell
39 Spoilers of the North movie Spoilers of the North 1947 as Laura Reed
40 Tarzans Magic Fountain movie Tarzans Magic Fountain 1949 as Gloria James Jessup
There is the list of some articles of Evelyn Ankers:
  • "Films of the Golden Age" (USA), Fall 1997, Iss. 10, pg. 54-62, by: Barrie Roberts, "Evelyn Ankers: beautiful screamer"
There is the list of some printed articles of Ankers, Evelyn:
  • "Yank" (USA), 13 July 1945
There is the list of some quotes of Evelyn Ankers:
  • Right after he ['Lon Chaney Jr.' ] and I had finished Son of Dracula (1943) , I think, the studio invited the major magazines to a dinner party on the lot to meet all the horror stars. Everybody was there - 'Boris Karloff (I)' , 'Bela Lugosi' and 'George Zucco' . Lon, seated near my husband and me, proceeded to direct a number of rude, uncalled-for remarks toward Dick. Being a gentleman, Dick ignored them. Until... "How come", I recall Lon saying to Dick, "you're in the Navy and still in Los Angeles?" Dick replied, "It's a lot better than not being in the service at all during wartime" - which was Lon's situation. A while later, Lon said, "I've got a little ice cream on my sleeve", and wiped it on Dick's dress blues. That did it. Dick took his ice cream - which was pistachio green, in keeping with the horror motif - and pushed it in Lon's face. With all that green dripping from his face, he looked as if he were back in make-up for one of his monster characters.
  • [on 'Lon Chaney Jr.' ] When he wasn't drinking, he could be one of the sweetest men in the world.
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