Evans Evans dies at 91: 'Bonnie and Clyde' star who played kidnap victim in iconic film remembered fondly

Evans Evans dies at 91: 'Bonnie and Clyde' star who played kidnap victim in iconic film remembered fondly
'Bonnie and Clyde' star Evans Evans died at the age of 91 (Warner Bros)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Evans Evans, the celebrated actress best known for her role in the classic film 'Bonnie and Clyde' died on June 16 at the age of 91.

A long-time resident of Sherman Oaks, California, her death was confirmed via a public obituary, though the cause was not disclosed.

Evans Evans of 'Bonnie and Clyde' fame dies at 91

Evans Evans with Gene Wilder in 'Bonnie and Clyde' (Warner Bros)

Born on November 26, 1932, in Bluefield, West Virginia, Evans Evans had a distinguished career spanning five decades. She was married to renowned director John Frankenheimer, famous for 'The Manchurian Candidate,' from 1963 until he died in 2002. Known professionally as Evans Evans, she also went by Evans Frankenheimer.

Evans' career highlights include her memorable role as Velma Davis in the 1967 film 'Bonnie and Clyde,' where she played a kidnap victim alongside Gene Wilder. Her television credits feature appearances on 'The Donna Reed Show,' 'The Twilight Zone,' 'Gunsmoke,' and 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents.' She also graced Broadway with performances in 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs' (1957), 'A Distant Bell' (1960), and 'The 49th Cousin' (1960).

In a 2016 interview with Criterion, Evans recounted her experiences on the press tour for 'The Manchurian Candidate' with her husband, highlighting the unexpected but intriguing journey of promoting the controversial film.

Despite her extensive filmography, Evans is most fondly remembered for her role in 'Bonnie and Clyde.' The scene where her character Velma Davis and her boyfriend Eugene, played by Gene Wilder, are abducted by the notorious gang led by Warren Beatty's Clyde and Faye Dunaway's Bonnie, remains iconic.

Evans continued to act in films like 'The Iceman Cometh,' 'Prophecy,' and the TV series 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' from 1973 to 1994. Her friendships within the industry, including a close bond with Angela Lansbury, further cemented her status as a beloved figure in Hollywood.

Tributes pour in after Evans Evans after her death

Fans expressed their condolences and share memories of Evans Evans. One user wrote, "Bonnie and Clyde is a great movie, and Evans played a brilliant character. RIP Evans, you will be sadly missed."

Another commented, "An iconic movie. RIP."

"She had a wonderful life and lived to a great age. Celebrate her achievement, well done," shared another fan. A user fondly remembered her humor, saying, "RIP Madame. She was hilarious in the Bonnie and Clyde movie—smile."

"RIP and thank you for your wonderful performance. They don’t make them like that anymore," another user wrote, capturing the sentiment of many who cherished her work and legacy.

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