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Occupation  Actress
Years active  1936–1960

Name  Evelyn Ankers
Role  Actress
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Born  17 August 1918 (1918-08-17) Valparaiso, Chile
Died  August 29, 1985, Maui, Hawaii, United States
Spouse  Richard Denning (m. 1942–1985)
Movies  The Wolf Man, The Ghost of Frankenstein, Son of Dracula, The Mad Ghoul, Captive Wild Woman
Similar People  Richard Denning, George Waggner, Anne Gwynne, Reginald Le Borg, Erle C Kenton

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Evelyn Felisa Ankers (August 17, 1918 – August 29, 1985) was an American actress born in Valparaiso, Chile. She often played variations on the role of the cultured young leading lady in many American horror films during the 1940s, most notably The Wolf Man (1941) opposite Lon Chaney, Jr., a frequent screen partner.


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Known as "the Queen of the Bs", Ankers' other films include The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), Captive Wild Woman (1943), Son of Dracula (1943), The Mad Ghoul (1943), Jungle Woman (1944), Weird Woman (1944), The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944), and The Frozen Ghost (1945). She appeared in Hold That Ghost (1941), Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), His Butler's Sister (1943), The Pearl of Death (1944), Pardon My Rhythm (1944), Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949), and played Calamity Jane in The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950), one of many movies for which she received top billing.

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Ankers made over fifty films between 1936 and 1950, then retired from movies at the age of 32 to be a housewife. She occasionally played television roles, such as that of saloon owner Robbie James in the 1958 episode "Gambler" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Cheyenne, with Clint Walker in the title role. She returned ten years later to make one more film, No Greater Love (1960), with her husband Richard Denning.


Ankers moved to Hawaii when her husband accepted the role of the governor in Hawaii 5-0. She died of ovarian cancer at the age of 67 on August 29, 1985 in Maui.

Personal life

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In 1942, Ankers married Richard Denning, to whom she remained married until her death in 1985. The couple had one child, Diana Denning (later Dwyer).

Selected filmography

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  • Land Without Music (1936)
  • Rembrandt (1936)
  • Wings of the Morning (1937)
  • Fire Over England (1937)
  • Knight Without Armour (1937)
  • The Villiers Diamond (1938)
  • Second Thoughts (1938)
  • Murder in the Family (1938)
  • Coming of Age (1938)
  • The Claydon Treasure Mystery (1938)
  • Burma Convoy (1941)
  • The Wolf Man (1941) with Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi
  • Hold That Ghost (1941) with Abbott and Costello
  • North to the Klondike (1942) with Broderick Crawford and Lon Chaney, Jr.
  • The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) with Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi
  • Eagle Squadron (1942) with Robert Stack and Diana Barrymore
  • Pierre of the Plains (1942)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) with Basil Rathbone
  • The Great Impersonation (1942)
  • His Butler's Sister (1943) directed by Frank Borzage
  • The Mad Ghoul (1943) with Robert Armstrong
  • Son of Dracula (1943) with Lon Chaney, Jr.
  • Captive Wild Woman (1943)
  • Jungle Woman (1944)
  • Weird Woman (1944)
  • The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944) with John Carradine
  • Ladies Courageous (1944) with Loretta Young and Diana Barrymore
  • The Pearl of Death (1944) with Basil Rathbone and Rondo Hatton
  • Bowery to Broadway (1944)
  • The Frozen Ghost (1945) with Lon Chaney, Jr.
  • The Fatal Witness (1945)
  • The French Key (1945)
  • Queen of Burlesque (1946)
  • Black Beauty (1946) with Richard Denning
  • Flight to Nowhere (1946)
  • Spoilers of the North (1947)
  • Last of the Redskins (1947)
  • The Lone Wolf in London (1947) with Gerald Mohr and Eric Blore
  • Parole, Inc. (1948) with Michael O'Shea and Turhan Bey
  • Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) with Lex Barker
  • The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950)
  • No Greater Love (1960) with Richard Denning

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