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 October 31, 2023

'On the Lose' actress Joan Evans passed away at the age of 89

Former "On the Loose" and "Edge of Doom" star Joan Evans has passed away at the age of 89.

John Weatherly, Evans' son, told Fox News Digital that his mother passed away on October 21 at their home in Henderson, Nevada.

The actor, who also happened to be Joan Crawford's goddaughter, rose to stardom with her cinematic roles in the '50s. Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert, Evans' parents, wrote the script for the 1951 movie "On the Loose."

Evans co-starred in the 1952 musical "Skirts Ahoy!" opposite Esther Williams.

Over the next decade, Evans appeared in films like "Edge of Doom," "Our Very Own," "Column South," and "No Name on the Bullet."

Evans - who was named after Crawford - was a New York native born in 1934. Evans' mother worked as a reporter for Photoplay magazine in Hollywood, and she frequently wrote about Crawford during the latter's rise to prominence.

"They were best friends," Evans said of the pair in a 2013 interview with Foster Hirsch. During the conversation, Evans revealed a harrowing encounter she had on a film set when she was 14 years old.

In 1948, she starred in "Roseanna McCoy," a film directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Evans was "accidentally shot very, very seriously" in her arm as Ray was filming retakes on set.

According to what Evans said to Hirsch, the rifle jammed. She ended up in the hospital for some quick surgery.

Evans further detailed the nuptials she experienced with husband Kirby Weatherly. The famed actress suggested the couple get married that very evening, and she invited her to a dinner party at Crawford's house.

The actress had just turned 18 when she and Weatherly, then 26, called a judge to Crawford's home to tie the knot. The pair said "I do" on July 24, 1952

"The head of publicity at Goldwyn had said to me, ‘Joan, I don’t care what you do, just don’t call me in the middle of the night and tell me you’re married,’" Evans recounted in the interview. "So, I called him in the middle of the night and told him I was married."

The star said later thather parents were very unhappy with Crawford and did not speak to her after that. Despite this, Evans maintained a close relationship with Crawford until her passing in 1977.

"I saw a wonderful, darling friend who was generous to the max to everyone, certainly to me," Evans said. "When I was a little girl, I traveled on the train from New York to California with Joan; now that would bring out the worst in any great actress, [and it didn’t]."

Evans and Weatherly were married until his death on January 1, 2023. At the time of the interview, Evans said their marriage "wasn't the mistake my parents foretold." The couple shares a son, John, and a daughter, Dale.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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