In 1928, chances are that if you asked a passer-by to name a big film star, Evelyn might have been in the top five or six responses.
She had a kind of reserve, a stillness, that served her well in the lavish late-20s dramas in which she made her name.
The coming of sound revealed a handsome, dark, but rather unmodulated voice. She kept on working, but not as a top star, and by the 40s was doing leads on Poverty Row and small parts, some just this side of bit-work, in the majors.
In a late interview with Kevin Brownlow, who found her living in reduced circumstances in LA, she seemed more puzzled than anything else by the downward spiral of her career, not really able to piece together everything that had happened to her.