Madge Evans

Madge Evans

1930s "nice girl" actress


New York City      ♥      5'4" tall      ♥      Died in 1981, at age 72      ♥       

Lovely Madge Evans was the perennial nice girl in films of the 1930's. By then, she had been in front of the camera for many years, starting with Fairy Soap commercials at the age of two. Her pleasing looks and personality soon attracted the attention of Hollywood and she was eventually signed by MGM in 1931. During the next decade, she appeared in several A-grade productions as 'typical American girl' roles that did not allow her to express aspects of the greater acting range she possessed.

Enjoy photos and movies from her younger acting days from 1927 to 1944


#1: Marilyn Monroe

1950s icon

“I want to be a big star more than anything. It's something precious.”

#2: Elizabeth Taylor


“I've only slept with the men I've been married to. How many women can make that claim?”

#3: Greta Garbo

"The Face"

“I never said, 'I wanted to be alone', I said 'I want to be left alone'”

#5: Ava Gardner

1940s beauty

“What I'd really like to say about stardom is that it gave me everything I never wanted. Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.”

#6: Hedy Lamarr

"The Most Beautiful Woman In Film"

#7: Jean Harlow

"Baby" or "The Platinum Blonde"

“Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.”

#8: Audrey Hepburn

1950s sweetheart

#9: Carole Lombard

The Profane Angel, The Hoosier Tornado

#10: Gene Tierney

1940s movie star

#11: Rita Hayworth

"The Love Goddess"

“I think all women have a certain elegance about them which is destroyed when they take off their clothes.”

#12: Sophia Loren

1950s movie star

#13: Louise Brooks

"LuLu" or "Brooksie"

“Love is a publicity stunt, and making love - after the first curious raptures - is only another petulant way to pass the time waiting for the studio to call.”

#14: Brigitte Bardot


“I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.”

#16: Lana Turner

Sweater Girl

#17: Loretta Young

Attila the Nun, Saint Loretta

#18: Marlene Dietrich

"Lili Marlene"

“The legs aren't so beautiful. I just know what to do with them.”

#19: Ingrid Bergman

1940s iconic actress

“I can do everything with ease on the stage, whereas in real life I feel too big and clumsy. So I didn't choose acting. It chose me.”

#20: Clara Bow

The "It" Girl

“We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted.”

#21: Jane Russell

1950s movie star

#23: Joan Crawford

"Billie" or "Cranberry"

“Women's Lib? Poor little things. They always look so unhappy. Have you noticed how bitter their faces are?”

#24: Ginger Rogers

1940s movie star

#25: Joan Fontaine

1940s beautiful actress

“The main problem in marriage is that, for a man, sex is a hunger. If he is hungry and can't get to a fancy French restaurant, he'll go to a hot dog stand.”

#26: Jennifer Jones

1940s movie star

#27: Claudette Colbert


“I think there was more sex in those old films than in all that thrashing around today [1960s]. I'm tired of sex scenes.”

#28: Joan Collins

"The British Open"

“The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer.”

#29: Mary Pickford

Baby Gladys, The Glad Girl

“It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkies instead of the other way around”

#30: Myrna Loy

Queen of Hollywood, The Perfect Wife

#31: Kim Novak

1950s movie star

#32: Fay Wray

The Queen of Scream

#33: Susan Hayward

1940s movie star

“You aim at all the things you have been told that stardom means--the rich life, the applause, the parties. Then you find that you have it all. And it is nothing, really nothing.”

#35: Veronica Lake

"The Peek-a-boo Girl"

#36: Jayne Mansfield

1950s movie star

#37: Thelma Todd

Hot Toddy, The Ice Cream Blonde

#38: Marion Davies

1920s film comedienne and philanthropist

“With me it was 5% talent and 95% publicity.”

#39: Lillian Gish

"The First Lady of American Cinema"

“I think the things that are necessary in my profession are these: Taste, Talent and Tenacity. I think I have had a little of all three.”

#40: Bette Davis

"The Fifth Warner Brother," or "The First Lady of Film"

“An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring. I ought to know.”

#41: Jeanne Crain

"Hollywood's Number One party girl"

“I loved being at the studio [20th Century-Fox]. After all, I started at 15, and I grew up there.”

#42: Betty Grable

"The Pin-Up Girl" or "The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs"

“...putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered they could give orders better from there.”

#43: Diana Dors

"The Siren of Swindon" or "Hurricane in Mink"

“I was the first home-grown sex symbol... When Marilyn Monroe's first film was shown, a columnist wrote, 'How much like our Diana Dors she is'.”

#44: Lauren Bacall

"Baby" or "The Look"

“Men need to feel important. They feel better when they're with younger girls or unknown girls.”

#45: Katharine Hepburn

"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"

“If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.”

#46: Linda Darnell


“People got tired of seeing the sweet young things I was playing and I landed at the bottom of the roller coaster. I'd crammed thirty years into ten...I missed out on my girlhood, the fun, little things that now seem important.”

#47: Maureen O'Sullivan

1930s movie star

#48: Mae West

1930s movie star

#49: Shirley MacLaine

1950s movie star

#50: Carole Landis

"The 'Ping' Girl"

#51: Lucille Ball

"Queen of the B's"

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”

#52: Ann Sheridan

The "Oomph" Girl

#53: Olivia de Havilland


“Playing good girls in the '30s was difficult, when the fad was to play bad girls. Actually I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress.”

#54: Vilma Banky

"The Hungarian Rhapsody"

“For the love scenes in my first Hollywood silent picture I spoke in Hungarian, and my co-star chatted about cricket and kippers.”

#55: Margaret Lindsay

1930s movie star

#56: Judy Garland

1940s entertainer

“In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.”

#57: Joan Blondell

1930s sexy wisecracker

“It amazes me how some of these little numbers with dreamy looks and a dead pan are getting away with not acting. ”

#58: Ella Raines

1940s movie star

#59: Jane Wyman

1940s movie star

#60: Dorothy Lamour

"The Beautiful One" or "Dottie"

#61: Barbara Lawrence

1950s movie star

#62: Ann Sothern

1930s movie star

#63: Joan Bennett

1930s winsome blonde

“I turned my hair dark and have received much better parts ever since.”

#64: Alice White

1930s flirt

#66: Anita Page

1930s movie star

#67: Norma Shearer

The First Lady of MGM, Queen Norma

#68: Sally Blane

1930s B-movie starlet

“Loretta was always really ambitious ... But while she was concentrating on her career, I had all the beaus.”

#69: Mary Astor

"The Cameo Girl" or "Rusty"

“I was never totally involved in movies. I was just making my father's dream come true.”

#70: Una Merkel

1930s movie star

#71: Eleanor Powell

Queen of Ra-Ta-Taps

#72: Evalyn Knapp

1930s movie star

#73: Constance Bennett

1930s fashion star

“Marilyn Monroe? There's a broad with her future behind her!”

#74: Kay Francis

Queen of Warner Brothers

“A dog has kindliness in his heart and dignity in his demeanor. The finest qualities anyone can have.”

#76: Marian Marsh

1930s movie star

#77: Marie Wilson

1930s comic cutie

#78: Madge Evans

1930s "nice girl" actress

“I became a Typical American Girl by the accident of a few early picture parts ... I'm stuck with it. Maybe I'd like to be known as a mysterious silent woman...Nobody cares.”

#79: Glenda Farrell

1930s actress

“Not many silent-film actors could talk. So they shoved the ones that came from Broadway into everything. It all went so fast. I used to ask myself, 'What set am I on today?”

#80: Ruth Chatterton

1930s actress, novelist, and early aviator

“I know for some women, men are a household necessity; myself, I'd rather have a canary. ”

#81: Virginia Bruce

1930s pale-eyed blonde

“My chief purpose in life is to fall in love. I don't know why I want to, but I do.”

#82: Blanche Sweet

1920s silent film actress

“I was stubborn, I was difficult, I played games, I was to fall in love, oh there are reasons and reasons.”
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