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A photo of Evelyn Brent (1895-1975) - Film and stage actress was born as "Mary Elizabeth Riggs" on 20 October 1895 in Syracuse, New York to parents Arthur Riggs and Eleanor Warner. In 1914 she got a job as an extra at the World Film Studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey and was selected for a debut in "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" released on 2 May 1915.

By 1919 Betty Riggs is listed in the Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual as "Evelyn Brent". Later that year she sailed for London and appeared in a few films in Europe. She also appeared on the London stage in a comedy by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). She was back in New York to marry her first husband, movie executive Bernard Powell Fineman (1895-1971) in November 1922. The couple divorced in 1927.

After marrying her second husband Harry John Edwards (1887-1952) in November 1928 at Tijuana, Mexico, she transitioned into the "talkies", though the parts she was given were increasingly secondary roles. She appeared in fewer films throughout the 1930s and 1940s. No longer in demand by the major studios, she continued to appear in lower budget films. Evelyn Brent's third marriage in 1948 was to vaudevillian Harry Fox (1882-1959) (real name - Harry Messman or Arthur Carringford), a comedian who was known as being the dancing inspiration for Harry Fox's Trot (foxtrot).

Evelyn Brent made her last film in 1950. Throughout her 35 years in the industry she is credited with appearing in no less than 126 films. In her later years she worked for the Thelma White Talent Agency in Hollywood. She died 4 June 1975 aged 79 and is buried in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.

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The Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers (WAMPAS) in 1923 elected Evelyn Brent as one of their "Baby Stars". She appeared in one television show, a 1960 episode of "Wagon Train".
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