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Millicent Evison

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Millicent Evison McEntee (c.1876 – 1970) was a Shakespearean actress, screenwriter, and novelist.[1]

Early life

Evison was born in England and grew up in Canada.[1]


Evison was called "one of the best impersonators of Shakespearean roles of the present school" by the Knoxville Sentinel in 1912.[2] Evison toured the United States with Ben Greet's Shakespeare company and was influenced by his work.[1][3][4]

Evison wrote the scenario for the 1917 film Next Door to Nancy.[5] She wrote the story the 1918 film The Mating was based on. Her novel Over the Garden Wall was also adapted to film of the same name.[6][7]

Her book Rainbow Gold was marketed as the story of a girl who brings cheer.[8] Her book Over the Garden Wall was described as a society romance novel.[9]

The Unitarian Register gave Rainbow Gold a favorable writeup as a tried and true type story for girls.[10][irrelevant citation] The Christian Advocate also gave the charming and happy ending story a writeup.[11]


Evison considered herself a suffragist, but did not support some of the more militant tactics being used to fight for women's suffrage.[12]

Personal life

Evison married Francis D. McEntee, with whom she had toured while acting.[1][13]

She died in Moorestown, New Jersey on 29 January 1970, aged 93.[1]


  • Rainbow Gold (1920), illustrated by W. I. Duphiney
  • Peggy Pretend (1922), illustrated by Edna F. Hart Hubon.[14]
  • The Good-for-Nothing Graysons (1928), illustrated by F. Vaux Wilson.[15]
  • Over the Garden Wall, a novel



  1. ^ a b c d e "Millicent Evans McEntee, A Shakespearean Actress". The New York Times. 1970-01-31. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  2. ^ "Musical and Plays are Great Drawing Cards". Knoxville Sentinel. 1912-06-21. p. 20. Retrieved 2020-05-19 – via
  3. ^ "Shakespearean Players Tomorrow - Matinee and Night". The News and Observer. 1912-02-23. p. 6. Retrieved 2020-05-19 – via
  4. ^ "Ben Greet Players Coming". The Gastonia Gazette. 1912-02-09. p. 1. Retrieved 2020-05-19 – via
  5. ^ "Next Door to Nancy (1917) - Full Credits -". Turner Classic Movies.
  6. ^ "Bessie Love Has New Leading Man in Next Film". The Journal and Tribune. 1919-07-11. p. 14. Retrieved 2020-05-19 – via
  7. ^ "Bessie Love in Comedy Feature at Walton Today". The Selma Times. 1920-01-14. p. 3. Retrieved 2020-05-19 – via
  8. ^ "The Bookman: A Review of Books and Life ..." Dodd, Mead and Company. May 18, 1921 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Dewey, Melvil; Bowker, Richard Rogers; Pylodet, L.; Leypoldt, Frederick; Cutter, Charles Ammi; Weston, Bertine Emma; Brown, Karl; Wessells, Helen E. (May 18, 1920). "Library Journal". R. R. Bowker Company – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Educational Theatre Journal". American Theatre Association. May 18, 1969 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "The Christian Advocate". Hunt & Eaton. May 18, 1920 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "Millicent Evison Ardent Suffragette". The Comet. 1912-02-08. p. 2. Retrieved 2020-05-19 – via
  13. ^ "Frank McEntee and Millicent..." The Gastonia Gazette. 1912-02-16. p. 5. Retrieved 2020-05-19 – via
  14. ^ The Continent. McCormick Publishing Company. 1922.
  15. ^ "Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1928". Copyright Office, Library of Congress. May 18, 1929 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ Office, Library of Congress Copyright (May 18, 1918). "Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc. New Series" – via Google Books.
  17. ^ Office, Library of Congress Copyright (1918). Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc. New Series.
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