Companion of Mike Todd (1953-1956).
Ex-daughter-in-law of Walter Huston.
She has one son, Pablo, from her marriage to John Huston. In Huston's autobiography, he writes of how he found the boy while making a movie in Mexico. After finding out the boy was homeless and an orphan, he adopted him and brought him back to the US, unbeknownst to his wife. He met Evelyn at the airport and shocked her by introducing her to their new son. Evelyn, who "was not going to spend her life raising other lives", was not pleased. Most of her marriages ended because of her lack of desire to start a family, although that would have meant adopting, since she could not have children of her own. However, according to her 's autobiography, her father-in-law Walter Huston had already spilled the beans before the boy arrived. Pablo eventually married an Irish girl, had three children, then deserted his family and became a used-car dealer.
Her death wasn't announced until 11 July 2008 because attorneys were waiting for the death certificate to be filed.
Was best-known for playing Scarlett O'Hara's younger sister in Gone with the Wind (1939).
Her marriage in 1946 to John Huston was eccentric, to say the least. Just one of the examples she recalled involved Huston returning home from the film We Were Strangers (1949) with a gift from Jennifer Jones--a pet chimpanzee.
She became involved with flamboyant producer Mike Todd for three years during his preparation and filming of Around the World in 80 Days (1956). She even played a cameo role in the movie and helped on publicity. During the filming, he broke things off after falling in love with Elizabeth Taylor, whom he later married. The positive thing that came out of it for her was that she had invested most of her money in the picture and was financially set for life as a result.
She wrote a novel entitled "I Am a Billboard" which told the story of a Southern girl who becomes an overnight star in Hollywood and the trials and tribulations she endures as a result. The storyline obviously paralleled her own life in many ways.
Among the many Hollywood affairs she recounts in her 1977 memoir "Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister" were those with producer Mike Todd (who left Evelyn for Elizabeth Taylor), Anthony Quinn, David Niven and Kirk Douglas.
Her first husband (1938-1940) was businessman Barton Bainbridge. Evelyn left him after a short period of time for the Budapest-born director Charles Vidor, and Bainbridge committed suicide (by gunshot) during the final separation period.
Had an abortion just before Gone with the Wind (1939) was to begin filming.
In 2005, she sued Artie Shaw's estate, claiming that she was entitled to one-half of Shaw's estate pursuant to a contract to make a will between them. Shaw died in 2004. In July 2006, a Ventura, California jury unanimously held that Keyes was entitled to almost one-half of Shaw's estate, or $1,420,000.
Was Max Factor's Star of the Year, 1943.
In 1951 RKO Pictures wanted to produce a film noir entitled "The Sins of Sarah Ferry". The story was about a courthouse clerk in Binghamton, New York, who finds herself falling in love with a beautiful liar who is accused of armed robbery as well as a hit-and-run charge involving a death. It would have starred Laraine Day, Fred MacMurray, Yvonne De Carlo, Hugh Beaumont, Glenn Ford, Howard Duff and Evelyn, with shooting scheduled for location in Binghamton and neighboring Johnson City. This project never materialized because the plot was considered too close that of Double Indemnity (1944), and the studio never received a reply via phone call or mail from the Binghamton Courthouse or then Mayor Donald Kramer granting them permission to film on location in the area and negotiate a fair payment. Based on those circumstances, the studio immediately canceled this project and moved on.
Was a lifelong liberal Democrat.
Resided in Santa Barbara, California. [December 2007]
Appeared in two Oscar Best Picture winners: Gone with the Wind (1939) and Around the World in 80 Days (1956), and one other Best Picture nominee: Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).