Monica Evans

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Monica Evans
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Evans as Cecily Pigeon in the Broadway production of The Odd Couple, 1965
Born(1940-06-07)7 June 1940
Camberwell, London, England
Died5 July 2021(2021-07-05) (aged 81)
OccupationActress
Years active1960–1973
Spouse(s)Leo Maguire (divorced)
Dave Cash (1973–2010)

Monica Evans (7 June 1940 – 5 July 2021) was an English actress known for her portrayal of Cecily Pigeon in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple.[1]

Career[change | change source]

She was in the original Broadway cast for its entire run, then appeared in the film version in 1968, and finally appeared in some episodes of the first season of the television series based on the play, all in the same role, alongside Carole Shelley as her sister Gwendolyn Pigeon.[2][3] She also provided voices for the Disney animated films The Aristocats, as Abigail Gabble (the Goose) (alongside Shelley as Amelia Gabble) and Robin Hood (1973) as Maid Marian (again alongside Shelley as her handmaiden, Lady Kluck).[4]

Life[change | change source]

She lived in the United States for several years. After her return to the UK she married BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Cash. Her brother-in-law is Charles Hayward, the drummer of This Heat.[source?]

In 2018, she was at the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival, reuniting with her old friend, Carole Shelley.

Death[change | change source]

Evans died on 5 July 2021 at the age of 81 in New Brighton, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The cause was Alzheimer's disease that she suffered from.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Monica Evans – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
  2. "The Odd Couple (1968) - Gene Saks | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  3. "Monica Evans | TV, Documentary and Other Appearances". AllMovie.
  4. "Monica Evans". BFI.

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