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MONICA EVANS

Monica Evans was born in London, U.K. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she won a gold medal for best actress at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. At age 18, Monica was understudy for Joan Plowright in the play Rhinoceros (staged by Orson Wells). When Joan fell ill, Monica ably stepped in (as Sir Laurence Olivier’s co-star). Monica then appeared in several British television programs, including her recurring role in the long running soap Compact. Monica was also in the West End production of Severed Head.

Monica is probably best known for her portrayal of Cecily Pigeon in Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE. Neil Simon was unable to find the right actresses to play the sisters in the U.S., so he travelled to the U.K., and found his Cecily and Gwendolyn. For Monica, this was her debut on Broadway and she remained in the original cast for its entire run. Both Monica and Carole Shelley went on to play the sisters again in the 1968 movie with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau followed by appearances in the television series.

Monica also provided voices for the Disney animated films The Aristocats (1970), as Abigail Gabble (the Goose, alongside Carole as Amelia Gabble) and Robin Hood (1973) as Maid Marian (again alongside Carole as her handmaiden, Lady Cluck).

After living in the U.S., Monica returned to London where she worked on various television series, voice over work and theatrical productions (Here Come the Brides, The Dave Cash Show, Disney games and Forget Me Not Lane) and shortly thereafter retired to raise her family.

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