Actress Joan Evans, 'On the Loose' star, dies at 89

November 2, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

A cinema legend's passing rocked the industry this week. 

Actress Joan Evans, best known for her roles in "On the Loose" and "Edge of Doom," died at age 89, Fox News reported. Her son, John Weatherly, confirmed the saddening news.

Evans hails from a family full of on and off-screen legends.

The late actress, who died in her Henderson, NV home, was Joan Crawfords' goddaughter. Her parents, Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert, were the screenwriters behind "On the Loose."


Evans was best known for her rise to stardom on the movie scene in the 1950s. She had many roles, but several memorable ones that fans still talk about.

Fox News noted:

Evans – who was named after Crawford – was a New York native born in 1934. Evans' mother was a Hollywood reporter for Photoplay magazine, where she often covered Crawford as she rose to fame.

During an interview, Evans recounted an especially scary moment in her early career when she was shot in the arm, on set, during the filming of "Roseanna McCoy." She said she was "accidentally shot very, very seriously" during the scene.

Another incredible story Evans told during the interview was the night she attended a party at Joan Crawford's home with then-boyfriend Kirby Weatherly. Crawford insisted the two tie the knot that very night.

"The head of publicity at Goldwyn had said to me, ‘Joan, I don’t care what you do, just don’t call me in the middle of the night and tell me you’re married,’" Evans recounted. "So, I called him in the middle of the night and told him I was married."

Tributes pour in

Evans was clearly loved and respected by fans around the world, and many posted tributes to the late actress on social media.

Fox News noted, "The couple share a son, John, and a daughter, Dale. Evans is also survived by her grandson, Chris."

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