Evelyne Anderson is a Winnipeg actress, singer, and theatrical pioneer. She was born on December 24, 1929, and appeared in more that 100 shows in a career that spanned over 50 years.
Evie trained at the Bristol Old Vic, and subsequently appeared in the West End alongside Peter O'Toole. She returned to Winnipeg and played Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, Rainbow Stage's first full production. Other major leading roles followed in Winnipeg and across Canada, including 52 roles at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, 25 appearances at Rainbow Stage, and appearances at Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Shaw Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, Neptune Theatre, Charlottetown Festival, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre and many others. A mother of three, (her daughter is opera and theatre director Maria Lamont) Evie was invited by John Hirsch to join the Stratford Festival company in the early 80s, but she chose to remain in Winnipeg to raise her family.
Notable roles include: Anna in The King and I (which she performed in four separate productions at Rainbow Stage, in Memphis, Tennessee, and in Fredericton for Theatre New Brunswick), Madame Dubonnet in The Boy Friend, Marian in The Music Man, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Maria Trapp in The Sound of Music, Agnes in I Do, I Do, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and Maggie in Johnny Belinda. Other appearances include Look Back in Anger (her Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre debut), Ladies in Retirement (Shaw Festival), and Primrose School District 109 (Prairie Theatre Exchange). She also made numerous appearances on film and television including The Adventures of Shirley Holmes.
She retired from the stage in 2009. In 2012, she was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Actors' Equity Association.