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This page shows a summarised version of Evelyn Dall's life and career.

I am also researchng a complete version of her career and you can find the list of the periods I am still attempting to clarify on my Wanted page.

08-Jan-18 Evelyn Mildred Fuss, born in the Bronx, New York City, daughter of a Manhattan postal clerk Isadore. Evelyn also had a brother Robert born in 1921. (Evelyn chose her stage name from President Roosevelt's grandchildren).
1933 Left school (aged 15)
1933 Paramount Theatre, New York aged 15 (Al Seigel singing coach)
Nov-33 Appearing in comedy act Fields, Marvin and Dall 'The Side-splitting Funsters'
02-Feb-34 (Release date) Warner Bros. Comedy Film Short (22 minutes) 'The Inventors'
Mar-34 Evelyn Dall broadcasting on radio
Jun-34 Evelyn Dall appears in Billy Rose's Revue at the Casino de Paris, New York
26-Jun-34 In Milton Berle's Show at Shea's Buffalo Theater, Buffalo, New York (1 week)
Jul-34 Al Siegel, producer, pianist and arranger meets Evelyn at a social function. This led to an audition, a personal contract and coaching. Siegel arranges for her to be engaged by Felix Ferry for his planned Monte Carlo Follies show. Rehearsals start in July.
Late July-34 'Follies' cast sail to Monte Carlo
01-Aug-34 Monte Carlo Follies opens with Evelyn as principal, Evelyn Kelly, 16 girl dancers, and the Robinson Twins.
01-Oct-34 Monte Carlo Follies at the Rex Cinema, Paris, then travel to London.
04-Oct-34 Monte Carlo Follies open at the New Silver Restaurant, Grosvenor House, London. (This is where Bert Ambrose sees her perform). The show is accompanied by Sydney Lipton and his band.
18-Dec-34 Evelyn boards the Aquitania bound for New York
26-Apr-35 Evelyn signed up to appear in the show 'Parade' - with try outs in Boston and on Broadway, New York which closes 22 June after 40 performances.   Cast includes Eve Arden, Jimmy Savo, Ralph Riggs, J. Elliot Leonard. Evelyn sings "I'm All Washed Up On Love" with Ralph Riggs and solos on "Selling Sex" and I'm An International Orphan." 
12-Jun-35 Evelyn signed up to appear in some of the 130 film shorts planned by Warner Bros during the 1935-36 season
02-Jul-35 Start of filming of the film short 'Doorman's Opera' (at Vitaphone Studio, Brooklyn). Charlotte Aarton, Ray Heatherton, Thelma Leeds featured. Director, Roy Mack.
Jul-35 Vitaphone Musical Film short 'Tickets Please'. It is known that Evelyn made another 3 film shorts for Warner Bros at this time.
Jul-35 Evelyn Dall in a night club act appearing at the Manhattan Music Hall where she is contacted by Ambrose to join his orchestra and she accepts. 
10-Aug-35 Broadcast with the Ambrose orchestra on the first night of arrival in England 
11-Aug-35 Tower Ballroom, Blackpool - second day in England - first public appearance in front of 5,000 fans sings 'South American Joe' to a great response. Tour of England and Scotland
31-Aug-35 Birkenhead Advertiser reports listeners are anxious to know about Evelyn Dall who has "taken the country by storm"
25-Sep-35 First recording session with Ambrose and his orchestra (3 titles: - Mrs. Worthington, Cohen the Crooner, Lulu's Back in Town)
01-Feb-36 Release date of film 'Soft Lights & Sweet Music' (2 songs: - Lost My Rhythm, Lost My Music, Lost My Man, I'm All In).
01-Feb-36 Evelyn is interviewed for Musical Pictorial March 1936 magazine. She is watched being handed the baton by Ambrose and rehearses the band for the forthcoming Variety stage show tour where she will conduct the band. 
14-Sep-36 Evelyn marries Ambrose's manager 'Mr Holmes' to satisfy regulations to stay in Britain 
14-Sep-36 May Fair Hotel, London. Start of residency at , Ambrose orchestra with regular Saturday night broadcasts 
10-Dec-36 First TV appearance Starlight (with Ambrose and his orchestra) 
01-Dec-36 Evelyn voted second place in Melody Maker poll (female dance band vocalists) behind Elsie Carlisle who she replaced with Ambrose).
25-Jan-37 Start of short UK tour
Mar-37 Release date of film 'Calling All Stars' (2 songs: - Organ Grinder's Swing, I Don't Wanna Get Hot)
16-Feb-37 Judgement in Evelyn's favour at Westminster County Court over damages claimed by Foster's Agency and her American agent for 10% of her earnings. Evelyn contented she received no benefit from them. Evelyn was described as Evelyn Holmes and earning £50 per week. the latter 'startled' the Judge.
Mar-37 Start residency at Ciro's Club (with once fortnightly broadcasts)
05-Apl-37 Concerts in Paris at the American Embassy and Bois de Boulogne gardens
28-Jul-37 Closed at Ciro's
Jul-37 Release date of film 'Sing as You Swing' (3 songs: - Sing as You Swing, Let's Dance, That's As Far As It Goes)
Aug-37 Appear at Chez Victor, Cannes 
27-Sep-37 Evelyn starts filming a production provisionally named 'Calling All-Stars' but Evelyn walks out of filming and is described as 'temperamental' and earning £200 per week. This is the start of a slander case involving Daniel Fish (film agent) and Ambrose. 
Nov-37 Film 'Kicking The Moon Around' aka 'The Playboy'. Evelyn sings 'No Songs About Love', 'You're What's the Matter With Me', 'It's the Rhythm in Me.
Nov-37 Evelyn voted second place in Melody Maker poll (female dance band vocalists) behind Mary Lee
Dec-37 Café de Paris residency with Ambrose
15-Jun-38 Phillips Short Animated Film (1 title: - The Rhythm's OK In Harlem ) 
Apr-38 Ambrose disbands orchestra and takes a small band to Cannes, France
01-Jun-38 Buckingham Palace, Royal Derby Night Ball performance ED sang to 1,000 famous guests songs including "Nice Work If You Can Get It" with Ambrose and his "Prince's Restaurant Orchestra." Evelyn was dressed in a backless blue satin evening gown.
09-Jul-38 Closes at Café de Paris
11-Jul-38 Ambrose's Swing Octet Start of extensive countrywide tour which includes Holland and Belgium and Ireland
Nov-39 ED again voted runner up female vocalist (Melody Maker)
22-Nov-39 May Fair Hotel Ambrose returns for a new residency. 
29-Jan-40 Pathetone Film Short no.513 (with Ambrose) (1 song: - FDR Jones)
07-Apr-40 Gaumont State, Kilburn, Evelyn with Ambrose Octet, Vera Lynn and Jack Cooper in Annual Jazz Jamboree (promoted by MU). Also on the bill Al Bowlly singing with Maurice Winnick.
06-May-40 Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre. Premiere of the show 'Present Arms' by Noel Gay starring Arthur Askey and Evelyn. Featuring George Gee, Billy Bennett and Wylie Watson. Plus: Max Bacon and Phyllis Monkman. Evelyn sang 'Oomph', 'I'm All In' and with Max Wall 'Might Be'. 
13-May-40 Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Opening 'Present Arms' 
31-Aug-40 Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Close of 'Present Arms' after 208 performances
15-Sep-40 1st broadcast with Ambrose from the May Fair of new residency
20-Nov-40 King's Theatre, Edinburgh. (Opening night - Friday curtain up at 6.45pm) Evelyn performs in the pantomime 'Robinson Crusoe' until mid January 1941 with Elsie Bowers, Jewell and Wariss
13-Jan-41 Start of Ambrose's "Stars of Radio Show" extensive theatre tour at Birmingham Hippodrome. Evelyn, Sam Browne and Max Bacon (With breaks to allow time to appear in film roles)
28-Aug-41 Release date of film 'He Found A Star' (2 songs: - Costa Rhumba, Salome )
Dec-42 Release date of film 'King Arthur Was A Gentleman' (3 songs: - You'll Love the Army, Got a Bee In My Bonnet, Actions Speak Louder Than Words)
15-Dec-42 Royal Court, Liverpool (Tuesday night) Kenneth Duffield presents a new Ronald Jeans revue 'Green for Piccadilly' with Reginald Pardell, Hetty King and Jay Laurier and Betty Huntley Wright
24-Dec-42 'Green for Piccadilly' at the Ambassadors Theatre (Victoria, London?)
May-43 Release date of film 'Miss London Ltd' (2 songs: - A Fine How Do You Do, Keep Cool Calm and Collect)
22-Dec-43 King's Glasgow (For Four and a half weeks) Evelyn is the star in Cole Porter's show Something for the Boys (Start of the provincial tour)
Feb-44 Release date of film 'Time Flies' (2 songs) 
30-Mar-44 London Coliseum. Evelyn opens the West End run of 'Something for the Boys' with Jack and Daphne Barker.
20-May-44 Something for the Boys closes
01-Feb-45 VIP Commonwealth TV Demonstration, Alexandria Palace
28-Aug-45 The Palace, Manchester. First night of Evelyn and Arthur Askey in Jack Hylton's production of 'Follow the Girls'. Songs included 'I Wanna Get Married'. Also stars Wendy Toye, Hugh French, Jackie Billings and Vic Marlowe. Provinces tour follows.
25-Oct-45 Her Majesty's Theatre, London 'Follow the Girls' opens (Thursday night).
1945 Evelyn meets Bobby Cohen, an American G.I. in London during this period and they start dating. 
25-Feb-46 Personality: Meet Evelyn Dall Pathe Short BP 250246138824
08-Mar-46 Buckingham Palace. Ambrose and his orchestra with Evelyn Dall play for the second time
Jun-46 Monte Carlo with Ambrose and his orchestra 
18-Jul-46 'Follow the Girls' still running. (Thanks again Lynda Adams)
21-Oct-46 ED returns to New York as Evelyn Holmes on the HMS Queen Elizabeth from Southampton with Bobby Cohen. Ambrose also travels with them. Evelyn meets Sam, Bobby's best friend back home in America. Eventually Sam proposes marriage and she says yes. 
11-Oct-48 Daughter Mary Lee born. Bobby Cohen's middle name was "Lee" and Sam and Evelyn named their daughter "Mary Lee" in his honour.
29-Jun-50 Son Brian born. 
1968/69 Evelyn and Sam move to Miami Beach. 
20-Jul-74 Husband Sam dies. 
17-Dec-80 Evelyn moves to Jupiter Fla. 
Jul-02 Brian (Evelyn's son) takes her by train from Florida to Arizona to live nearer her daughter.
Nov-06 Evelyn suffers a broken hip due to a fall and moved to a Nursing Home to recuperate.
10-Mar-10 Evelyn passes away in Phoenix, Arizona. 
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