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Evelyn Rudie

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Evelyn Rudie

Evelyn Rudie (b. March 28, 1949, Los Angeles, California) is a playwright, director, songwriter, film and television actress and teacher. Since 1973, she has been the co-artistic director of the Santa Monica Playhouse. As an award-winning costume designer, she uses the pseudonym Ashley Hayes. In 1956, Rudie became an overnight star with her performance in the title role of Eloise on television's Playhouse 90. It brought her critical acclaim, much press coverage and an Emmy nomination at age six—the first time a child actress was so honored. She returned to Playhouse 90 the following year portraying the young Perle Mesta in The Hostess with the Mostest. The television Eloise was an adaptation of the popular book by Kay Thompson, which owed much to the delicate line illustrations of Hilary Knight. The marketing of Eloise and the subsequent book sequels practically always featured the illustrations of Knight, and numerous photographs were published in the 1950s of Rudie in the role.

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  • Born: March 28, 1949, Los Angeles, California

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