The Oracle of Baal

he most puzzling aspect of Rosalinda Evelyn’s suicide was that she had shot herself in the head with a Magnum 8mm automatic just five hours after having won the Critics’ Choice award for best actress. Her Hedda Gabler, which played for three consecutive sea sons at the Drury Lane, was praised by critics as “a pure embodiment of Ibsen’s character — coltish, sexy, and dangerous.” At age 46, Evelyn still had what it took to bring the occupants of the cheap seats to their feet and the groundling.

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