Colleen Townsend is a Actor American born on 21 december 1928 at Glendale (USA)
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Birth name Colleen Lucille TownsendNationality USABirth 21 december 1928
(92 years) at Glendale (USA
Colleen Townsend (born December 21, 1928 in Glendale, California) is an American actress, author and humanitarian.
Townsend began a film career in 1944, appearing in minor roles in several films. By 1946, she was appearing on the cover of magazines, and in 1947 was signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox. She was the subject of a cover story for Life in 1948, which discussed the way in which major studios groomed and manufactured their stars, using Townsend's story as an example. The studio created a photographic calendar for her, to "put [her] face in every home, office and barracks in America all year around." Hedda Hopper was also quoted as saying that Townsend was "going places."
She played a featured role in the film The Walls of Jericho (1948), and was billed third behind Dan Dailey and Celeste Holm in Chicken Every Sunday (1949). Her biggest success was in the 1950 film When Willie Comes Marching Home, in which she was paired with Dan Dailey. Again... Pioneers (1950) provided her with her first lead role.
She grew up attending the LDS Church and in 1948 became a committed Christian and became active in the Hollywood Presbyterian Church. In 1950, Townsend left her acting career and married long-time friend Louis H. Evans, Jr. who was a seminary student at the time at San Francisco Theologic Seminary. Rev. Louis Evans was the founding pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church, which began in the Evans home. Bel Air Presbyterian Church exists today as the largest Presbyterian congregation in the Los Angeles area and has a beautiful and welcoming location on Mulholland Drive. Colleen was part of the groundbreaking on that location.
Later, the couple became associated with Billy Graham. Townsend, now billed as "Colleen Evans", returned to films briefly, starring in two films produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Oiltown, U.S.A. (1950) and Souls in Conflict (1955).
Thereafter she dedicated herself to humanitarian works, specifically in relation to racial or religious discrimination, human rights, and in furthering the role of women in society. She and her family relocated to Washington to work on improving relationships with the African-American community. She served as the first female chair of the Billy Graham Crusade in 1986.
As "Colleen Townsend Evans" she is the author of several books.
Colleen Evans now lives in Fresno, California.
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