Evelyn Marjorie Kunze

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Evelyn Marjorie Kunze (Baldwin)

Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: College Point, Queens County, New York, USA
Death: November 2, 2004 (94)
Lewbeach, Sullivan County, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Albert Baldwin and Sarah Baldwin
Wife of Werner P. Kunze
Ex-wife of D. W. Griffith
Sister of Valda E. Wells and Carl H. Baldwin

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About Evelyn Marjorie Kunze

Evelyn Baldwin Griffith (1910-2004) met Griffith in 1927 when she accompanied her mother to a charity event at the Astor Hotel in New York where Griffith was living, and he told her that he wanted to cast her as Little Nell in a film he was planning of The Old Curiosity Shop (she would go on to act in only one film, a small role in Griffith’s last feature, The Struggle). It would take another two years for their relationship to develop into romance, but Griffith was unable to dissolve his early first marriage, which had become a drain on his finances because of the constant money demands of his wife. He was finally able to obtain a divorce and marry Evelyn in April of 1936, one week before he received his honorary Oscar. But the thirty-plus year difference in their ages and Griffith’s increasing dependency on alcohol put an enormous strain on their relationship, and they were divorced in 1947, one year before his death. She later remarried.


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Evelyn Marjorie Kunze's Timeline

February 24, 1910
College Point, Queens County, New York, USA
November 2, 2004
Age 94
Lewbeach, Sullivan County, New York, USA