Edith Corse Evans (21 September, 1875 - 15 April 1912) was an American who died as a First Class passenger on the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. She was one of four women in the First Class to be perished, the others being Bess Allison, Ida Straus and Ann Isham.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Edith Evans was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a wealthy family. She was the second daughter of lawyer Cadwalader Evans and his wife, woman's rights activist Angeline Burr Corse.[1] She had a sister, Lena Cadwalader Evans, who was a renowned painter.

A long-time resident of New York, unmarried Edith was a member of The Colonial Dames of America and a descendant of Andrew Hamilton. She had great interest in genealogical studies.

Titanic[edit | edit source]

On the evening of April 10th, 1912 Edith Evans boarded the RMS Titanic at Cherbourg to return home from a family funeral in England.

When the lifeboats were first lowered, Edith Evans and Caroline Brown missed the opportunity to get to one in time. Another was prepared to set off at 2:09 am, which Evans and Brown reached. It has commonly been reported that there was not enough room for both of them in the boat so Edith persuaded Caroline to get in, even though Caroline repeatedly refused. However, Walter Lord stated in his 1955 book A Night to Remember that the boat was hurriedly lowered before Evans could get in. Additionally Collapsible D, the last functioning lifeboat, was not filled to capacity when lowered and was filled with about 30 people in a boat designed to accommodate 47. Its not understood whether or not Evans intentionally stepped aside before the boat was lowered.

Death[edit | edit source]

Edith Evans went down with the ship. She was last seen running across deck to board collapsible A, presumably because collapsible B was overturned. Witnesses say she was able to climb into collapsible A before falling out and dying of hypothermia. She was never identified among the recovered bodies.[2] On April 22nd, 1912; a memorial service was held for her at Grace Church in New York City, and a plaque was dedicated in her honor.[3][4]

In Popular Culture[edit | edit source]

1943 Film Titanic[edit | edit source]

Duchess of Canterville, 1943 Titanic fictional character, based off Edith Corse Evans

Duchess of Canterville, 1943 Titanic fictional character, based off Edith Corse Evans

The Duchess of Canterville, who befriends Sigrid seems to be based on a real life First Class passenger Edith Corse Evans, an American socialite who was terrified of water because she once received a fortune reading that stated she will die on water. Because of this, she refused to board a lifeboat and was one of only four women in First Class who perished in the sinking.

A Night To Remember 1958[edit | edit source]

6th Officer Moody, Edith Evans, and Caroline Brown in A Night to Remember (1958)

Edith Evans with Colonel Archibald Cracie in A Night to Remember (1958)

Edith Evans was portrayed by actress Olwen Brookes, she's appear during the loading of Collapsible D, along with Mrs. Caroline Brown. 6th Officer Moody said Collapsible D could hold only one more lady, Miss Evans convince Mrs. Brown to take her place because she's have children waiting at home. As the Collapsible D launched, Colonel Archibald Gracie ask her "Still here Miss Evans? We'll get you off on the next boat".

James Cameron 1997 Titanic[edit | edit source]

Edith Corse Evans in Titanic (1997)

Jack and Rose meet Caroline Brown, Colonel Archibald Gracie and Edith Corse Evans in Titanic (1997)

Edith Corse Evans in Titanic (1997)

Edith Evans make a small cameo along with Colonel Archibald Gracie and Mrs. Caroline Brown, while Rose and Jack looking for boats, Rose and Jack meet them and ask is there any boats left on the starboard side, Colonel Gracie said no but there's still 2 boat left on the forward boat deck and ask Rose to join with him, but Rose and Jack run forward before he could say something, leaving Colonel Gracie, Edith Evans, and Mrs. Brown behind. Later, we can see them Colonel Gracie, Edith Evans and Mrs. Brown waiting for Collapsible D (Rose boat), but only Mrs. Caroline Brown could get in. Leaving Edith Evans still remain on the ship. She's last seen waiting for Collapsible B, while Colonel Gracie gather some third class lady with them.

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