Wyn Ritchie Evans, performer and wife of Oscar-winning songwriter Ray Evans, died April 11 at her Beverly Hills home. She was 102.
Brighton, England, native was the daughter of musical hall stars Billie and Winifred Ritchie. When the Ritchies came to America to tour top vaudeville circuits, Charlie Chaplin acted as a replacement for Billie, as their acts were similar.
Wyn Ritchie followed her parents into showbiz, doing considerable theater work in Hollywood, particularly with Leila Rogers, Ginger Rogers’ mom, and also with Betty Furness.
She was also active in art circles, working with the Horton Dance Theater, which included Bella Lewitsky and Rudy Gernreich. She also associated with top designer Herman Sachs, who worked with Max Reinhardt in Berlin.
Additionally she frequented architectural circles that included Richard Neutra, udolph Schinder, John Lautner and Gregory Ain.
Her 56th wedding anniversary with Evans would have been April 19. Evans, partnered for decades with songwriter Jay Livingston, won best song Oscars three times (for “Que Sera, Sera,” “Mona Lisa” and “Buttons and Bows) and was nommed an additional four times.
Services were private.