Evelyn McGee Colbert is an actress, theater producer and director who appeared in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. She is also known as the wife of popular American TV host Stephen Colbert. They often work together on common projects.
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Early life and family
Evelyn Brabham McGee was born on July 23, 1963 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, so she has American nationality and her zodiac sign is Leo. Evelyn’s father worked as a litigator for the firm of “Buist Smythe McGee”; nothing is known about her mother but it is known that Evelyn comes from a very established family. From her early years, Evelyn enjoys performing; she took every opportunity to sing a song to her grandparents or even play a small part in a school musical production.
Her passion for performing made her choose acting career as her future professional path.
Evelyn checked into her classroom all girls high school in Charleston in 1981. She then enrolled in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1985, majoring in English and Drama (Evelyn was a double major). She also graduated from Circle in the Square Theater School.
Evelyn began her career performing on stage at various US theaters. She quickly understood that she was also interested in working on the other side of the spotlight, so she tried herself as a director and producer.
In 2009, she co-produced the comedy “Circumcise Me”, the play by Yisrael Campbell, with Eva Price of Maximum Entertainment Productions, who also starred in it. Staged at The Bleecker Street Theatre, the production was a huge success. In 2010, Evelyn produced a special reading of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” performed by her husband, Stephen Colbert, trying himself in a dramatic role new to him after so many years of his comic book experience. Evelyn and another actor, Jay O. Sanders, also joined Stephen in the three-person lecture. In 2013, Evelyn was an executive producer for the television version of the New York Philharmonic’s concert, where she performed the musical “Company” directed by Stephen Sondheim. Evelyn’s husband got the role of Harry in this performance.
Since 2017, Evelyn has appeared as an actress in the Emerson String Quartet’s production “Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy”, which tells the story of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s struggles with challenges and tribulations as he writes an opera about Anton. Chekhov’s “Black Monk”. Evelyn played Margarita Shostakovich, Varvara Nikolayevna and some other roles in this production. The play was moderately successful and was due to be staged again in 2020 with Evelyn in the cast, also starring David Strathairn as Shostakovich, but the performances were canceled due to the global quarantine.
Other theater and production activities
Evelyn worked for many years in a non-profit theater.
She also held the position of director of development for the Remains Theater of Chicago and for the Drama League of New York. At Spartina Productions, Evelyn works as an independent film producer. Evelyn serves on the founding board of Montclair Film and recently became the chairman of the board. Evelyn serves on the board of the International African American Museum, located in Charleston, South Carolina.
TV and cinematography career
Evelyn didn’t land her first role on TV until 1999, debuting as Nurse Chestnut in the TV short film “Strangers with Candy: Retardation, a Celebration.” Later, she also appeared in a few episodes of the sequel to this short film, which became a three-season series “Strangers with Candy”, starring Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello.
The comedy about a former 46-year-old drug-addicted woman, who returns to high school as a freshman to complete her education, was quite popular; however, the ratings were not as high as the producers wanted, so the series was canceled in 2000. In 2005, the movie “Strangers with Candy” was released, starring Evelyn as Clair Noblet.
In 2013, Evelyn landed the role of the Laketown Spy in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, the second movie of the adventure fantasy trilogy based on the book “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” by John RR Tolkien. The film was a huge success, grossing over $1 billion at the box office.
In 2014, Evelyn appeared in two episodes of the “Alpha House” series, starring John Goodman and Clark Johnson; she appeared in the episodes “In the Saddle” as a correspondent and “The Nuptials” as Booker.
From 2015 to 2020, Evelyn appeared in several episodes of her husband’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.
Personal life, husband Stephen Colbert
Both Evelyn and Stephen Colbert were surprised to discover that although they met in their early 20s, their parents knew each other and lived in the same neighborhood, yet went to different schools. When they first met, Stephen had it a tough period in his relationship with his girlfriend at the time, who wanted Stephen to make a choice – marry her or divorce her. Undecided about the next step in his life, Stephen took a break and went to visit his parents, who still live in Charleston. To entertain himself during that reflection time, Stephen went to the Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg musical “Hydrogen Jukebox”, where he occasionally met Evelyn in line for the theater cafe.
‘Hair. That’s your wife. You’re going to marry her,” Stephen later recalled the thoughts that came to his mind as soon as he saw Evelyn. He was brave enough to finally say hi to her, and the pair began dating. They married in 1993 and in 1995 Evelyn gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Madeline. In 1998, the couple welcomed their second child, a son, Peter, and in 2002, Evelyn gave birth to their third child and second son, John.
Evelyn admits that her husband Stephen Colbert is very romantic
In 2012, Evelyn and Stephen were interviewed for her by the legendary Oprah Winfrey to show “Oprah’s Next Chapter”. In that interview, Evelyn recalls that Stephen wasn’t making much money at the time they met and got married, and she was a little afraid of that, but then things went just right, and Evelyn didn’t have to worry about money.
She also shared that she was impressed by how smart he was, how generous he was. Evelyn also states that her husband is very romantic. She shared her memories of when Stephen had to learn to play the baritone horn for one of the plays he was in, and he only had six days before using the instrument on stage; when Evelyn was waiting for Stephen to come to her house (since they were due to meet that day), she surprisingly saw him standing at her window (Evelyn lived on the ground floor) and serenading her – he finally learned baritone horn playing, although he never attempted to play brass instruments.
Who is Stephen Colbert?
Born on May 13, 1964, the husband of Evelyn, Stephen Tyrone Colbert is a popular actor, producer, writer and comedian. His show “The Colbert Report” ran from 2005 to 2014 and eventually changed to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.
In his late twenties, he was an improv theater actor. He first tried himself as a writer in 1999, while preparing the script for the series “Strangers with Candy”, also landing the role of the history teacher named Chuck Noblet in the series. Stephen was also in the cast of “The Daily Show”, launched by Comedy Central, but his greatest success has always been his own show, for which he received an invitation to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, where Stephen performed. The list of his accolades includes two Peabody Awards, nine Primetime Emmys, and even two Grammys. In 2017, Stephen hosted the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Microsoft Theater.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Evelyn is a women’s rights activist; in 2017, she participated in Women Entrepreneurship Week at Montclair State University.
Thank you for this amazing birthday cake from Little Daisy Bakery! pic.twitter.com/WCfqQrZfMh
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) May 14, 2020
Evelyn’s list of hobbies includes walking, running and swimming. She also likes to spend her free time in the close circle of her relatives. Her favorite drink is black coffee and her favorite meal is pasta.
Appearance, clothing style
Evelyn has medium length dark brown hair and brown eyes. She is 1.70 m tall and weighs about 65 kg; her vital stats are currently unavailable. When it comes to her clothing style, Evelyn has always loved to wear long dresses; she captivated her husband on their first meeting with her long black lace dress, and Stephen still remembers how beautiful she looked when he first saw her. Evelyn’s favorite necklace is a pearl thread.
Wealth and salary
As of 2020, Evelyn’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 million while her husband, Stephen Colbert, has a fortune of $75 million, successfully launching his own show “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and some other side projects. Reportedly, he earns $15 million a year.