While he went off to war, Ankers' signature blood-curdling scream heightened the tension in such horror flicks as The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942; with Lon Chaney Jr.and Bela Lugosi), The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944; with Jon Hall), and The Frozen Ghost (1945; with Lon Chaney Jr.).Born in Chile to English parents on August 17, 1918, beautiful actress Evelyn Ankers found fame in the 1940s as Universal's reigning scream queen.Upon her parents' relocation to England in the 1920s, Ankers began harboring a desire to act.
Married to actor Richard Denning in 1942, she virtually retired from film in 1950 and moved with her husband to Hawaii in 1968.
After bowing out of films in 1950, while raising her daughter Ankers worked sporadically in the then-new medium of television, finally retiring from acting in the late 1950s.
She and Richard Denning moved to Hawaii in the 1960s, and the couple enjoyed a marriage that lasted until her death from cancer on August 29, 1985, at the age of 67.
She also acted with husband Richard Denning in the 20th Century Fox release Black Beauty (1946).
By 1950, Ankers had settled into married life and motherhood and walked away from her film career.
Ankers also had trouble on the set when she passed out from the odors given off by the fog machine during the film's climax.