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Evelyn Nelson (November 13, 1899 - June 16, 1923) was an American film actress of the silent motion picture era. She was born in Chloride, Arizona.

Nelson's brief film career began with a 1920 comedy short called Springtime. The actress played the role of the daughter to The Commissioner, who was portrayed by Oliver Hardy. Her screen credits number only fifteen. Nelson was last seen in the western, Desert Rider (1923), in the role of Carolyn Grey.

In 1923 the actress was found dead in a gas-filled room by her mother, Mrs. George P. Nelson. The two women resided at 6281 De Longpre Avenue in Los Angeles, California. The body was found after the mother returned from a visit to her brother-in-law Charles L. King. The star of Hollywood comedies had not been seen for days and it was presumed she had been dead for some time.

Nelson left two notes in her room which were found by police. One stated she intended to end her life because she was tired. The other said I am just about gone and will soon be with my friend Wally, Wallace Reid. Reid was a very popular actor who died after a struggle with narcotics dependency, just a few months before Evelyn.

Police began an investigation into the death of Evelyn Nelson. She was 23 years of age.

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