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Mrs Yvonne Evelyn Hughes Godowsky
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Birth: 1900
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 26, 1950
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Hughes appeared in films with Gloria Swanson and once danced with Rudolph Valentino. Her movie appearances came in 1923 and 1924. She had roles in the movies "Lawful Larceny," "Zaza," "Big Brother," "A Society Scandal," and "Monsieur Beaucaire." She also appeared in Broadway hits "Rosalie" and "Rio Rita."

In 1928, Hughes married Gordon (Gutram) Godowsky, son of pianst/composer Leopold Godowsky. The marriage lasted one year. In December 1932, Godowsky committed suicide over financial trouble.

On December 26, 1950, Hughes was murdered in the New York City hotel room of Birger Nordkvist, a Swedish apple picker who worked for a western New York cider firm. Earlier that night, Nordkvist got into a cab driven by John McDonald, who had lived with Hughes for fourteen years. McDonald offered to take him to the Ashland Hotel, where he kept a room. Nordkvist met Hughes, who demonstrated some old dance routines for him, and they drank beer through the night and into the next morning; all the while, McDonald was driving his taxi. After Hughes rebuffed Nordkvist advances, Nordkvist strangled her by tying his handkerchief around her throat and stuffing a silk scarf into her mouth. Nordkvist was arrested in Utica, New York where he went after leaving the hotel.

La Crosse Tribune, The | La Crosse, Wisconsin | Wednesday, December 27, 1950 | Page 12

Former Ziegfeld Follies Girl Slain

NEW YORK --(AP)-- Investigation of the strangulation slaying of a former Ziegfeld follies showgirl turned to Utica, N.Y., Wednesday after an apple picker was arrested there for questioning in the case.

The body of Evelyn (Yvonne) HUGHES, about 50, was found Tuesday in a Manhattan hotel room rented by Birger NORDKVIST, 41, on Christmas eve.

Several hours after finding of the body, NORDKVIST was taken into custody at Utica. He was picked up after he asked a hotel manager there to telephone the New York hotel for him and find out if there had been any "trouble" Monday.

The call was intercepted by police at the hotel here, the Ashland. no charge was lodged against NORDKVIST, who is from Hamlin, N.Y.

Miss Hughes appeared in Broadway hits "Rio Rita" and "Rosalie" and with Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in movies.
Family links: 
  Gutram Godowsky (1905 - 1932)
McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Researcher
Record added: May 29, 2011
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Mrs Yvonne Evelyn <i>Hughes</i> Godowsky
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