English born Evelyn Campbell came with her parents to New York in the early 1870s. As a girl she trained in the Lyceum Acting School and immediately became a touring actress in the Palmer Company playing in "Him the Penman." Campbell belonged to the ranks of actresses who were regarded vocal artists, virtuosoes of modulation, inflection, and phrasing. A supporting actress through most of her short career, she circulated among the Boston Museum Theatre Company, Charles Frohman's Lyceum Theatre players, and Henry A. Dixey's Gilbert & Sullivan touring companies. Highlights of her career included "The Sportsman," "Jim, the Penman," "Little Lord Fauntleroy" in which she played Mrs. Errol, and "Iolanthe."
In 1894 she retired from the stage, relocated to Scotland where she lived with her titled relations and enlivened genteel society. Her finest role was her last, Lady Windermere in Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan" at the Chestnut Theatre in Philadelphia in January 1894. David S. Shields/ALS