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Eve Arden

1908-04-30 Mill Valley, California, U.S.

Image of Eve Arden


Eve was born just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice Quedens, she found that the stage offered her the same minor roles. By the mid 30s, one of these minor roles would attract notice as a comedy sketch in the stage play "Ziegfeld Folies". By that time, she had changed her name to Eve Arden. In 1937, she attracted some attention with a small role in Oh, Doctor (1937) which led to her being cast in a minor role in the film Stage Door (1937). By the time the film was finished, her part had expanded into the wise-cracking, fast-talking friend to the lead. She would play virtually the character for most of her career. While her sophisticated wise-cracking would never make her the lead, she would be a busy actress in dozens of movies over the next dozen years. In At the Circus (1939), she was the acrobatic Peerless Pauline opposite Groucho Marx and the Russian sharp shooter in the comedy The Doughgirls (1944). For her role as Ida in Mildred Pierce (1945), she received an Academy Award nomination. Famous for her quick ripostes, this led to work in Radio during the 40s. In 1948, CBS Radio premiered "Our Miss Brooks", which would be the perfect show for her character. As her film career began to slow, CBS would take the popular radio show to television in 1952. The television series Our Miss Brooks (1952) would run through 1956 and led to he movie Our Miss Brooks (1956). When the show ended, she tried another television series, The Eve Arden Show (1957), but it was soon canceled. In the 60s, Eve raised a family and did a few guest roles, until her come-back television series The Mothers-In-Law (1967). This show, co-starring Kaye Ballard ran for two seasons. After that, she would make more unsold pilots, a couple of television movies and a few guest shots. She returned in occasional cameo appearances including the Principal McGee in Grease (1978), and Warden June in Pandemonium (1982), showing that she still had the wise-cracks and screen presence to bring back the fond memories of Miss Connie Brooks. Date of Death 12 November 1990 , Los Angeles, California  (cardiac arrest due to arteriosclerotic heart disease)


The Grease Story Principal McGee 2017-11-05
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker 1991-10-28
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck Self 1987-04-01
Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary Herself 1986-01-14
Cinderella Stepmother 1985-08-14
Grease 2 Principal McGee 1982-06-11
Pandemonium Warden June 1982-04-01
Under the Rainbow The Duchess 1981-07-31
A Guide for the Married Woman Employment Lady 1978-10-13
Grease Principal McGee 1978-07-07
The Strongest Man in the World Harriet 1975-02-06
All My Darling Daughters Miss Freeling, the Wedding Counselor 1972-11-22
A Very Missing Person Hildegarde Withers 1972-03-04
In Name Only Aunt Theda Reeson 1969-11-25
Sergeant Dead Head Lieutenant Kinsey 1965-08-18
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Lottie Lacey 1960-09-28
Anatomy of a Murder Maida Rutledge 1959-07-01
Our Miss Brooks Miss Constance 'Connie' Brooks 1956-04-24
The Lady Wants Mink Gladys Jones 1953-03-29
We're Not Married! Katie Woodruff 1952-07-11
Three Husbands Lucille McCabe 1951-03-08
Goodbye, My Fancy Miss 'Woody' Woods 1951-05-19
Curtain Call at Cactus Creek 1950-05-24
Tea for Two Pauline Hastings 1950-09-01
Paid in Full Tommy Thompson 1950-02-15
The Costume Designer 1950-07-13
My Dream Is Yours Vivian Martin 1949-04-15
The Lady Takes a Sailor Susan Wayne 1949-12-16
One Touch of Venus Molly Stewart 1948-08-01
Whiplash Chris Sherwood 1948-12-24
The Voice of the Turtle Olive Lashbrooke 1947-12-25
The Arnelo Affair Vivian Delwyn 1947-02-13
The Unfaithful Paula 1947-07-01
Song of Scheherazade Madame de Talavera 1947-02-26
My Reputation Ginna Abbott 1946-01-25
The Kid from Brooklyn Ann Westly 1946-03-21
Night and Day Gabrielle 1946-07-02
Blow-Ups of 1946 Self 1946-01-01
Earl Carroll Vanities Tex Donnelly 1945-04-05
Pan-Americana Helen 'Hoppy' Hopkins 1945-03-22
Patrick the Great Jean Matthews 1945-05-04
Mildred Pierce Ida Corwin 1945-10-20
The Doughgirls Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff 1944-11-25
Cover Girl Cornelia 'Stonewall' Jackson 1944-03-22
Let's Face It Maggie Watson 1943-08-04
Hit Parade of 1943 Belinda Wright 1943-03-26
Obliging Young Lady 'Space' OShea, aka Suwanee Rivers 1942-04-01
Sing for Your Supper Barbara Stevens 1941-12-04
Manpower Dolly 1941-08-09
San Antonio Rose Gabby Trent 1941-06-20
Whistling in the Dark 'Buzz' Baker 1941-08-08
Ziegfeld Girl Patsy Dixon 1941-04-25
That Uncertain Feeling Sally Aikens 1941-04-20
Bedtime Story Virginia Cole 1941-12-25
She Knew All the Answers Sally Long 1941-05-13
She Couldn't Say No Alice Hinsdale 1940-12-07
Comrade X Jane Wilson 1940-12-13
No, No, Nanette Kitty 1940-12-19
Women in the Wind Kit Campbell 1939-04-15
At the Circus Peerless Pauline 1939-10-20
Eternally Yours Gloria 1939-10-07
Big Town Czar Susan Warren 1939-05-03
A Child Is Born Miss Pinty 1939-12-07
Slightly Honorable Miss Ater 1939-12-22
The Forgotten Woman Carrie Ashburn 1939-07-07
Letter of Introduction Cora Phelps 1938-08-05
Having Wonderful Time Henrietta 1938-07-01
Cocoanut Grove Sophie De Lemma 1938-05-20
Stage Door Eve 1937-10-07
Oh, Doctor Shirley Truman 1937-03-31
Dancing Lady Marcia (uncredited) 1933-11-24