Eve Arden

Birthday:
04/30/1908
Place of birth:
Mill Valley, California, U.S.:
Biography:
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)

Credits

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

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