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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)


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Born:
Apr 30, 1908 In Mill Valley, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
81
First Appeared:
In the movie Dancing Lady 1933-11-24
Latest Project:
Movie Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary 1986-01-14
Known For
Filmography
Movie Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary Herself 1986-01-14
Movie Cinderella Stepmother 1985-08-14
Series Masquerade Unknown 1983-12-15
Movie Grease 2 Principal McGee 1982-06-11
Series Faerie Tale Theatre The Stepmother 1982-09-11
Series Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
Movie Under the Rainbow The Duchess 1981-07-31
Series The Dream Merchants Coralee 1980-05-12
Series B. J. and the Bear Unknown 1979-02-10
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Movie Grease Principal McGee 1978-07-07
Movie A Guide for the Married Woman Employment Lady 1978-10-13
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Movie The Strongest Man in the World Harriet 1975-02-06
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 1974-10-31
Movie In Name Only Aunt Theda Reeson 1969-11-25
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series The Mothers-in-Law Eve Hubbard 1967-09-10
Movie Sergeant Dead Head Lieutenant Kinsey 1965-08-18
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Movie The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Lottie Lacey 1960-09-28
Movie Anatomy of a Murder Maida Rutledge 1959-07-01
Movie Our Miss Brooks Miss Constance 'Connie' Brooks 1956-04-23
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie The Lady Wants Mink Gladys Jones 1953-03-29
Movie We're Not Married! Katie Woodruff 1952-07-11
Movie Three Husbands Lucille McCabe 1951-03-08
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-10-15
Movie Goodbye, My Fancy Miss 'Woody' Woods 1951-05-19
Movie Paid in Full Tommy Thompson 1950-02-15
Movie Curtain Call at Cactus Creek 1950-05-24
Movie The Costume Designer 1950-07-13
Movie Tea for Two Pauline Hastings 1950-09-02
Movie My Dream Is Yours Vivian Martin 1949-04-16
Movie The Lady Takes a Sailor Susan Wayne 1949-12-16
Movie One Touch of Venus Molly Stewart 1948-01-08
Movie The Voice of the Turtle Olive Lashbrooke 1948-02-28
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Whiplash Chris Sherwood 1948-12-24
Movie The Arnelo Affair Vivian Delwyn 1947-02-13
Movie Song of Scheherazade Madame de Talavera 1947-02-26
Movie The Unfaithful Paula 1947-06-05
Movie Blow-Ups of 1946 Herself 1946-01-01
Movie My Reputation Ginna Abbott 1946-01-26
Movie Night and Day Gabrielle 1946-07-02
Movie The Kid from Brooklyn Ann Westly 1946-03-21
Movie Pan-Americana Helen 'Hoppy' Hopkins 1945-03-22
Movie Earl Carroll Vanities Tex Donnelly 1945-04-05
Movie Patrick the Great Jean Matthews 1945-05-04
Movie Mildred Pierce Ida Corwin 1945-10-20
Movie Cover Girl Cornelia 'Stonewall' Jackson 1944-03-30
Movie The Doughgirls Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff 1944-11-25
Movie Hit Parade of 1943 Belinda Wright 1943-03-26
Movie Let's Face It Maggie Watson 1943-08-04
Movie Obliging Young Lady 'Space' OShea, aka Suwanee Rivers 1942-04-01
Movie She Knew All the Answers Sally Long 1941-05-13
Movie That Uncertain Feeling Sally Aikens 1941-04-20
Movie San Antonio Rose Gabby Trent 1941-06-20
Movie Ziegfeld Girl Patsy Dixon 1941-04-25
Movie Manpower Dolly 1941-08-09
Movie Whistling in the Dark 'Buzz' Baker 1941-08-08
Movie Bedtime Story Virginia Cole 1941-12-25
Movie Sing for Your Supper Barbara Stevens 1941-12-04
Movie She Couldn't Say No Alice Hinsdale 1940-12-07
Movie Comrade X Jane Wilson 1940-12-13
Movie No, No, Nanette Kitty 1940-12-19
Movie Big Town Czar Susan Warren 1939-05-03
Movie Women in the Wind Kit Campbell 1939-04-15
Movie Eternally Yours Gloria 1939-10-07
Movie At the Circus Peerless Pauline 1939-10-20
Movie A Child Is Born Miss Pinty 1939-12-07
Movie Slightly Honorable Miss Ater 1939-12-22
Movie Cocoanut Grove Sophie De Lemma 1938-05-20
Movie Having Wonderful Time Henrietta 1938-07-01
Movie Letter of Introduction Cora Phelps 1938-08-05
Movie Oh, Doctor Shirley Truman 1937-03-31
Movie Stage Door Eve 1937-10-08
Movie Dancing Lady Southern Actress Marcia (uncredited) 1933-11-24