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)

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)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 91

Birthday 1908-04-30

Day of Death 1990-11-12

Place of Birth Mill Valley, California, U.S.

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Also Known As

  • Eunice Quedens

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 The Grease Story as Principal McGee
1991 Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker
1986 Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary as Herself
1985 Cinderella as Stepmother
1983 Masquerade (1 episode)
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre (1 episode) as The Stepmother
1982 Grease 2 as Principal McGee
1981 Falcon Crest (1 episode)
1981 Under the Rainbow as The Duchess
1980 The Dream Merchants (3 episodes) as Coralee
1979 Hart to Hart (1 episode)
1979 B. J. and the Bear (1 episode)
1978 A Guide for the Married Woman as Employment Lady
1978 Flying High (1 episode)
1978 Vega$ (1 episode)
1978 Grease as Principal McGee
1977 The Love Boat (2 episodes) as Brenda Watts
1975 Ellery Queen (1 episode)
1975 The Strongest Man in the World as Harriet
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (1 episode)
1972 All My Darling Daughters as Miss Freeling, The Wedding Counselor
1972 A Very Missing Person as Hildegarde Withers
1969 In Name Only as Aunt Theda Reeson
1969 The Liberace Show (1 episode)
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1 episode)
1967 The Mothers-in-Law (22 episodes) as Eve Hubbard
1965 Laredo (1 episode)
1965 Run for Your Life (1 episode)
1965 Sergeant Dead Head as Lieutenant Kinsey
1964 Bewitched (1 episode)
1963 Vacation Playhouse (1 episode)
1960 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs as Lottie Lacey
1959 Anatomy of a Murder as Maida Rutledge
1957 The Eve Arden Show (26 episodes)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (2 episodes)
1956 Our Miss Brooks as Miss Constance 'Connie' Brooks
1953 The Lady Wants Mink as Gladys Jones
1952 Our Miss Brooks (1 episode) as Connie Brooks
1952 We're Not Married! as Katie Woodruff
1951 I Love Lucy (1 episode)
1951 Goodbye, My Fancy as Miss 'Woody' Woods
1951 Three Husbands as Lucille McCabe
1950 Tea for Two as Pauline Hastings
1950 The Costume Designer
1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek
1950 Paid in Full as Tommy Thompson
1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor as Susan Wayne
1949 My Dream Is Yours as Vivian Martin
1948 Whiplash as Chris Sherwood
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (2 episodes)
1948 The Voice of the Turtle as Olive Lashbrooke
1948 One Touch of Venus as Molly Stewart
1947 The Unfaithful as Paula
1947 Song of Scheherazade as Madame de Talavera
1947 The Arnelo Affair as Vivian Delwyn
1946 Night and Day as Gabrielle
1946 The Kid from Brooklyn as Ann Westly
1946 My Reputation as Ginna Abbott
1946 Blow-Ups of 1946 as Herself
1945 Mildred Pierce as Ida Corwin
1945 Patrick the Great as Jean Matthews
1945 Earl Carroll Vanities as Tex Donnelly
1945 Pan-Americana as Helen 'Hoppy' Hopkins
1944 The Doughgirls as Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff
1944 Cover Girl as Cornelia 'Stonewall' Jackson
1943 Let's Face It as Maggie Watson
1943 Hit Parade of 1943 as Belinda Wright
1942 Obliging Young Lady as 'Space' OShea, aka Suwanee Rivers
1941 Bedtime Story as Virginia Cole
1941 Sing for Your Supper as Barbara Stevens
1941 Manpower as Dolly
1941 Whistling in the Dark as 'Buzz' Baker
1941 San Antonio Rose as Gabby Trent
1941 She Knew All the Answers as Sally Long
1941 Ziegfeld Girl as Patsy Dixon
1941 That Uncertain Feeling as Sally Aikens
1940 No, No, Nanette as Kitty
1940 Comrade X as Jane Wilson
1940 She Couldn't Say No as Alice Hinsdale
1939 Slightly Honorable as Miss Ater
1939 A Child Is Born as Miss Pinty
1939 At the Circus as Peerless Pauline
1939 Eternally Yours as Gloria
1939 Big Town Czar as Susan Warren
1939 Women in the Wind as Kit Campbell
1938 Letter of Introduction as Cora Phelps
1938 Having Wonderful Time as Henrietta
1938 Cocoanut Grove as Sophie De Lemma
1937 Stage Door as Eve
1937 Oh, Doctor as Shirley Truman
1933 Dancing Lady as Southern Actress Marcia (uncredited)

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