Eve Arden

as Marcia - the Southern Actress in the movie Dancing Lady

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Real name is Eunice Quedens
Was born at 30 April 1908 in Mill Valley, California, USA . Died at 12 November 1990, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart failure due to arteriosclerotic heart disease and colorectal cancer)

Eve was born just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley and wasinterested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made herstage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. Afterappearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, EuniceQuedens, she found that the stage offered her the same minor roles. Bythe mid 30s, one of these minor roles would attract notice as a comedysketch in the stage play "Ziegfeld Folies".

By that time, she hadchanged her name to Eve Arden. In 1937, she attracted some attentionwith a small role in Oh, Doctor (1937) which led to her beingcast in a minor role in the film Stage Door (1937) . By the timethe film was finished, her part had expanded into the wise-cracking,fast-talking friend to the lead. She would play virtually the characterfor most of her career. While her sophisticated wise-cracking wouldnever make her the lead, she would be a busy actress in dozens ofmovies over the next dozen years.

In At the Circus (1939) , shewas the acrobatic Peerless Pauline opposite 'Groucho Marx' and theRussian sharp shooter in the comedy The Doughgirls (1944) . Forher role as Ida in Mildred Pierce (1945) , she received anAcademy Award nomination. Famous for her quick ripostes, this led towork in Radio during the 40s. In 1948, CBS Radio premiered "Our MissBrooks", which would be the perfect show for her character. As her filmcareer began to slow, CBS would take the popular radio show totelevision in 1952.

The television series "Our Miss Brooks" (1952) would run through 1956 and led to hemovie Our Miss Brooks (1956) . When the show ended, she triedanother television series, "The Eve Arden Show" (1957) , but itwas soon canceled. In the 60s, Eve raised a family and did a few guestroles, 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 makemore unsold pilots, a couple of television movies and a few guestshots.

She returned in occasional cameo appearances including thePrincipal McGee in Grease (1978) , and Warden June in Pandemonium (1982) , showing that she still had the wise-cracksand screen presence to bring back the fond memories of Miss ConnieBrooks. .

There is some small facts about Eve Arden:
  • Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, Section D, #81.
  • Adopted her stage name while looking over some cosmetics and spotting the names "Evening in Paris" and "Elizabeth Arden".
  • Often disguised her true age, but her tombstone was engraved by her family with the years "1908-1990", so she was 82 at her death.
  • One natural child: two girls and one boy were adopted. Her fourth child and second son, Douglas Brooks West, was born in September 1954, weighing 9 lbs., 4 oz.
  • Eve Arden was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • Was ill with advanced colorectal cancer at the time of her death.
  • Starred in several preview performances of one of Broadway's most notorious flops, "Moose Murders." After an argument with the author over her lines, she was replaced in the role of Hedda Holloway by 'Holland Taylor' . "Moose Murders" opened and closed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City on February 22, 1983.
  • In the film Anatomy of a Murder (1959) , her real-life husband, 'Brooks West' , plays the local prosecutor who goes up against defense attorney 'James Stewart (I)' .
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 22-24. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 26-27. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
  • While appearing in a stage play, during one performance she was about to launch into her big speech, as a wife berating her husband, when the prop telephone on the set rang. Correctly deducing that this was a practical joke arranged by the actor playing the husband, she grabbed up the phone, and without missing a beat ad-libbed along the lines of "Well, he's busy ... He really can't ... oh, very well ..." and then turned to her grinning cohort and wiped the smile off his face by snapping "It's for you!" and handing him the phone. She stood there tapping her foot while he ad-libbed a rather unconvincing conversation, and then, after he hung up, went on with the scene as if nothing had happened.
  • She was awarded three Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for Television, Radio and Film.
  • (1999) Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman.
  • Best remembered by the public for her starring role as the title character in "Our Miss Brooks" (1952) .
  • Acting mentor and friend of 'Gloria McMillan' .
  • Was a longtime friend of 'Jane Wyman' , who attended her funeral in 1990. Arden guest-starred opposite Wyman on "Falcon Crest" (1981) .
  • Her oldest three children were named Liza, Connie, and Duncan.
Also look some video clip about Eve Arden:
There is the list of movies, where Eve Arden was taked part:
1 Dancing Lady movie Dancing Lady 1933 as Marcia - the Southern Actress
2 Love, American Style movie Love, American Style 1969 as (segment "Love and the Contact Lens")
3 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show movie The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1956 as Herself - Guest
4 The Red Skelton Show movie The Red Skelton Show 1951 as Charm School Teacher
5 A Child Is Born movie A Child Is Born 1939 as Miss Pinty
6 A Gift of Music movie A Gift of Music 1981 as Herself - Host
7 A Guide for the Married Woman movie A Guide for the Married Woman 1978 as Employment lady
8 A Very Missing Person movie A Very Missing Person 1972 as Hildegarde Withers
9 All My Darling Daughters movie All My Darling Daughters 1972 as Miss Freeling, The Wedding Counselor
10 All-Star Party for Dutch Reagan movie All-Star Party for Dutch Reagan 1985 as Herself
11 Anatomy of a Murder movie Anatomy of a Murder 1959 as Maida Rutledge
12 At the Circus movie At the Circus 1939 as Peerless Pauline
13 Bedtime Story movie Bedtime Story 1941 as Virginia Cole
14 Big Town Czar movie Big Town Czar 1939 as Susan Warren
15 Bobby Vintons Rock n Rollers movie Bobby Vintons Rock n Rollers 1978 as Herself
16 Classic Comedy Teams movie Classic Comedy Teams 1986 as Peerless Penny (segment "The Marx Brothers")
17 Cocoanut Grove movie Cocoanut Grove 1938 as Sophie De Lemma
18 Comrade X movie Comrade X 1940 as Jane Wilson
19 Cover Girl movie Cover Girl 1944 as Cornelia Jackson
20 Crawford at Warners movie Crawford at Warners 2008 as Ida Corwin
21 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek movie Curtain Call at Cactus Creek 1950 as Lily Martin
22 Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Angie Dickinson movie Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Angie Dickinson 1977 as Herself
23 Earl Carroll Vanities movie Earl Carroll Vanities 1945 as 'Tex' Donnelly
24 Eternally Yours movie Eternally Yours 1939 as Gloria
25 Goodbye, My Fancy movie Goodbye, My Fancy 1951 as Miss 'Woody' Woods
26 Grease movie Grease 1978 as Principal McGee
27 Grease 2 movie Grease 2 1982 as Principal McGee
28 Harry and Maggie movie Harry and Maggie 1975 as Maggie Sturdivant
29 Having Wonderful Time movie Having Wonderful Time 1938 as Henrietta
30 Hit Parade of 1943 movie Hit Parade of 1943 1943 as Belinda Wright
31 In Name Only movie In Name Only 1969 as Aunt Theda Reeson
32 Last of the Duanes movie Last of the Duanes 1941 as Kate
33 Lets Face It movie Lets Face It 1943 as Maggie Watson
34 Letter of Introduction movie Letter of Introduction 1938 as Cora Phelps
35 Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary movie Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary 1986 as Herself
36 Manpower movie Manpower 1941 as Dolly
37 Mildred Pierce movie Mildred Pierce 1945 as Ida Corwin
38 My Dream Is Yours movie My Dream Is Yours 1949 as Vivian Martin
39 My Reputation movie My Reputation 1946 as Ginna Abbott
40 Night and Day movie Night and Day 1946 as Gabrielle
The image of Eunice Quedens was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Cosmopolitan" (USA), June 1953, Vol. 134, Iss. 6
There is the list of some quotes of Eve Arden:
  • I've worked with a lot of great glamorous girls in movies and the theater. And I'll admit, I've often thought it would be wonderful to be a femme fatale. But then I'd always come back to thinking that if they only had what I've had - a family, real love, an anchor - they would have been so much happier during all the hours when the marquees and the floodlights are dark.
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