Eve Arden

Actor, Comedian
From an early age Eve Arden evinced brilliant comic timing and an almost masculine delivery that set her apart from the rank and file of pretty young Hollywood hopefuls. A seasoned stock player out of high school, she ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1908 in Mill Valley, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 2 1982 (Movie)

Miss McGee (Actor)

Pandemonium 1982 (Movie)

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Nuts and Bolts 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Rainbow 1981 (Movie)

Duchess (Actor)

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 1978 (Movie)

Principal McGee (Actor)

Harry and Maggie 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Strongest Man in the World 1974 (Movie)

Harriet (Actor)

In Name Only 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Royal Follies of 1933 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Sergeant Deadhead 1964 (Movie)

Lt Kinsley (Actor)

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs 1960 (Movie)

Lottie (Actor)

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (Movie)

Maida (Actor)

The Eve Arden Show 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Miss Brooks 1956 (Movie)

Constance Brooks (Actor)

Our Miss Brooks 1952 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Not Married 1952 (Movie)

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Goodbye, My Fancy 1950 (Movie)

Woody (Actor)

The Voice of the Turtle 1948 (Movie)

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Earl Carroll Vanities 1945 (Movie)

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Mildred Pierce 1945 (Movie)

Ida Korvin (Actor)

The Kid From Brooklyn 1945 (Movie)

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Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

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Pan-Americana 1944 (Movie)

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Hit Parade of 1943 1942 (Movie)

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Let's Face It 1942 (Movie)

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Manpower 1940 (Movie)

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That Uncertain Feeling 1940 (Movie)

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Comrade X 1939 (Movie)

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Eternally Yours 1938 (Movie)

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Stage Door 1936 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

A Very Missing Person (TV Show)

Actor

All My Darling Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

At the Circus (Movie)

Peerless Pauline (Actor)

Having Wonderful Time (Movie)

Henrietta (Actor)

In Name Only (Movie)

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Last of the Duanes (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

My Dream Is Yours (Movie)

Vivian Martin (Actor)

My Reputation (Movie)

Ginna Abbott (Actor)

No, No Nanette (Movie)

Winnie (Actor)

Oh, Doctor (Movie)

Shirley Truman (Actor)

One Touch of Venus (Movie)

Molly Grant (Actor)

She Knew All the Answers (Movie)

Sally Long (Actor)

Slightly Honorable (Movie)

Miss Alter (Actor)

Song of Scheherazade (Movie)

Mme. de Talavera (Actor)

Tea for Two (Movie)

Pauline Hastings (Actor)

The Doughgirls (Movie)

Natalia Moskeroff (Actor)

The Dream Merchants (TV Show)

Actor

The Unfaithful (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Three Husbands (Movie)

Lucille McCabe (Actor)

Whistling in the Dark (Movie)

Buzz Baker (Actor)

Women in the Wind (Movie)

Kit Campbell (Actor)

Ziegfeld Girl (Movie)

Patsy Dixon (Actor)

Biography

From an early age Eve Arden evinced brilliant comic timing and an almost masculine delivery that set her apart from the rank and file of pretty young Hollywood hopefuls. A seasoned stock player out of high school, she made her film debut in an early talkie, but it was on Broadway and radio that she cultivated her brand as a tart-tonged comedienne. Given a small role in RKO's "Stage Door" (1937), Arden so impressed director Gregory La Cava that he ordered her part expanded to give her equal time alongside stars Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball. Better roles followed, supporting the Marx Brothers in "At the Circus" (1939) and playing the first of many independent professional women in "Comrade X" (1940) opposite Clark Gable. Her height and age typing her out of leading lady assignments, Arden flourished as a second female lead and was nominated for an Academy Award for playing the best friend of Joan Crawford's anguished "Mildred Pierce" (1945). In 1948, she created the role of spinster schoolteacher "Our Miss Brooks" for CBS radio and brought the character to television four years later. Moving effortlessly between the stage and screens big and small, Arden remained a viable character player well past retirement age, upstaging film newcomers John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in "Grease" (1978). Ill health forced Arden's retirement in 1987 while her death from cancer in 1990 dropped the curtain on the brilliant career of a unique and irreplaceable comic talent.

Relationships

Charles Peter Quedens

Father

Lucille Quedens

Mother

Ned Bergen

Husband

Brooks West Actor

Husband
Married 1952 until his death Feb. 7, 1984

Constance West

Daughter
adopted by Arden and Edward Bergan

Liza West

Daughter
adopted by Arden and Edward Bergan

Douglas West

Son
adopted by Arden and Brooks West

Duncan West

Son
adopted by Arden and Brooks West

EDUCATION

Tamalpais High School

Mill Valley , California
acted in school plays

Milestones

1991

Appeared in archival footage used in the documentary on female comediennes, "Wisecracks"

1982

Last film, "Grease 2"

1948

Starred on CBS radio as "Our Miss Brooks"

1944

Received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for one of her best-remembered role, Ida in "Mildred Pierce"

1939

Returned to Broadway in Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical, "Very Warm For May"

1937

Breakthrough film role in "Stage Door"

1936

Understudied and went on for Fanny Brice in "Ziegfeld Follies"

1935

First Broadway accolade as Eve Arden in "Parade" opposite Jimmy Savo

1934

First credited as Eve Arden

1934

Broadway debut in "Ziegfeld Follies"

1929

Film acting debut (as Eunice Quedens) in "The Song of Love"

1928

Joined Henry Duffy stock company performing in San Francisco and Los Angeles; made stage debut in company's "Alias The Deacon"

Joined Bandbox Repertory Theater, touring "citrus circuit" in Southern California

"Our Miss Brooks" transferred to TV series while continuing on radio

Bonus Trivia

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Arden claimed that when she was told by producer Lee Shubert to shed her real name Eunice Quedens to play a showgirl in his "Ziegfeld Follies" of 1934, she studied labels of cosmetic jars on her dressing table and "stole my first name from Evening in Paris and the second from Elizabeth Arden."

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