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Eve Arden (1908 - 1990)

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Eve Arden
1908 - 1990
Born
April 30, 1908
Mill Valley, Marin County, California, 94941, United States
Death
November 12, 1990
Other Names
Eunice (Quedens), Eve Arden
Summary
Eve Arden was born on April 30, 1908 in Mill Valley, Marin County, California United States, and died at age 82 years old on November 12, 1990.
Updated: April 5, 2020
Biography ID: 1243001

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Eve Arden (April 30, 1908 – November 12, 1990) was an American film, stage, and television actress, and comedian. She performed in leading and supporting roles over nearly six decades.
Beginning her career on Broadway in the early 1930s, Arden's first major role was in the RKO Radio Pictures drama Stage Door (1937) opposite Katharine Hepburn, followed by roles in the comedies Having Wonderful Time (1938) and At the Circus (1939), starring the Marx Brothers. Arden would go on to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mildred Pierce (1945).
In the latter part of her career, she played the sardonic but engaging title character of a high school teacher in Our Miss Brooks, winning the first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and as the school principal in the musicals Grease (1978) and Grease 2 (1982).
Early life
Arden was born Eunice Mary Quedens in Mill Valley, California on April 30, 1908[1][2][3] to Charles Peter Quedens, son of Charles Henry Augustus and Meta L. (née Dierks) Quedens, and Lucille (née Frank) Quedens, daughter of Bernard and Louisa (née Mertens) Frank, both of German descent. Lucille, a milliner, divorced Charles over his gambling, and went into business for herself.
Although not Roman Catholic, young Eunice was sent to a Dominican convent school near Modesto, and later attended Tamalpais High School, a public high school in Mill Valley until age 16. After leaving school, she joined a stock theater company.
She made her film debut under her real name in the backstage musical Song of Love (1929), as a wisecracking, home-wrecking showgirl who becomes a rival to the film's star, singer Belle Baker. The film was one of Columbia Pictures' earliest successes. In 1933, she relocated to New York City, where she appeared in multiple Broadway stage productions in supporting parts. In 1934, she was cast in that year's Ziegfeld Folliesrevue. This was the first role in which she was credited as Eve Arden. Told to change her name for the show, she looked at her cosmetics and "stole my first name from Evening in Paris and the second from Elizabeth Arden". Between 1934 and 1941, she would appear in Broadway productions of Parade, Very Warm for May, Two for the Show, and Let's Face It!.
Her film career began in earnest in 1937 when she signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures,[8] and appeared in the films Oh Doctor and Stage Door. Her Stage Door portrayal of a fast-talking, witty supporting character gained Arden considerable notice and was to be a template for many of Arden's future roles.[6][9] In 1938, she appeared in a supporting part in the comedy Having Wonderful Time, starring Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball.[10] This was followed by roles in the crime film The Forgotten Woman (1939), and the comedy At the Circus (1939), opposite Groucho Marx, a role that would require her to perform acrobatics.
In 1940, she appeared opposite Clark Gable in Comrade X, followed by the drama Manpower (1941), opposite Marlene Dietrich. She also appeared in a supporting part in the Red Skelton comedy Whistling in the Dark (1941), and the romantic comedy Obliging Young Lady(1942). Her many memorable screen roles include a supporting role as Joan Crawford's wise-cracking friend in Mildred Pierce (1945) for which she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, and James Stewart's wistful secretary in Otto Preminger's murder mystery, Anatomy of a Murder (1959). (One of her co-stars in that film was husband Brooks West.) In 1946, exhibitors voted her the sixth-most promising "star of tomorrow".
She became familiar to a new generation of film-goers when she played Principal McGee in both 1978's Grease and 1982's Grease 2. She was known for her deadpan delivery of jokes in films.
Arden's ability with witty scripts made her a natural talent for radio; she became a regular on Danny Kaye's short-lived but memorably zany comedy-variety show in 1946, which also featured swing bandleader Harry James and gravel-voiced character actor-comedian Lionel Stander.
Kaye's show lasted one season, but Arden's display of comic talent and timing set the stage for her to be cast in her best-known role, Madison High School English teacher Connie Brooks in Our Miss Brooks. Arden portrayed the character on radio from 1948 to 1957, in a television version of the program from 1952 to 1956, and in a 1956 feature film. Arden's character clashed with the school's principal, Osgood Conklin (played by Gale Gordon), and nursed an unrequited crush on fellow teacher Philip Boynton (played originally by future film star Jeff Chandler, and later on radio, then on television, by Robert Rockwell). Except for Chandler, the entire radio cast of Arden, Gordon, Richard Crenna (Walter Denton), Robert Rockwell (Mr. Philip Boynton), Gloria McMillan (Harriet Conklin), and Jane Morgan (landlady Margaret Davis) played the same roles on television.
Arden's portrayal of the character was so popular that she was made an honorary member of the National Education Association, received a 1952 award from the Teachers College of Connecticut's Alumni Association "for humanizing the American teacher", and even received teaching job offers. Her wisecracking, deadpan attitude as the character ultimately became her public persona as a comedienne as well.
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Mill Valley, Marin County, California 94941, United States
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Actress Film Year Title Role Notes 1929 Song of Love Maisie LeRoy 1933 Dancing Lady Marcia 1937 Oh, Doctor Shirley Truman 1937 Stage Door Eve 1938 Coconut Grove Sophie De Lemma 1938 Having Wonderful Time Henrietta 1938 Letter of Introduction Cora Phelps 1939 Women in the Wind Kit Campbell 1939 Big Town Czar Susan Warren 1939 The Forgotten Woman Carrie Ashburn 1939 Eternally Yours Gloria 1939 At the Circus Peerless Pauline 1939 A Child Is Born Miss Pinty 1939 Slightly Honorable Miss Ater 1940 She Couldn't Say No Alice Hinsdale 1940 No, No, Nanette Kitty 1940 Comrade X Jane Wilson 1941 That Uncertain Feeling Sally Aikens 1941 Ziegfeld Girl Patsy Dixon 1941 She Knew All the Answers Sally Long 1941 San Antonio Rose Gabby Trent 1941 Whistling in the Dark 'Buzz' Baker 1941 Manpower Dolly 1941 Last of the Duanes Kate 1941 Sing for Your Supper Barbara Stevens 1941 Bedtime Story Virginia Cole 1942 Obliging Young Lady 'Space' O'Shea - AKA Suwanee Rivers 1943 Hit Parade of 1943 Belinda Wright 1943 Let's Face It Maggie Watson 1944 Cover Girl Cornelia Jackson 1944 The Doughgirls Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff 1945 Pan-Americana Helen 'Hoppy' Hopkins 1945 Earl Carroll Vanities 'Tex' Donnelly 1945 Patrick the Great Jean Matthews 1945 Mildred Pierce Ida Corwin 1946 My Reputation Ginna Abbott 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn Ann Westley 1946 Night and Day Gabrielle 1947 The Unfaithful Paula 1947 The Arnelo Affair Vivian Delwyn 1947 Song of Scheherazade Madame de Talavera 1947 The Voice of the Turtle Olive Lashbrooke 1948 One Touch of Venus Molly Stewart 1948 Whiplash Chris Sherwood 1949 My Dream Is Yours Vivian Martin 1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor Susan Wayne 1950 Paid in Full Tommy Thompson 1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek Lily Martin 1950 Tea for Two Pauline Hastings 1950 Three Husbands Lucille McCabe 1951 Goodbye, My Fancy Miss 'Woody' Woods 1951 Two Tickets to Broadway Showgirl 1952 We're Not Married! Katie Woodruff 1953 The Lady Wants Mink Gladys Jones 1956 Our Miss Brooks Connie Brooks 1959 Anatomy of a Murder Maida Rutledge 1960 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Lottie Lacey 1965 Sergeant Deadhead Lt. Charlotte Kinsey 1975 The Strongest Man in the World Harriet Crumply 1978 Grease Principal Greta McGee 1981 Under the Rainbow The Duchess 1982 Pandemonium Warden June 1982 Grease 2 Principal Greta McGee

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November 12, 1990
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Death On November 12, 1990, Arden died from cardiac arrest and arteriosclerotic heart disease, aged 82, at her home, according to her death certificate. Some sources, including her manager, Glenn Rose, said she had also been battling cancer. However, cancer is not included or even mentioned in her death certificate. She is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood, Los Angeles, California. Arden published an autobiography, The Three Phases of Eve, in 1985. In addition to her Academy Award nomination, Arden has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Radio and Television (see List of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for addresses). She was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. Personal life Arden was married to Ned Bergen from 1939–47, and to actor Brooks West from 1952 until his death in 1984 from a heart ailment, aged 67. She and West had four children; all but the youngest were adopted. All four survived their parents. Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 1929 Song of Love Maisie LeRoy 1933 Dancing Lady Marcia 1937 Oh, Doctor Shirley Truman 1937 Stage Door Eve 1938 Coconut Grove Sophie De Lemma 1938 Having Wonderful Time Henrietta 1938 Letter of Introduction Cora Phelps 1939 Women in the Wind Kit Campbell 1939 Big Town Czar Susan Warren 1939 The Forgotten Woman Carrie Ashburn 1939 Eternally Yours Gloria 1939 At the Circus Peerless Pauline 1939 A Child Is Born Miss Pinty 1939 Slightly Honorable Miss Ater 1940 She Couldn't Say No Alice Hinsdale 1940 No, No, Nanette Kitty 1940 Comrade X Jane Wilson 1941 That Uncertain Feeling Sally Aikens 1941 Ziegfeld Girl Patsy Dixon 1941 She Knew All the Answers Sally Long 1941 San Antonio Rose Gabby Trent 1941 Whistling in the Dark 'Buzz' Baker 1941 Manpower Dolly 1941 Last of the Duanes Kate 1941 Sing for Your Supper Barbara Stevens 1941 Bedtime Story Virginia Cole 1942 Obliging Young Lady 'Space' O'Shea - AKA Suwanee Rivers 1943 Hit Parade of 1943 Belinda Wright 1943 Let's Face It Maggie Watson 1944 Cover Girl Cornelia Jackson 1944 The Doughgirls Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff 1945 Pan-Americana Helen 'Hoppy' Hopkins 1945 Earl Carroll Vanities 'Tex' Donnelly 1945 Patrick the Great Jean Matthews 1945 Mildred Pierce Ida Corwin 1946 My Reputation Ginna Abbott 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn Ann Westley 1946 Night and Day Gabrielle 1947 The Unfaithful Paula 1947 The Arnelo Affair Vivian Delwyn 1947 Song of Scheherazade Madame de Talavera 1947 The Voice of the Turtle Olive Lashbrooke 1948 One Touch of Venus Molly Stewart 1948 Whiplash Chris Sherwood 1949 My Dream Is Yours Vivian Martin 1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor Susan Wayne 1950 Paid in Full Tommy Thompson 1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek Lily Martin 1950 Tea for Two Pauline Hastings 1950 Three Husbands Lucille McCabe 1951 Goodbye, My Fancy Miss 'Woody' Woods 1951 Two Tickets to Broadway Showgirl 1952 We're Not Married! Katie Woodruff 1953 The Lady Wants Mink Gladys Jones 1956 Our Miss Brooks Connie Brooks 1959 Anatomy of a Murder Maida Rutledge 1960 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Lottie Lacey 1965 Sergeant Deadhead Lt. Charlotte Kinsey 1975 The Strongest Man in the World Harriet Crumply 1978 Grease Principal Greta McGee 1981 Under the Rainbow The Duchess 1982 Pandemonium Warden June 1982 Grease 2 Principal Greta McGee

Average Age & Life Expectancy

Eve Arden lived 11 years longer than the average Arden family member when she died at the age of 82.
The average age of an Arden family member is 71.
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Eve Arden | Our Miss Brooks
Eve Arden was the lead in the television show "Our Miss Brooks" (1952 - 1956) and the radio show of the same name before that (1958 - 1957). She was a great comedian and the show featured a cast of memorable characters - especially Richard Crenna as Walter Denton. Gale Gordon was the principal of the high school where she taught and he also went on to be in some of Lucille Ball's later television shows.
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1908 - 1990 World Events

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In 1908, in the year that Eve Arden was born, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1950, at the age of 42 years old, Eve was alive when on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

In 1973, at the age of 65 years old, Eve was alive when in October, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned - President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford for Vice President. Nixon's tax returns came under investigation. Nixon offered the recently discovered Oval Office tapes be heard by one person and summarized - his offer was rejected by the Special Prosecutor. Nixon ordered the Attorney General, then the assistant Attorney General, to fire the Special Prosecutor. Both refused and were fired. The Solicitor General became the acting Attorney General and fired the Special Prosecutor (the Saturday Night Massacre). Nixon releases some of the tapes, under extreme pressure because of the firings.

In 1985, when she was 77 years old, on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics.com. Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

In 1990, in the year of Eve Arden's passing, on April 24th, the Hubble telescope was launched into space after long delays due to the Challenger explosion. An optical flaw was found within weeks of launch but was fixed within three years. The discoveries made possible by the Hubble have contributed to scientists' understanding of the universe.

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