Eve Arden

Eve Arden

  • Highest Rated: 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Under the Rainbow (1981)
  • Birthday: Apr 30, 1908
  • Birthplace: Mill Valley, California, USA
  • Little Eunice Quedens' first brush with the performing arts came at age seven, when she won a WCTU medal for her recital of the pro-temperance poem "No Kicka My Dog." After graduating from high school, she became a professional actress on the California stock company circuit. Still using her given name, she played a blonde seductress in the 1929 Columbia talkie Song of Love then joined a touring repertory theater. After another brief film appearance in 1933's Dancing Lady, she was urged by a producer to change her name for professional purposes. Allegedly inspired by a container of Elizabeth Arden cold cream, Eunice Quedens reinvented herself as Eve Arden. Several successful appearances in the annual Ziegfeld Follies followed, and in 1937 Arden returned to films as a young character actress. From Stage Door (1937) onward, she was effectively typecast as the all-knowing witheringly sarcastic "best friend" who seldom got the leading man but always got the best lines. Her film roles in the 1940s ranged from such typical assignments as sophisticated magazine editor "Stonewall" Jackson in Cover Girl (1944) to such hilariously atypical performances as athletic Russian sniper Natalia Moskoroff in The Doughgirls (1944). In 1945, she earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Joan Crawford's sardonic but sympathetic business partner in Mildred Pierce. In July of 1948, she launched the popular radio situation comedy Our Miss Brooks, earning a place in the hearts of schoolteachers (and sitcom fans) everywhere with her award-winning portrayal of long-suffering but ebullient high school teacher Connie Brooks. Our Miss Brooks was transferred to television in 1952, running five successful seasons. Less successful was the 1957 TVer The Eve Arden Show, in which the star played authoress Liza Hammond. This failure was neutralized by her subsequent stage tours in such plays as Auntie Mame and Hello, Dolly! and her well-received film appearances in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960). In 1967, she returned to TV to co-star with Kaye Ballard on the chucklesome The Mothers-in-Law which lasted two years. And in 1978, she became a favorite of a new generation with her performance as Principal McGee in the phenomenally successful film version of Broadway's Grease. In 1985, Eve Arden came out with her autobiography, The Three Phases of Eve.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Wisecracks Actor 1993
No Score Yet Pandemonium Warden June 1982
38% Grease 2 Ms. McGee 1982
0% Under the Rainbow The Duchess 1981
75% Grease Principal McGee 1978
No Score Yet Guide for the Married Woman Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World Harriet 1975
No Score Yet Sergeant Deadhead Lt. Kinsey 1965
No Score Yet The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Lottie Lacey 1960
100% Anatomy of a Murder Maida 1959
No Score Yet Our Miss Brooks Miss Constance Brooks 1956
No Score Yet We're Not Married Katie Woodruff 1952
No Score Yet Three Husbands Lucille McCabe 1951
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Fancy Woody 1951
No Score Yet Tea for Two Pauline Hastings 1950
No Score Yet The Lady Takes a Sailor Susan Wayne 1949
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours Vivian Martin 1949
No Score Yet Whiplash Actor 1948
No Score Yet One Touch of Venus Molly Stewart 1948
No Score Yet The Voice of the Turtle Olive Lashbrooke 1947
No Score Yet The Unfaithful Paula 1947
No Score Yet The Arnelo Affair Vivian Delwyn 1947
No Score Yet Song of Scheherazade Mme. de Talavera 1947
No Score Yet Night and Day Gabrielle 1946
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Ann Westley 1946
No Score Yet My Reputation Ginna Abbott 1946
86% Mildred Pierce Ida 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff 1944
95% Cover Girl Cornelia Jackson 1944
No Score Yet Let's Face It Maggie Watson 1943
No Score Yet Change of Heart Belinda Wright 1943
No Score Yet Bedtime Story Virginia Cole 1941
No Score Yet Whistling in the Dark Buzz Baker 1941
No Score Yet San Antonio Rose Gabby Trent 1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Patsy Dixon 1941
60% That Uncertain Feeling Sally 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Dolly 1941
No Score Yet She Knew All the Answers Sally Long 1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette Winnie 1940
No Score Yet Comrade X Jane Wilson 1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable Miss Alter 1940
No Score Yet A Child Is Born Miss Pinty 1940
No Score Yet Eternally Yours Gloria 1939
100% At the Circus Peerless Pauline 1939
No Score Yet Women in the Wind Kit Campbell 1939
No Score Yet Letter of Introduction Cora Phelps 1938
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time Henrietta 1938
95% Stage Door Eve 1937
No Score Yet Oh, Doctor! Shirley Truman 1937
80% Dancing Lady Marcia, the `Southern' Actress 1933

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
The Queen of Hearts
  • 1983
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
Aunt Lola
  • 1977
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
  • 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Professor Lillian Stemmlerq
  • 1966
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Herself
  • 1955

QUOTES FROM Eve Arden CHARACTERS

Principal McGee
Blanche, do you have this year's schedules?
Blanche
(licking chocolate off her fingers) I just had my hands on them.
Blanche
I just had my hands on them.
Principal McGee
Oh , good, they'll be nice and smudged...Blanche, these are last years schedules -- the ones we couldn't find. Now maybe next year, we'll find this year's schedules.
Principal McGee
Oh , good, they'll be nice and smudged...Blanche, these are last years schedules, the ones we couldn't find. Now maybe next year, we'll find this year's schedules.
Eve
Girls, I think we have a new queen bee for the hive.
Judy Canfield
But the same Kingâ??King Anthony the first.
Judy Canfield
But the same King, King Anthony the first.
Ida
Personally, Veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.