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Eve Arden

Highest Rated:   100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Lowest Rated:   0% Under the Rainbow (1981)
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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
32% Grease 2
  • Ms. McGee
1982
0% Under the Rainbow
  • The Duchess
1981
77% 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
83% Mildred Pierce
  • Ida
1945
94% 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 Comrade X
  • Jane Wilson
1940
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette
  • Winnie
1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable
  • Miss Alter
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
No Score Yet Dancing Lady
  • Marcia, the `Southern' Actress
1933

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • The Queen of Hearts
  • 1983

Quotes from Eve Arden's Characters