Eve Arden biography
Date of Birth: April 30, 1912
Died: November 12, 1990
Nobody could deliver a sarcastic line better than Eve Arden. Even
Groucho Marx withered under her knowing sneer.
firmly entrenched her as the ultimate wise-cracking secretary/chorus
girl/gal pal in dozens of films in the '30's and '40's, mostly
in hokum like She Couldn't Say No and Forgotten Woman
(Eve was the one audiences remembered).
The highlight of her early career came when she was cast as Joan
Crawford's acidic friend Ida in Mildred Pierce. (Speaking
of Mildred's spoiled daughter, Ida remarks, "Personally,
Veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea...
they eat their young.") To Arden, Mildred Pierce was
just another job.
In her autobiography, Three Phases of Eve, Arden
wrote: "I would never have guessed that it would bring Crawford
her only Oscar and me a nomination in the supporting category."
Unfortunately, the Oscar nod didn't do a lot to boost her film
However, it did lead to the role that would bring her
lasting fame -- lovelorn schoolteacher Connie Brooks, better known
as Our Miss Brooks. Starting on radio in 1948 and moving
to television in 1952, Eve was perfect as the single teacher whose
cynical veneer hid her soft heart. A bigscreen version of Our
Miss Brooks was made in 1956.
With the success of her show, Arden's film output dwindled, but
she made a comeback in Otto Preminger's sensational courtroom
drama, Anatomy of a Murder. After that, she appeared on-and-off
in films (with another TV series, The Mothers-In-Law, in the late
'60's). She was as sardonic as ever when she played the principal
in Grease, a part she reprised four years later in Grease
Eve Arden Filmography