Eve Arden (1908–1990)

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Eve Arden was born Eunice Mary Quedens in Mill Valley, California (near San Francisco), and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice Quedens, she found that the stage offered her the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Our Miss Brooks Connie Brooks
Mildred Pierce Ida Corwin
Grease Principal McGee
Anatomy of a Murder Maida Rutledge


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (101 credits)
 1987 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Lillian Nash
- Manhunt (1987) ... Lillian Nash
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Jane's Mother
- Secret Cinema (1986) ... Jane's Mother
 1985 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
The Stepmother
- Cinderella (1985) ... The Stepmother
 1983 Masquerade (TV Series)
Mrs. Woodman
- Diamonds (1983) ... Mrs. Woodman
 1983 Great Performances (TV Series)
Queen of Hearts
- Alice in Wonderland (1983) ... Queen of Hearts
 1982 Grease 2
Miss McGee
 1982 Pandemonium
Warden June
 1981 Nuts and Bolts (TV Movie)
Martha Fenton
 1981 Under the Rainbow
The Duchess
 1980 The Dream Merchants (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Coralee
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Coralee
 1980 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Sophie Green
- Does She or Doesn't She? (1980) ... Sophie Green
 1980 B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
Mrs. Jarvis
- The Girls of Hollywood High (1980) ... Mrs. Jarvis
 1980 Alice (TV Series)
Martha MacIntire
- Alice in TV Land (1980) ... Martha MacIntire
 1979 Flying High (TV Series)
Clarissa 'Wedgie' Wedge
- It Was Just One of Those Days (1979) ... Clarissa 'Wedgie' Wedge
 1979 Vega$ (TV Series)
Sarah Bancroft
- Design for Death (1979) ... Sarah Bancroft
 1978 A Guide for the Married Woman (TV Movie)
Employment lady
 1978 Grease
Principal McGee
 1977 Maude (TV Series)
Lola Ashburn
- Maude's Aunt (1977) ... Lola Ashburn
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Vera Bethune / Miss Aggie
- The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance (1975) ... Vera Bethune / Miss Aggie
 1975 Harry and Maggie (TV Movie)
Maggie Sturdivant
 1975 The Strongest Man in the World
Harriet Crumply
 1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Dr. Lucille Barras
- Subject: The Sterlization of Judy Simpson (1974) ... Dr. Lucille Barras
 1974 The Girl with Something Extra (TV Series)
Aunt Fran
- The Greening of Aunt Fran (1974) ... Aunt Fran
 1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
Mrs. Owens
- Mother of the Bride (1974) ... Mrs. Owens
 1972 Help, Inc. (TV Movie)
Mrs. Vanden Heuval
 1972 All My Darling Daughters (TV Movie)
Miss Freeling, The Wedding Counselor
 1972 A Very Missing Person (TV Movie)
Hildegarde Withers
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Contact Lens") / Linda's Mom (segment "Love and the New Roommate")
 1969 In Name Only (TV Movie)
Aunt Theda Reeson
 1967-1969 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Eve Hubbard
- The Not-So-Grand Opera (1969) ... Eve Hubbard
- The Charge of the Wife Brigade (1969) ... Eve Hubbard
- Show Business Is No Business (1969) ... Eve Hubbard
- Take Her, He's Mine (1969) ... Eve Hubbard
- Two on the Aisle (1969) ... Eve Hubbard
 1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Guest Starring Eve Arden (1968) ... Guest Performer
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Thelda Cunningham
- The Royal Follies of 1933 (1967) ... Thelda Cunningham
 1959-1967 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Clara Appleby / Miss Hoity - Charm School Teacher
- Absence Makes the Hate Grow Fonder (1967) ... Clara Appleby
- Lame Brain for a Day (1965) ... Miss Hoity - Charm School Teacher
- Where There's a Will, There's a Wife (1963) ... Clara Appleby
- The Appleby's Marriage License (1961) ... Clara Appleby
- Appleby's Bird Woman (1959) ... Clara Appleby
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Professor Lillian Stemmler
- The Minus-X Affair (1966) ... Professor Lillian Stemmler
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Mame Huston
- Who's Watching the Fleshpot? (1966) ... Mame Huston
 1966 Bewitched (TV Series)
Nurse Kelton
- And Then There Were Three (1966) ... Nurse Kelton
 1965 Laredo (TV Series)
Emma Bristow
- Which Way Did They Go? (1965) ... Emma Bristow
 1965 Sergeant Dead Head
Lt. Charlotte Kinsey
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Claudia Cooper
- He's All Yours (1964) ... Claudia Cooper
 1962 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Marisa Montaine
- A Holiday for Tramp (1962) ... Marisa Montaine
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Georgia Golden
- Death by Design (1961) ... Georgia Golden
 1960 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Lottie Lacey
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder
Maida Rutledge
 1957-1958 The Eve Arden Show (TV Series)
Liza Hammond
- Liza and the Harvard Man (1958) ... Liza Hammond
- Full Time Mother (1958) ... Liza Hammond
- Ed Weston Returns (1958) ... Liza Hammond
- Liza Meets Young Korea (1958) ... Liza Hammond
- Liza's Nightmare (1958) ... Liza Hammond
 1952-1956 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Connie Brooks
- Travel Crazy (1956) ... Connie Brooks
- Principal for a Day (1956) ... Connie Brooks
- The $350,000 Question (1956) ... Connie Brooks
- White Lies (1956) ... Connie Brooks
- Geraldine (1956) ... Connie Brooks
 1956 Our Miss Brooks
Connie Brooks
 1953 The Lady Wants Mink
Gladys Jones
 1952 We're Not Married!
Katie Woodruff
 1951 Goodbye, My Fancy
Miss 'Woody' Woods
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
Julie Todd
- Julie (1951) ... Julie Todd
 1950 Three Husbands
Lucille McCabe
 1950 Tea for Two
Pauline Hastings
 1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek
Lily Martin
 1950 Paid in Full
Tommy Thompson
 1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor
Susan Wayne
 1949 My Dream Is Yours
Vivian Martin
 1948 Whiplash
Chris Sherwood
 1948 One Touch of Venus
Molly Stewart
 1947 The Voice of the Turtle
Olive Lashbrooke
 1947 Song of Scheherazade
Madame de Talavera
 1947 The Arnelo Affair
Vivian Delwyn
 1947 The Unfaithful
 1946 Night and Day
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn
Ann Westley
 1946 My Reputation
Ginna Abbott
 1945 Mildred Pierce
Ida Corwin
 1945 Earl Carroll Vanities
'Tex' Donnelly
 1945 Pan-Americana
Helen 'Hoppy' Hopkins
 1944 The Doughgirls
Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff
 1944 Patrick the Great
Jean Mathews
 1944 Cover Girl
Cornelia Jackson
 1943 Let's Face It
Maggie Watson
 1943 Hit Parade of 1943
Belinda Wright
 1942 Obliging Young Lady
'Space' O'Shea
 1941 Bedtime Story
Virginia Cole
 1941 Sing for Your Supper
Barbara Stevens
 1941 Last of the Duanes
 1941 Manpower
 1941 Whistling in the Dark
'Buzz' Baker
 1941 San Antonio Rose
Gabby Trent
 1941 She Knew All the Answers
Sally Long
 1941 Ziegfeld Girl
Patsy Dixon
 1941 That Uncertain Feeling
Sally Aikens
 1940 Comrade X
Jane Wilson
 1940 No, No, Nanette
 1940/II She Couldn't Say No
Alice Hinsdale
 1939 Slightly Honorable
Miss Ater
 1939 A Child Is Born
Miss Pinty
 1939 At the Circus
Peerless Pauline
 1939 Eternally Yours
 1939 The Forgotten Woman
Carrie Ashburn
 1939 Big Town Czar
Susan Warren
 1939 Women in the Wind
Kit Campbell
 1938 Letter of Introduction
Cora Phelps
 1938 Having Wonderful Time
 1938 Cocoanut Grove
Sophie De Lemma
 1937 Stage Door
 1937 Oh, Doctor
Shirley Truman
 1933 Dancing Lady
Marcia - The Southern Actress (uncredited)
 1929 Song of Love
Maisie LeRoy (as Eunice Quedens)
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Stage Play: Very Warm for May. Musical comedy. Music by Jerome Kern. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music arranged by Russell Bennett. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music orchestrated by Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Robert Emmett Dolan. Choreographed by Albertina Rasch and Harry Losee. Scenic Design by Vincente Minnelli. Costume ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Eunice Quedens


5' 7½" (1.71 m)


Brooks West  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


Liza Beatrice West | See more »


Charles Peter Quedens | Lucille Quedens

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Personal Quote:

I've worked with a lot of great glamorous girls in movies and the theater. And I'll admit, I've often thought it would be wonderful to be a femme fatale. But then I'd always come back to thinking that if they only had what I've had - a family, real love, an anchor - they would have been so much happier during all the hours when the marquees and the floodlights are dark.


She had one natural child, while two girls and one boy were adopted. Her fourth child and second son, Douglas Brooks West, was born on September 17, 1954, weighing 9 lbs., 4 oz. See more »


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