skip navigation
Eve Arden

Eve Arden



TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here


TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (1)

Recent DVDs

A Guide For... This made-for-television follow-up to screenwriter Frank Tarloff's frolicking... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Mildred Pierce... The kind of woman most men want - but shouldn't have!What Veda wants, her... more info $9.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Cover Girl... Rising stars Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly shot straight to the heavens after... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

Three Husbands... Eve Arden, Ruth Warrick and Sheppard Strudwick star in this light-hearted comedy... more info $6.98was $6.98 Buy Now

The Strongest... A young Kurt Russell flexes his muscles as an accident-prone college student who... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

Goodbye My... Screen legend Joan Crawford ("Mildred Pierce," "Whatever Happened to Baby... more info $11.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Eunice Quedens Died: November 12, 1990
Born: April 30, 1908 Cause of Death: heart disease
Birth Place: Mill Valley, California, USA Profession: Cast ... actor comedian


From an early age Eve Arden evinced brilliant comic timing and an almost masculine delivery that set her apart from the rank and file of pretty young Hollywood hopefuls. A seasoned stock player out of high school, she made her film debut in an early talkie, but it was on Broadway and radio that she cultivated her brand as a tart-tonged comedienne. Given a small role in RKO's "Stage Door" (1937), Arden so impressed director Gregory La Cava that he ordered her part expanded to give her equal time alongside stars Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball. Better roles followed, supporting the Marx Brothers in "At the Circus" (1939) and playing the first of many independent professional women in "Comrade X" (1940) opposite Clark Gable. Her height and age typing her out of leading lady assignments, Arden flourished as a second female lead and was nominated for an Academy Award for playing the best friend of Joan Crawford's anguished "Mildred Pierce" (1945). In 1948, she created the role of spinster schoolteacher "Our Miss Brooks" for CBS radio and brought the character to television four years later. Moving effortlessly between the stage and screens big and small, Arden remained a viable character player well past retirement age, upstaging film newcomers John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in "Grease" (1978). Ill health forced Arden's retirement in 1987 while her death from cancer in 1990 dropped the curtain on the brilliant career of a unique and irreplaceable comic talent.


Catie West ( 2006-01-19 )

Source: Eve Arden's Autobiography The Three Phases of Eve

Eve Arden's son Douglas was not adopted.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute