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* ''Film/ZiegfeldGirl'' (1941) - Patsy

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* ''Film/TheVoiceOfTheTurtle'' (1947) - Olive

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** ''{{Film/Grease 2}}'' (1982)


** ''{{Film/Grease 2}}'' (1982)(1982)

* BillingDisplacement: In ''Film/OneTouchOfVenus'' she's billed before Olga San Juan and Tom Conway, who play more significant roles. This was apparently because filmmakers found her stealing the show.
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: After the popularity of ''Series/OurMissBrooks'', she received several offers from high school students to become ''their'' English teacher.
* CreatorCouple: She and her husband Brooks West starred in ''Anatomy of a Murder''.
* TheDanza:
** She plays an Eve in ''Film/StageDoor'' and ''The Mothers In Law''.
** Curious variety in ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. Brooks was her husband's first name.
* DyeingForYourArt: For the film ''The Hour of Enchantment'' her blonde hair was dyed red, so as not to compete with Creator/DorisDay.
* HollywoodHomely: Critics at the time often wondered why Eve was cast as the HollywoodDateless best friend.
--> "Why is it that she, strikingly attractive, wittier and more human than other females in her pictures, is always pictured as lonely, unwanted and unsung? In real life, I'm sure Eve is the belle of the ball."
* LyingCreator: Lied about her age constantly during her life. According to her tombstone, she was eighty-two when she died.
* RealLifeRelative: Her husband Brooks West stars alongside her in ''Anatomy Of A Murder''.
* RealitySubtext: Her line in ''The Unfaithful'' - "Every morning you open up the paper, there's another body in a weed-covered lot," - is referring to the Black Dahlia case.
* ThoseTwoActors: Made three films with Zachary Scott - ''The Unfaithful'', ''Film/MildredPierce'' and ''Whiplash'' (no, [[{{Film/Whiplash}} not that one]]).
* ThrowItIn: During one performance on the stage, someone attempted to prank her by interrupting a monologue by making the prop telephone ring on stage. Eve apparently picked up the phone, improvised a conversation, handed the phone over to the actor playing her husband (who was in on the joke), said "it's for you" and went on with the scene after he had ad-libbed a conversation.
* TypeCasting: She was always the DeadpanSnarker and a sensible career-woman, usually in the best friend role and unlucky in love.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** She starred in several preview performances of Broadway's ''Moose Murders'' but got fired after disagreements with the director, and replaced with Holland Taylor. The show ended up as one of Broadway's biggest flops, closing after only one performance.
** Her part in ''Film/StageDoor'' was very small originally. But it was expanded during filming and became something of a StarMakingRole for her.

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-> "I once appeared as a mystery guest on a programme...and disguised my voice, raised it a few octaves and used an accent. Sixty-five people phoned in and asked if it was Eve Arden. And at that time I didn't think sixty-five people ''knew'' me."

One of the great actresses and comedians of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, '''Eve Arden''' (1908-1990) was born Eunice Quedens in Mill Valley. Interested in show business from an early age, she quit school and joined the stage. She had a few bit parts here and there, and even appeared in two films under her real name. Success came in the mid-30s after changing her name to Eve Arden - and securing several OneSceneWonder roles in the films ''Oh, Doctor'' and ''Film/StageDoor''. The success meant that she was eternally typecast as the DeadpanSnarker for the rest of her career, and she was too funny and snarky to be a leading lady. However she was still a very in-demand actress, and appeared in several famous films. She even received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Ida in ''Film/MildredPierce''.

Eve's best known project was ''Series/OurMissBrooks''. It initially aired as a radio show, before getting moved to television. It received four seasons and a feature film. Her next project ''The Eve Arden Show'' wasn't as successful, but she still made appearances here and there over the next three decades - still as a snarky OneSceneWonder. That's her as the principal in ''{{Film/Grease}}''. She died in 1990 of heart problems. Having concealed her age for most of her career, her tombstone confirms that she was eighty-two when she died.

!! Selected Filmography:

* ''Oh, Doctor'' (1937) - Shirley Truman
* ''Film/StageDoor'' (1937) - Eve
* ''Film/MildredPierce'' (1946) - Ida
* ''Film/OneTouchOfVenus'' (1948) - Molly Grant
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'' (1952-1956) - Constance Brooks
* ''The Eve Arden Show'' (1957-1958) - Liza Hamilton
* ''The Mothers In Law'' (1967-1969) - Eve Hubbard
* ''{{Film/Grease}}'' (1978) - Principal [=McGee=]
** ''{{Film/Grease 2}}'' (1982)

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