April 30, 1908 - November 12, 1990
Her birth name is Eunice Quedens.
According to legend, Eve was scanning over various products in front of her and
stopped on the names Elizabeth Arden and Summer's Eve and chose the name.
Ok, kidding about the Summer's Eve, it was actually Evening in Paris.
Personally I like the way Eunice Quedens rolls off the tongue. I wonder if
Kaye Ballard felt that way.
Eve was like America's Maggie Smith. She
had that look of disgust down pat. I loved her acting, and if she were at all like the
characters she played, I would loved to have spent an evening having cocktails with
her. She'd probably end up hating me but it would still be fun. She was most
famous for her role in Our Miss Brooks, but I got to know her in
the show Mothers-in-Law. I loved that show. She and Kaye Ballard
were a great team. Kaye, where are you?!!! Come back to the five and dime, Kaye
Ballard, Kaye Ballard. For now, Kaye lives in Palm Springs and
occasionally will show up at something. She did a "farewell to
showbiz" thing a while back, but I missed it. Now wasn't that a
I remember an episode when
Eve and Kay put together a night club act and sang a
song about a plumber. I'd love for that on tape now. Findadeath.com friend Richard got in touch and sent me the dvd
of that particular episode I wanted. It was great to relive the show - its
been so many years. I've watched it several times since, and still laugh
as hard as the first. Much appreciation and gratitude, Richard.
Eve Arden was living on St. Ives drive in the Hollywood Hills.
She died in her home at 2:18 am on Monday November 12 1990.
her four children were at her side. She had a heart attack. There was mention in
one of her obituaries that she had cancer, but not on the official document.
Most sources claim it was colorectal cancer.
She was 82 years old.
Her memorial service was held the following Friday, in
the Chapel at Westwood Memorial Park.
Those attending the
service included Jane Wyman, Donald O'Connor, Gale Gordon, Kathleen Freeman, Robert
Eve was there too, but she was in a box and
couldn't enjoy the turnout.
After the service everyone was given a copy of
She was cremated, and buried with her husband of 33 years, Brooks
West. I got there shortly after she was planted.
Eve's last acting role was in Grease 2.
Trivia: Even has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one
in the television and the other in radio categories.