Eve Arden

Eve Arden

Adopted her stage name while looking over some cosmetics and spotting the names "Evening in Paris" and "Elizabeth Arden".

Best remembered by the public for his starring role as the title character in "Our Miss Brooks" (1952).

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 26-27. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 22-24. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

Eve Arden was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

In the film Anatomy of a Murder (1959), her real-life husband, Brooks West, plays the local prosecutor who goes up against defense attorney James Stewart.

Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, Section D, #81.

Often disguised her true age, but her tombstone was engraved by her family with the years "1908-1990", so she was 82 at her death.

One natural child: two girls and one boy were adopted. Her fourth child and second son, Douglas Brooks West, was born in September 1954, weighing 9 lbs., 4 oz.

Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]

She was awarded two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6714 Hollywood Boulevard and for Radio at 6329 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Starred in several preview performances of one of Broadway's most notorious flops, "Moose Murders." Unable to memorize her lines, she was replaced in the role of Hedda Holloway by Holland Taylor. "Moose Murders" opened and closed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City on February 22, 1983.

Was ill with advanced colorectal cancer at the time of her death.

While appearing in a stage play, during one performance she was about to launch into her big speech, as a wife berating her husband, when the prop telephone on the set rang. Correctly deducing that this was a practical joke arranged by the actor playing the husband, she grabbed up the phone, and without missing a beat ad-libbed along the lines of "Well, he's busy ... He really can't ... oh, very well ..." and then turned to her grinning cohort and wiped the smile off his face by snapping "It's for you!" and handing him the phone. She stood there tapping her foot while he ad-libbed a rather unconvincing conversation, and then, after he hung up, went on with the scene as if nothing had happened.