Born Eunice Quedens in 1912, Eve Arden was an experienced movie
and stage actress before entering radio in 1945 on The Danny
Kaye Show. She subsequently costarred with Jack Haley and Jack
Carson on The Sealtest Village Store before CBS President
William S. Paley offered her the title role on a new series called
Our Miss Brooks.
As Connie Brooks, the dryly witty high-school English teacher beset
with humorous and romantic difficulties, Eve Arden was a sensation.
Her performance inspired letters of commiseration from thousands
of real-life teachers and led to numerous speaking engagements before
the PTA and other educational groups.
Miss Brooks adventures invariably centered around Madison
High Schools blowhard principal, Osgood Conklin (played by
Gale Gordon), or the bashful biology teacher, Mr. Boynton (played
by Jeff Chandler). The shows strong supporting cast was abetted
by Richard Crenna as young student Walter Denton, Leonard Smith
as school basketball star Stretch Snodgrass and Jane Morgan as Mrs.
Davis, Miss Brooks addled landlady. Our Miss Brooks
lasted from 1948 to 1957 on radio, with overlapping success on television
from 1952 to 1956.
Eve Arden died on November 12, 1990.
Eve Arden was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
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