She was Our Miss Brooks ; she played a pickpocket in The Marx Brothers flick At The Circus ; and for an encore, turned in memorable performance s as the wacky high school principal in Grease and its sequel. Eve Arden , born on this day in 1908, was multi-talented and loved by millions for her roles in radio , TV, and film. The lovely strawberry blonde began her show biz career on the stage, as a teenager. But before long she was on the silver screen, finding a niche as the sidekick, witty and wise-cracking. Her prolific late- 30's film output inlcuded Oh, Doctor , Stage Door, Cocoanut Grove , and Having Wonderful Time. In 1948, after nearly two decades fighting in the show business trenches as a comic character actress, Arden landed a starring role, that of high school teacher Connie Brooks in Our Miss Brooks . The literature teacher was likeable--in fact, praised by organizations of actual teachers--a strong female character who stood up to the shenanigans of the ske
Eve Arden was born--as Eunice Quedens, on this day in 1908. However, we know her as Our Miss Brooks , the star and title character of the long-running radio series about a witty and wise school teacher. The show actually hauled in an award from The National Education Association for its sympathetic portrayal of teachers. On Our Miss Brooks , Mrs. Brooks interacted with the bio teacher, Mr. Boynton ( Jeff Chandler ), Principal Conklin ( Gale Gordon ), and Walter Denton, one of her wacky students, played by Richard Crenna . For her efforts, Eve Arden won a Radio Mirror magazine readers' poll for best comedienne of 1948-49. Though her own series was her claim to fame, Arden also guested on The Danny Kaye Show , and The Lux Radio Theater .
December 15: Happy Birthday, Jeff Chandler! Jeff Chandler , born Ira Grossel, in 1918 could play any range of character’s and was most remembered for his portrayal of Apache Indian Chieftain Cochise in Broken Arrow (1950). His swarthy good looks made him an early sensation in Hollywood and a popular contract player for any studio that could get him onboard. Born into a Jewish family, Chandler gained a love for acting early on in his youth. Before becoming big on the stage and cinema, Chandler had for a time spent working in radio. In fact, in Rogue’s Gallery, Chandler performed with the notable Dick Powell on the air. his movie history included playing the parts of a gangster, Israeli soldier and an Arab chieftain, before his Academy Award nomination for his casting as the Apache leader. This had been the first time an actor had received such high accolades for portraying an Indian. During the late 50’s and before his death in 1961, Chandler’s hair began to turn gray prematurel