Eunice M. Quedens was the daughter of Lucille and Charles Peter Quedens. My parents divorced during her childhood. At age 16, she left the Tamalpais High School and joined a theater company. Her film debut was in 1929 under her real name in the musical song of Love. In her Broadway debut in 1934 in the Ziegfeld Follies she appeared already under the pseudonym Eve Arden. It was there stopped by the theater producer Lee Shubert to choose a stage name. She chose this a combination of two cosmetic products, namely Evening in Paris and Elizabeth Arden.
Arden played from the 1940s in numerous feature films and television series with. For her role in Mildred Pierce 1946 she was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress. In 1959 she was in Anatomy of a Murder, the quick-witted secretary of lawyer Paul Biegler, played by James Stewart. In the musical film version of Grease in 1978, she played the headmistress McGee.
On television, she played from 1952 to 1956 the main role in the family series Our Miss Brooks. From 1957 to 1958 she had her own The Eve Arden Show. It was followed by numerous guest roles in television series like in Vegas, The Love Boat and Hart to Hart. She played her last role in 1987 as Lillian Nash in the prime-time soap opera Falcon Crest.
On 8 February 1960 she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of television and radio. Since 1995 she is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame.
Arden died at the age of 82 years to cancer and heart disease. She lies on the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, buried. She was married twice, from 1939 to 1947 in a childless marriage with Ned mountains and after the divorce in 1952 with Brooks West, until his death in 1984 and they had four children together.