Eve Miller (born Marilyn Miller;[1] August 8, 1923 – August 17, 1973) was an American actress who appeared in 41 films between 1945 and 1961. She was born in Los Angeles, California, and died in Van Nuys, California. She committed suicide at age 50.

Eve Miller
Eve Miller in The Big Bluff (1955).jpg
Miller in The Big Bluff (1955)
Born
Marilyn Miller

(1923-08-08)August 8, 1923
DiedAugust 17, 1973(1973-08-17) (aged 50)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
OccupationActress
Years active1945–1961
Political partyDemocratic

Early lifeEdit

Born in Los Angeles, California, Miller was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stanley Miller[2] and was raised in San Francisco, where her father was a piano salesman.[3]

During the early years of World War II, Miller worked as a welder in a shipyard.[4] However, before the war ended she had taken a job as a department store clerk,[1] and later as a showgirl, eventually playing at the San Francisco production of The Folies Bergère of 1944. This led to her first role as a showgirl in 1945's Diamond Horseshoe.[citation needed]

Movie careerEdit

 
Eve Miller with Kirk Douglas in The Big Trees (1952)

In 1951, after several small parts in television and movies such as The Vicious Years (1950), Miller came to the attention of producer-director Ida Lupino and through her influence was cast in Warner Brothers' The Big Trees, starring opposite Kirk Douglas. Several more parts followed such as The Winning Team with Ronald Reagan and Kansas Pacific starring Sterling Hayden.[5] Miller's main work though came in a long string of television roles stretching through the 1950s.

She appeared regularly in anthologies such as Fireside Theater, Four Star Playhouse, and Crossroads. The actress also had parts in a number of series including Lassie, Annie Oakley, and Richard Diamond, Private Detective. However, Miller never achieved a regular role in a TV series. Miller's final appearance was a 1961 role in the crime drama, Coronado 9.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

A Democrat, she supported the campaign of Adlai Stevenson during the 1952 presidential election.[6]

In 1954, Miller met Glase Lohman, an actor who had a brief television and movie career in the mid-1950s,[citation needed] and they became engaged. On July 21, 1955, after an argument between the two, Miller attempted suicide by stabbing herself in the abdomen.[7] According to newspapers at the time, she was discovered by police on her kitchen floor, surrounded by letters she had written to Lohman.[8] Eventually, after four hours of surgery, she recovered.

On August 17, 1973, nine days after her 50th birthday, Miller committed suicide in Van Nuys, California.[8] She was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery (Hollywood Hills).[9]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

TelevisionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kirk Douglas Star of 'Big Trees'". Rocky Mount Telegram. North Carolina, Rocky Mount. April 27, 1952. p. 23. Retrieved January 27, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Morton, Hortense (February 24, 1952). "Eve Miller: New Version Of Local Beauty Success". The San Francisco Examiner. California, San Francisco. p. Pictorial Review, p 14. Retrieved January 27, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Profile, GlamourGirlsoftheSilverScreen.com; accessed January 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Eve Miller - The Private Life and Times of Eve Miller. Eve Miller Pictures". www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com.
  5. ^ Kansas Pacific, archive.org; accessed November 6, 2016.
  6. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
  7. ^ "Eve Miller Stabs Herself". The South Bend Tribune. Indiana, South Bend. Associated Press. July 22, 1955. p. 42. Retrieved January 27, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ a b Profile, glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com; accessed November 7, 2016.
  9. ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 25047-25048). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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