Eve Arden

Eve Arden was an American film, radio and television actress, comedienne. She performed in supporting roles for nearly six decades. Beginning her film career in 1929 and on Broadway in the early 1930s, Arden's first major role was in the RKO Radio Pictures drama Stage Door opposite Katharine Hepburn, followed by roles in the comedies Having Wonderful Time and the Marx Brothers' At the Circus, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mildred Pierce. In her career, Arden played the sardonic but engaging high school teacher in the eponymous Our Miss Brooks, for which she won the first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, she played the school principal in the musicals Grease and Grease 2. Eve Arden was born Eunice Mary Quedens on April 30, 1908, in Mill Valley, California, to Charles Peter Quedens, son of Charles Henry Augustus and Meta Quedens, Lucille Quedens, daughter of Bernard and Louisa Frank, both of German descent.

Lucille, a milliner, divorced Charles over his gambling, went into business for herself. Although not Roman Catholic, young Eunice was sent to a Dominican convent school in San Rafael, California, she attended Tamalpais High School, a public high school in Mill Valley, until age 16. After leaving school, she joined the stock theater company of Henry "Terry" Duffy, she made her film debut under her real name in the backstage musical Song of Love, as a wisecracking, homewrecking showgirl who becomes a rival to the film's star, singer Belle Baker. The film was one of Columbia Pictures' earliest successes. In 1933, she relocated to New York City, where she had supporting parts in multiple Broadway stage productions. In 1934, she was cast in the Ziegfeld Follies revue, the first role where she was credited as Eve Arden; when she was told to adopt a stage name for the show, Arden looked at her cosmetics and "stole my first name from Evening in Paris, the second from Elizabeth Arden". Between 1934 and 1941, she appeared in Broadway productions of Parade, Very Warm for May, Two for the Show, Let's Face It!.

Arden's film career began in earnest in 1937 when she signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures and appeared in the films Oh Doctor and Stage Door. Her Stage Door portrayal of a fast-talking, witty supporting character gained Arden considerable notice and was a template for many of Arden's future roles. In 1938, she played a supporting part in the comedy Having Wonderful Time, starring Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball; this was followed by roles in the crime film The Forgotten Woman, the Marx Brothers comedy At the Circus, a role that required her to perform acrobatics. In 1940, she appeared opposite Clark Gable in Comrade X, followed by the drama Manpower opposite Marlene Dietrich, she had a supporting part in the Red Skelton comedy Whistling in the Dark and the romantic comedy Obliging Young Lady. Her many memorable screen roles include a supporting role as Joan Crawford's wise-cracking friend in Mildred Pierce, for which she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. In 1946, exhibitors voted her the sixth-most promising "star of tomorrow".

Arden became familiar to a new generation of filmgoers when she played Principal McGee in Grease and Grease 2. Arden was known for her deadpan comedic delivery. Arden's ability with witty scripts made her a natural talent for radio, she was a regular on Danny Kaye's short-lived but memorably zany comedy-variety show in 1946, which featured swing bandleader Harry James and gravel-voiced character actor-comedian Lionel Stander. Kaye's show lasted one season, but Arden's comic talent lead to her best-known role, that of Madison High School English teacher Connie Brooks in Our Miss Brooks. Arden portrayed the character on radio from 1948 to 1957, in a television version of the program from 1952 to 1956, in a 1956 feature film, her character clashed with the school's principal, Osgood Conklin and nursed an unrequited crush on fellow teacher Philip Boynton. Except for Chandler, the entire radio cast of Arden, Richard Crenna, Robert Rockwell, Gloria McMillan and Jane Morgan played the same roles on TV.

Arden's portrayal of Miss Brooks was so popular that she was made an honorary member of the National Education Association, received a 1952 award from the Teachers College of Connecticut's Alumni Association "for humanizing the American teacher", received teaching job offers. Her wisecracking, deadpan character became her public persona as a comedienne, she won a listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top-ranking comedienne of 1948–1949, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. "I'm going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton," she joked, she was a hit with the critics: A winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio comedienne. Arden had a brief guest appearance in a 1955 I Love Lucy episode titled "L. A. at Last", where she played herself. While awaiting their food at the Brown Derby, Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz argue over whether


Miglionico is a town and comune in the province of Matera, in Basilicata, southern Italy. The massive Castello del Malconsiglio, built in the 8th-9th century and enlarged in 1110 and in the 15th century; the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Despite the legend assigning its foundation to the famous Greek wrestler Milo of Croton, Miglionico was most founded by the Oenotrians, a local Italic tribe. After the Greek colonization, it was held by the Lucani, followed by the Samnites until 458 BC, when it was conquered by the Romans. In the Middle Ages the story of Miglionico was connected to that of its large castle, held by the Hauteville Normans and by the Sanseverino. After the latter where slaughtered by order of Frederick II, Miglionico was assigned to his son Manfred. After the latter's fall, the Sanseverino were re-instated, holding the town until the abolition of feudalism. Miglionico Selected Civil Records

Big Apple Academy

Big Apple Academy is a coeducational independent school for students, including the range from kindergarten through 8th grade. The Academy occupies two modern facilities located in the Gravesend area of New York City, it is a private educational institution. The Big Apple Academy takes its roots in the affiliated Bambi Academy, a Day Care Center founded by and oriented towards Russian-speaking families. Due to the success of the program, the faculty decided to expand the institution's goals. In 1992 the first kindergarten class was opened, the school matured into a large educational center – the Big Apple Academy; the school created its own curricula, developed new teaching methods, purchased equipment. Today, the Big Apple Academy includes curricula for kindergarten through 8th grade; the Big Apple Academy comprises the following departments: Mathematics Department Social Studies and Science Department English Language Department Russian Language Department Computer Science Department Physical Education Department Art Department Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s school records, entrance exams, a personal interview.

The curriculum is based on the standards of learning for K-12 NY schools by the New York State Department of Education, as well as those provided by various national pedagogical organizations. Starting in kindergarten, children have 40-minute lessons with subject teachers in English, Computer Science, Social Studies, Music, Russian Language and P. E. which includes swimming and standard athletic exercises. In older grades the workload increases, more advanced subjects are added; the students are taught Algebra, Graphic Design, Computer Science and Geography as parts of Social Studies, Physics and Biology as parts of Science. The school year consists of four terms: September through November December through January February through March April through June Instruction at Big Apple Academy is conducted in the English language. However, Russian language classes are taught as a foreign language class; the class includes Comprehension and Language Development. In K-grades bilingual instruction is allowed for students who have entered the country and do not yet possess conversational skills.

At parents’ request, additional Russian language lessons may be added to the existing scheduled ones. There are Spanish and French clubs for students in the upper elementary. Students of the Big Apple Academy can choose one or more clubs and after-school activities: Sports clubs: Swimming Tennis Tae Kwon DoAcademic clubs: English Spanish French Math Science Art clubs: Dance Art Children are transported by school buses to and from the school; the boroughs of school bus coverage are Brooklyn and Staten Island. Big Apple Academy Official Website Big Apple Academy Official Facebook Page NYC Private School Focus on The Big Apple Academy Article in the NYC Private Schools Blog