McVeagh publicity photo for Snafu on Broadway (1945)
|Born||Eva Elizabeth McVeagh
15 July 1919
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||10 December 1997
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
William C. Appleby
(m.1947–1956; his death)
(m. 1956; divorced)
(m. 1957–her death)
Dr. Paul Robert Appleby, Ph.D.
Eve McVeagh (born Eva Elizabeth McVeagh; July 15, 1919 – December 10, 1997) was an American actress of film, television, stage, and radio. Her career spanned 52 years from her first stage role through her last stage appearance. McVeagh's roles included leading and supporting parts as well as smaller character roles in which she proved a gifted character actress. She is best defined as a versatile workhorse actress of all acting mediums.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Hugh McVeagh, a railroad clerk, and Eva E. Johnson, McVeagh moved to Los Angeles in 1923 with her widowed mother and maternal grandmother Molly Johnson, where she started acting in theater in her teens.
Following stage success in Hollywood, McVeagh moved to New York City in her 20s, performing on radio and on Broadway in several productions including the roles of Martha in Snafu (1944–1945) and Patsy Laverne in Too Hot for Maneuvers (1945). After the well received Broadway run of Snafu, McVeagh took over the female lead at The National Theater in Washington DC in 1945. In 1947, McVeagh played a supporting role opposite Billie Burke and Grant Mitchell in the original play "Accidentally Yours." The production received very favorable reviews on the West Coast and was en route to New York where it was predicted to be the "comedy smash hit of 1948"  However, the production was not a commercial success and never made it to Broadway. Ms McVeagh did not perform on Broadway again, but after returning to Los Angeles, and working in film and television for years, she traveled back to New York to perform in the play Scuba Duba in 1971. After this stage work, McVeagh traveled back to her home base in Los Angeles. She starred in West Coast premieres of Broadway shows at the Pasadena Playhouse, most notably the lead in Come Back Little Sheba. Her Hollywood theater work included one year as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Her stage career continued in Las Vegas in 1981 in "The Ninety Day Mistress" playing the mother of June Wilkinson, British actress and model. She continued to act in small stage productions including several with the award winning Theatre Forty Company in Beverly Hills. In Hollywood, her final role was as a member of a lesbian couple in 1989 concluding an over 50 year stage career.
McVeagh's first film appearance was a supporting role in the classic High Noon (1952) in which she played Mildred Fuller alongside Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. In the early 1950s she was under contract with Columbia Pictures. During that time, she co-starred in Tight Spot as Clara Moran playing the sister of Ginger Rogers: Of her performance, The New York Times raved "For our money, the best scene, whipped up by scenarist William Bowers, is the anything-but-tender reunion of Miss Rogers and her sister, Eve McVeagh ... an ugly, blistering pip." Ms. McVeagh was also featured opposite Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall in The Cobweb as Shirley Irwin. She starred as Viv in The Glass Web, and was featured as Mrs. Clinton in Three in the Attic, Mrs. Masters in The Way West, Mrs. Griggs in Crime & Punishment, USA, a reporter in the Dino De Laurentiis production of King Kong, and The Graduate. Her final co-starring film role was in the independent film Money to Burn (1983) as Vivian. Her last onscreen appearance was a cameo role in Creator (1985) with Peter O'Toole. Ms. McVeagh's contributions to film were recognized by the bestowal of full voting membership in the actor's branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in September of 1974. Her contributions in film spanned 33 years.
McVeagh's career in television began in 1946 as a primary cast member in the first American network Soap Opera, Faraway Hill. Other notable early television series on which she guest starred included Dragnet and I Love Lucy (as Lucy's hairdresser, Roberta, in the classic "Black Wig" episode). She was featured in three episodes of Perry Mason and two episodes of The Twilight Zone, and was a regular guest on The Johnny Carson Show. Alfred Hitchcock notably hired actors he liked regularly. McVeagh was featured in four episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and two episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Additionally McVeagh co-starred on the Hitchcock-directed episode, "Incident at a Corner", of the television series Startime (pictured). Roles in the 1960s also included Frances Moseby, a series regular, on The Clear Horizon, a recurring character, Miss Hammond, on Petticoat Junction, as well as roles on Bonanza, Ironside and My Three Sons. Continuing in the 1970s, she appeared in the 1972 television movie "The Daughters of Joshua Cabe." McVeagh was a regular on The Red Skelton Show for its last season. She also regularly performed in guest spots in Room 222 and McMillan & Wife. A favorite of Lucille Ball going back to I Love Lucy, she again appeared with her on Here's Lucy. She also guest starred in Love, American Style, and was featured in Little House on the Prairie, The Streets of San Francisco, The Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, The Jeffersons, Lou Grant, The Incredible Hulk, Knots Landing, Hill Street Blues, Hunter, and Airwolf. She rounded out the 1970s on a high note as socialite Helen Carrington in the 1979 critically acclaimed television movie Murder by Natural Causes with Hal Holbrook. In the 1980s, her last decade in entertainment, McVeagh co-starred in an episode of Michael Landon's Highway to Heaven and was featured in two episodes of Simon & Simon. McVeagh guest starred in a 1985 episode of Cagney and Lacey as Dorothy Gantney, the grief-stricken mother of a murder victim in the "The Psychic". McVeagh's last television credit was in 1987 as the guest star of the PBS show Square One TV as Mrs. Swaggle. Her career in television spanned 41 years.
Photograph (right) was taken for "Let's Play Tennis Week" a charity event with stars of that era.
During the "Golden Age of Radio", McVeagh had several leading and supporting series roles and episodic leads in the 1940s and 1950s. She played Mrs. Harriet Beatty on the "Clyde Beatty Show", and was a regular on "Broadway Is My Beat" and "Stars Over Hollywood". She starred in "Hollywood Hostages", an episode of "Suspense", as Grace. McVeagh was a principal performer on "Jeff Regan, Investigator", Jack Webb's radio noir series. "McVeagh's ditzy—and sultry—characterizations were regularly featured" in the series. She also played the lead in the role of convicted murderess Marie Lafarge in the 1953 episode of Crime Classics entitled "The Seven Layered Arsenic Cake of Madame Lafarge."
Acting and voice coach
McVeagh was an acting and voice coach at the Film Actors Workshop at Warner Brothers Studios. Additionally, she taught privately and guest lectured at the University of Southern California in the School of Theatre.
McVeagh was married to character actor and director Clarke Gordon (her fourth husband) at the time of her death and had four children and nine grandchildren. Grandson Paul Robert Appleby, Ph.D., who was raised effectively as her fifth child, is a Research Scientist and Assistant Professor (Research) at the University of Southern California (Keck School of Medicine & Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism). As the only family member of McVeagh still "in the business," Dr Appleby has been greatly influenced by his grandmother; he is a producer/writer of virtual reality games for health promotion as well as a voice-over artist 
Partial list of credits
|Year||Title||Role||Entertainment Medium and Notes|
|1943||Silk Hat Harry||Jayne Spence||Stage (Music Box Theater, Hollywood – original cast)|
|1944–1945||Snafu||Martha||Stage (Broadway – original cast)|
|1945||Too Hot for Maneuvers||Patsy Laverne||Stage (Broadway – original cast)|
|1946||Faraway Hill||Series Regular||Television Soap Opera. First soap opera on American Television network.|
|1947||Public Prosecutor||Episode: "The Case of the Shattered Mirror"||Television|
|1947||Accidentally Yours||Jean Erwin||Stage (Touring Company – original cast – see "Stage" section for more details)|
|1948–1950||Jeff Regan, Investigator||Principal Actor||CBS Radio Series|
|1950–51||Clyde Beatty Show||Mrs.Harriet Beatty||Syndicated Radio Series|
|1949–1954||Broadway Is My Beat||Series Regular||CBS Radio Series|
|1952–1954||Stars Over Hollywood||Series Regular||CBS Radio Series|
|1952||High Noon||Mildred Fuller||Film|
|1952||Racket Squad||Guest Star in Episode: "The Case of the Empty House"||Television|
|1952||Schlitz Playhouse||Episode: "The Trial"||Television|
|1952||Your Jeweler's Showcase||Episode: "Marked X"||Television|
|1953||Crime Classics||Madame Marie Lafarge in Episode: "The Seven Layered Arsenic Cake of Madame Lafarge"||CBS Radio Series|
|1953||Life with Luigi||Episode: "The Dance"||Television|
|1953||The Glass Web||Viv||Film|
|1954||Dragnet||Episode: "The Big Drink"||Television|
|1954||Fireside Theatre||Marge in Episode: "Invitation to Marriage"||Television|
|1954||Fireside Theatre||Murial Tannant in Episode: "The Insufferable Woman"||Television|
|1954||I Love Lucy||Roberta in Episode: "The Black Wig"||Television|
|1954||Climax!||Episode: "Sorry Wrong Number"||Television|
|1955||I'll Cry Tomorrow||Ethel||Film|
|1955||I Led 3 Lives||Miss Cutler in Episode: "Commie Dies"||Television|
|1955||The Ford Television Theatre||Suzie in Episode: "Celebrity"||Television|
|1955||Tight Spot||Clara Moran||Film|
|1955||The Cobweb||Mrs. Shirley Irwin||Film|
|1955||It's A Dog's Life||Elsa||Film|
|1955||Stage 7||Miss Shelby in Episode: "The Traveling Salesman"||Television|
|1955||Crossroads||Myrtle Greenspant in Episode: "The Unholy Trio"||Television|
|1956||Crusader||Pearl Winacheck in Episode: "The Sharks"||Television|
|1956||The 20th Century-Fox Hour||Nurse in Episode: "One Life"||Television|
|1956||Science Fiction Theatre||Ann Page in Episode: "The Green Bomb"||Television|
|1956||Highway Patrol||Mrs. West in Episode: "Runaway Boy"||Television|
|1956||Suspense||Grace in Episode: "Hollywood Hostages"||CBS Radio Series|
|1957||Sierra Stranger||Ruth Gaines||Film|
|1957||The Shadow on the Window||Bessie Warren||Film|
|1957||The Jack Benny Program||Reunion Guest in Episode: "Mary Has May Co. Reunion"||Television|
|1957||Adventures of Superman||Mrs. Wilson in Episode: "The Stolen Elephant"||Television|
|1957||The George Sanders Mystery Theater||Thelma in Episode: "The Night I Died"||Television|
|1957||Casey Jones||Nell Dixon in Episode: "Star Witness"||Television|
|1957||Perry Mason||Nora Fleming in Episode: "The Case of the Angry Mourner"||Television|
|1958||The Court of Last Resort||Edith Elwell in Episode: "The Peter Stevens Case"||Television|
|1958||Mike Hammer||Veronica Karnes in Episode: "Overdose of Lead"||Television|
|1958||General Electric Theater||Episode: "One is a Wanderer"||Television|
|1958||Man with a Camera||Mrs. Collins in Episode: "Six Faces of Satan"||Television|
|1959||Alcoa Theatre||Miss Bellows in Episode: "Man of His House"||Television|
|1959||Perry Mason||Laura Richards in Episode: "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll"||Television|
|1959||The Thin Man||Dane in Episode: "Dear Dead Days"||Television|
|1959||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Waitress in Episode: "Coyote Moon"||Television|
|1959||Rawhide||Beulah in Episode: "Incident of a Burst of Evil"||Television|
|1959||Dennis The Menace||Mrs. Purcell in Episode: "Dennis and the Signpost"||Television|
|1959||Crime and Punishment U.S.A.||Mrs. Griggs||Film|
|1960–1962||The Clear Horizon||Frances Moseby (Series Regular)||Television Soap Opera|
|1960||Johnny Ringo||Molly Crawford in Episode: "Four Came Quietly"||Television|
|1960||Perry Mason||Saleswoman in Episode: "The Case of the Gallant Grafter"||Television|
|1960||Lawman||Josie – Saloon Gal in Episode: "The Ugly Man"||Television|
|1960||Riverboat||Julie Scott in Episode: "The Wichita Arrows"||Television|
|1960||Startime||Georgia in Episode: "Incident at a Corner"||Television|
|1961||Coronado 9||Laura Tyler in Episode: "Hunt Breakfast"||Television|
|1961||Surfside 6||Blosson McKenzie in Episode: "Little Mister Kelly"||Television|
|1961||The Real McCoys||Myra McCoy (Recurring)||Television|
|1961||Tales of Wells Fargo||Episode: "Casket 7.3"||Television|
|1961||Cain's Hundred||Bunny in Episode: "Degrees of Guilt"||Television|
|1961||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Eve the Reporter in Episode: "The Gloating Place"||Television|
|1961–1963||77 Sunset Strip||Landlady (Recurring)||Television|
|1962||Checkmate||Bess Conrad in Episode: "A Very Rough Sketch"||Television|
|1962||Have Gun - Will Travel||Katherine Parsons in Episode: "One, Two, Three"||Television|
|1962||Thriller||Mrs. Curtis in Episode: "The Hollow Watcher"||Television|
|1962||Thriller||Bonnie in Episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part"||Television|
|1962||The Law and Mr. Jones||Episode: "The Boy Who Said No"||Television|
|1962||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Mrs. Archer in Episode: "The Test"||Television|
|1962||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Mae in Episode: "What Frightened You, Fred?"||Television|
|1962||The Tall Man||Episode: "Phoebe"||Television|
|1962||Wagon Train||Yolanda in Episode: "The Terry Morrell story"||Television|
|1963||Petticoat Junction||Miss Hammond recurring role||Television|
|1963||The Lieutenant||Marge in Episode: "Instant Wedding"||Television|
|1963||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Rose Cates in Episode: "Last Seen Wearing Blue Jeans"||Television|
|1964||Arrest and Trial||Mrs Nello in Episode: "The Best There Is"||Television|
|1964||Twilight Zone||Ella in Episode: "I Am the Night—Color Me Black"||Television|
|1964||Karen||Mrs Peters in Episode: "The Wig"||Television|
|1965||The Man from U.N.C.L.E||Baroness in Episode: "The Odd Man Affair"||Television|
|1965||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Sylvia Boggs in Episode: "Last Second Wife"||Television|
|1965||Dr. Kildare||Dr. Ruth Becker in Episode: "Wings of Hope"||Television|
|1965||Daniel Boone||Eleanor Tully in Episode: "The Christmas Story"||Television|
|1965||Daniel Boone||Kate Bothwell in Episode: "The Quietists"||Television|
|1966||Hank||Miss Krimmer in Episode: "The Millionth Dollar Baby"||Television|
|1966||My Favorite Martian||Mother in Episode: "Martin the Mannequin"||Television|
|1966||F Troop||Wilma McGee in Episode: "Reunion for O'Rourke"||Television|
|1966||My Mother the Car||Goldie in Episode: "It Might as Well Be Spring as Not"||Television|
|1966||My Three Sons||Clara in Episode: "The Wrong Robbie"||Television|
|1967||Dragnet||Bonnie McKenzie in Episode: "The Senior Citizen"||Television|
|1967||The F.B.I.||Bea Jensen in Episode: "A Question of Guilt"||Television|
|1967||The Way West||Mrs. Masters||Film|
|1967||Bonanza||Harriet Guthrie in Episode: "Night of Reckoning"||Television|
|1967||The Virginian||Maude in Episode: "The Deadly Past"||Television|
|1967||The Graduate||Party guest||Film|
|1968||Ironside||Manager in Episode: "An Obvious Case of Guilt"||Television|
|1968||Dragnet||Margaret Chance in Episode: "Police Commission: DR-13"||Television|
|1968||The Outsider||Mrs. Forrester in Episode: "Tell It like It Is...and You're Dead""||Television|
|1968||Three in the Attic||Mrs. Clinton||Film|
|1968||Adam 12||Mrs. Walker in Episode: "Log 72: El Presidente"||Television|
|1969||The Outsider||Mrs. Forrester in television movie: "Anatomy of a Crime"||Television Movie|
|1969||Mayberry R.F.D.||Mrs. Whitakker in Episode: "Millie, the Model"||Television|
|1969||Dragnet||Mrs. Shore in Episode: "Juvenile: The Little Pusher"||Television|
|1969||The Virginian||Mrs. Foster in Episode: "A Woman of Stone"||Television|
|1969||Room 222||PTA Member in Episode: "Richie's Story"||Television|
|1970||Airport||Mrs. Henry Bron||Film|
|1970||The Liberation of L.B. Jones||Miss Griggs||Film|
|1970||The Odd Couple||Mrs. Luchman in Episode: "The Jury Story"||Television|
|1970||Adam 12||Marge Jenkins in Episode: "Log 174: Loan Sharks"||Television|
|1970–1971||The Red Skelton Show||Series Regular (Various Characters)||Television Variety Series|
|1971||Room 222||Mrs. Cates in Episode: "The Long Honeymoon"||Television|
|1971||Room 222||Madge Morano in Episode: "The Last Full Moon"||Television|
|1971||Love, American Style||Eloise Hempsted||Television (3 episodes)|
|1971||Scuba Duba||Landlady||Stage Studio Arena Theater (Buffalo, NY)|
|1972||The Daughters of Joshua Cabe||Mother Superior||Television Movie|
|1972||The Courtship of Eddie's Father||Lorraine Karn in Episode: "Very Young Man with a Horn"||Television|
|1972||Alias Smith and Jones||Episode: "What Happened at the XST?""||Television|
|1972||McMillan & Wife||Woman (Neighbor)in Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"||Television|
|1972||McMillan & Wife||Mrs. Denny in Episode: "An Elementary Case of Murder"||Television|
|1973||The Streets of San Francisco||Mrs. Logan in Episode: "The Unicorn"||Television|
|1973||Here's Lucy||Woman with Dog in Episode: "The Bow Wow Boutique"||Television|
|1973||Adam 12||Margaret Willis in Episode: "VanNuys Division: Pete's Mustache"||Television|
|1974||McMillan & Wife||Episode: "Reunion in Terror"||Television|
|1974||The Snoop Sisters||Coven Member in Episode: "The Devil Made Me Do It!"||Television|
|1974||Police Story||Ethel in Episode: "Fingerprint"||Television|
|1974||Movin' On||Rosalie in Episode: "Grit"||Television|
|1975||The Texas Wheelers||Mrs. Klate in Episode: "The Music Box"||Television|
|1975||Little House on the Prairie||Mrs. Hillstrom in Episode: "The Gift"||Television|
|1975||Maude||Renee in Episode: "The Christmas Party"||Television|
|1977||The Bionic Woman||Middle Aged Woman in Episode: "Over the Hill Spy"||Television|
|1979||Charlie's Angels||Old Lady (with Lasso) in Episode: "Angels on Vacation"||Television|
|1979||Murder by Natural Causes||Helen Carrington||Television Movie|
|1979||Barnaby Jones||Millie Kelley in Episode: "Master of Deception"||Television|
|1979||Lou Grant||Elizabeth Benson in Episode: "Home"||Television|
|1980||Days of Our Lives||Mrs. Kositchek (Recurring)||Television Soap Opera|
|1980||Spoon River Anthology||Several Characters||Stage (Theatre Forty Company, Beverly Hills)|
|1980||The Jeffersons||Mrs. Simpson in Episode: "Louise's Setback"||Television|
|1980||CHiPs||Wife in Episode: "Dynamite Alley"||Television|
|1981||Lou Grant||Claire in Episode: "Catch"||Television|
|1981||Red Flag:The Ultimate Game||Amanda Clark||Television Movie|
|1981||The Incredible Hulk||Landlady in Episode: "Triangle"||Television|
|1981||The Ninety Day Mistress||Judith Hastings||Stage (Las Vegas)|
|1982||Long Day's Journey Into Night||Mary||Stage (Richmond Shepard Theater Studios, Hollywood)|
|1982||Knots Landing||Mrs. Green in Episode: "China Dolls"||Television|
|1982||Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice||Mrs. Rugolo||Television Movie|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Tenant in Episode: "Stan the Man"||Television|
|1983||Money to Burn||Vivian||Film|
|1983||Knight Rider||Slot Granny in Episode: "The Topaz Connection"||Television|
|1984||Jennifer Slept Here||Episode: "Do You Take This Ghost"||Television|
|1984||Hunter||Mrs. Onadon in Episode: "Hunter (Pilot)"||Television|
|1984||Airwolf||Annie in Episode: "Random Target"||Television|
|1985||T. J. Hooker||Manager in Episode: "Serial Murders"||Television|
|1985||Highway to Heaven||Flora in Episode: "Going Home, Going Home"||Television|
|1985||Creator||Woman with monkey||Film|
|1985||Cagney & Lacey||Dorothy Gantney in Episode: "The Psychic"||Television|
|1985||Simon & Simon||Mrs. MacDermott in Episode: "Burden of the Beast"||Television|
|1986||Simon & Simon||Mrs. Talbot in Episode: "The Cop Who Came to Dinner"||Television|
|1987||Mathnet||Mrs. Swaggle in Episode: "The Problem of the Dirty Money"||Television|
|1987||Square One TV||Mrs. Swaggle in Episode #1.23||Television|
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