Eve Miller in Kansas Pacific
August 8, 1923
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||August 17, 1973
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
Eve Miller (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.
Miller's original surname was "Turner" but she changed it when she began her career in movies. Born in Los Angeles, California, she was raised in San Francisco. Her father was a piano salesman. During the early years of World War II Miller worked as a welder in a shipyard. However before the war ended she had taken a job as a department store clerk, 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.
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.
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.
Eve Miller's final appearance was a 1961 role in the crime drama, COronado 9.
In 1954 Miller met Glase Lohman, an actor who had a brief television and movie career in the mid-1950s, and they became engaged. On July 21, 1955, after an argument between the two, Miller attempted suicide by stabbing herself in the abdomen. According to newspapers at the time, she was discovered by police on her kitchen floor, surrounded by letters she had written to Lohman. Eventually, after 4 hours of surgery, she recovered.
- Eve Miller at the Internet Movie Database
- Timeline of Miller's life
- New York Times account of Miller's 1955 suicide attempt