Film, TV and stage actress

Eve McVeagh Gordon, a film, TV and stage actress, died Dec. 10 of natural causes in Los Angeles. She was 78.

Born in Ohio, Gordon moved to Los Angeles in 1923, where she started acting in theater in her teens. During her 20s she went to New York, performing on Broadway and radio.

After returning to L.A. to raise her family, Gordon starred in West Coast premieres of Broadway shows at the Pasadena Playhouse, notably “Come Back Little Sheba.” Her Hollywood theater work includes one year as the female lead in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Gordon broke into film with a co-starring credit in “High Noon” (1952). She went on to appear in numerous films, including “The Graduate” (1967), “King Kong” (1976), “Airplane!” (1980) and “Creator” (1985).

Her TV credits include regular appearances on the Red Skelton and Johnny Carson shows, as well as character parts on “I Love Lucy,” “Superman,” “Dragnet,” “Bonanza” and “Hill Street Blues.”

Gordon also worked as a voice and acting coach at the Film Actors Workshop at Warner Bros. Studios.

Gordon is survived by her husband, Clarke; two sons; two daughters; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Gordon’s name be made to Berkeley Hall School, 16000 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles CA 90049.

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