Former model, contract player for MGM, Warner Bros.

Eve Whitney, a former model and contract player for MGM and Warner Bros. during the 1940s, died Feb. 13 of natural causes in Studio City, Calif. She was 79.

A raven-haired beauty, she modeled for famed illustrator Albert Vargas and as one of the “Petty Girls” for artist George Petty. She also modeled for such Hollywood luminaries as George Hurrell and Lazlo Willinger.

During the 1940s, she appeared as a bit player in a bevy of films including “DuBarry Was a Lady,” “Girl Crazy,” “Ziegfeld Follies,” “Joan of Arc” and “It’s a Great Feeling.”

She is also remembered for essaying the role of “Eve Whitney” in a 1954 episode of “I Love Lucy” titled “Charm School.”

She was married for many years to comedy writer and lyricist Eddie Maxwell, who died in 1999.

She is survived by her daughter, six grandchildren and numerous grandchildren.

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