Golden was born near Philadelphia, the child of an electronics engineer and a
high-school guidance secretary. The family was gay-friendly, and one grandmother
was openly lesbian. Family funding paid the costs of transition including
Golden graduated from Philadelphia College of Art, 1975 (before it became
part of the University
of the Arts
). She read Neils Hoyer’s book on Lili
; started hormones at 18, started living as a woman
at 20, and had surgery as soon as she was 21. Eve had done two years at Towson State
as a man, took a semester off and returned as herself. That was
okay with the students, but less so with the faculty. The head of the theatre
department said that he would never allow her on stage. She would be a
distraction -- and what if an actor had to play a love scene with her. However
Eve did graduate in 1979.
She acted for about five years: Off-Broadway, in commercials and summer
stock. In 1984 Eve got a job as a secretary with a New York advertising agency,
and talked her way into a copywriting position.
Being a classic-movie buff, she was annoyed that there was no good book on Jean Harlow
, and eventually
had a go at writing one herself. She managed to get an agent, a publisher and an
advance, and the book came out in 1991. It got good reviews and sold well.
By that time she was working as a senior editor. She followed up with books
on silent actress Theda
, 1997, Essays on Silent Film Stars, 1998, Anna Held
Broadway, 2000, the 1950s actress Kay Kendall
From 2005 Golden was working as a freelance writer and photographic
archivist. In 2007 she published a book on the Ragtime dancers, Vernon and Irene
Eve next intended to do a book on Peg Entwistle
British actress, who is mainly remembered in that she jumped to her death from
the Hollywood Sign in 1932 at the age of 24. However after starting research,
she discovered that a first-time writer, James Zeruk, was already working on
such a biography. Impressed by the quality of his work, she helped him.
Her most recent books have been Essays on film stars 1930s-60s, 2009, and on
the silent actor, John Gilbert
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- Eve Golden. Platinum Girl: The Life and Legends of Jean Harlow.
Abbeville Press, 1991.
- Eve Golden. Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara. Vestal Press,
- Eve Golden. Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars. McFarland,
- Eve Golden. Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway.
University Press of Kentucky, 2000.
- Eve Golden. The Brief, Madcap Life of Kay Kendall. University Press
of Kentucky, 2002.
- Eve Golden. Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution. University
Press of Kentucky, 2007.
- Eve Golden. Bride of Golden Images: Essays on Stars of the 1930s-60s.
BearManor Media, 2009.
- Eve Golden. John Gilbert : the last of the silent film stars.
University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
- James Zeruk, with an introduction by Eve Golden. Peg Entwistle and the
Hollywood Sign Suicide: A Biography. McFarland Publishing, 2013.
- Una Newling. “Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead“. Transas City, March