Eve Brent

Jean Ann Ewers, (September 11, 1929 – August 27, 2011), known professionally as Eve Brent and Jean Lewis, was an American actress known for her role as Jane in Tarzan's Fight for Life.

Eve Brent
Jean Ann Ewers

(1929-09-11)September 11, 1929
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedAugust 27, 2011(2011-08-27) (aged 81)
Other namesJean Lewis
Years active1955–2011
Known forJane in Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)
Notable work
Fade to Black (1980)
Home townHouston, Texas, U.S.
  • Jack Baker Lewis
    (m. 1946; div. 19??)
  • Major Freeman
    (m. 19??; div. 1958)
  • Neil W. Kidwell
    (m. 1962; div. 19??)
  • Michael Ashe
    (m. 1978; died 2008)
AwardsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress (1980)


Early years

Born as Jean Ann Ewers in Houston, Texas in 1929, and raised in Fort Worth, she appeared on radio and television (guest-starring roles and hundreds of commercials), in movies and on the theater stage.[1]


Some of her early film work includes roles in Gun Girls (1956), Journey to Freedom (1957) and Forty Guns (1957).[1] She became the twelfth actress to play Jane when she appeared opposite Gordon Scott's Tarzan in the film Tarzan's Fight for Life, (1958). She also played the role in Tarzan and the Trappers 1958, three episodes filmed as a pilot for a proposed Tarzan television series.[1] She also appeared in the "Girl on the Road" episode of The Veil, a short 1958 Boris Karloff TV series that was never aired. In 1967, she appeared as Benjie Carver's mother in the LSD Story episode of the Dragnet television show.[2]


In 1980, she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Fade to Black. In 1998, she appeared as the grandmother of a family gathered around the dinner table in a Christmas television commercial for Publix Super Markets. Her best-known recent work in films was in The Green Mile, 1999.[1] She continued to work in episodic television, and made a guest appearance in 2006 on an episode of Scrubs, and in 2010 on an episode of Community.


By her 40s, Brent had been married and divorced numerous times.[3] Michael Ashe, her fifth and last husband[1] died on July 31, 2008.


Eve Brent died from natural causes, fifteen days before her 82nd birthday, on August 27, 2011, aged 81.[4]

Partial filmography


  1. Weaver, Tom (2002). Science Fiction Confidential: Interviews with 23 Monster Stars and Filmmakers. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 24–36. ISBN 0-7864-1175-9. Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  2. Hawkins, Kit (2011-09-02). "Actress Eve Brent Dies". SFScope. Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  3. Pendreigh, Brian (2011-09-08). "Obituary: Eve Brent, actress". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  4. Barnes, Mike (2011-09-02). "Eve Brent, Prolific Character Actress, Dies at 82". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
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