Edie Adams

Born Apr 16, 1927

Edie Adams was an American singer, Broadway, television and film actress and comedienne. Adams, a Tony Award winner, "both embodied and winked at the stereotypes of fetching chanteuse and sexpot blonde. " She was well known for her impersonations of female stars on stage and television, most particularly, Marilyn Monroe, and was the wife and frequent partner of Ernie Kovacs.… Read More

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1927 Birth Born on April 16, 1927.


1949 22 Years Old In 1949-50, she appeared in the early live television show Bonnie Maid's Versatile Varieties as one of the original "Bonnie Maids" doing live commercials for the sponsor.
1950 23 Years Old In 1950, she won the "Miss U.S. Television" beauty contest, which led to an appearance with Milton Berle on his television show. … Read More
1951 24 Years Old She became part of the show in July 1951. … Read More
1954 27 Years Old Adams began working regularly on television with comedian Ernie Kovacs and talk show pioneer Jack Paar. After a courtship that included mariachi bands and an unexpected diamond engagement ring, Adams and Ernie Kovacs eloped; they were married on September 12, 1954, in Mexico City. … Read More


1957 30 Years Old Adams and Kovacs received Emmy nominations for best performances in a comedy series in 1957.
1960 33 Years Old In 1960, she and Kovacs played themselves in the final Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour television special on CBS.
1962 35 Years Old It was Kovacs' second marriage, and lasted until his death in a car accident on January 13, 1962.
1963 36 Years Old After Kovacs' death, his network, ABC, gave Adams a chance with her own show, Here's Edie, which received five Emmy nominations but lasted one season, in 1963. … Read More
1964 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was the wife of a presidential candidate (played by Cliff Robertson) in 1964's The Best Man and was reunited with Robertson for a 1967 comedy, The Honey Pot.


1972 45 Years Old In 1972, Adams married trumpeter Pete Candoli, with whom she appeared in a touring production of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. … Read More


1999 72 Years Old Adams archived her husband's television work, which she described during a 1999 video taped interview with the Archive of American Television. … Read More
2003 76 Years Old In 2003, as one of the surviving headliners from the all-star comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, she joined actors Marvin Kaplan and Sid Caesar at a 40th anniversary celebration of the movie. … Read More
2008 82 Years Old Edie Adams died in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2008, aged 81, from cancer and pneumonia. … Read More
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