Edie Adams
American singer
Edie Adams
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.
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Sarajevo - U2 - 19 Years Ago - It Was Real
Huffington Post - 5 months
Sarajevo, September 23rd, 1997 - United States of America, September 23rd, 2016 Nineteen years ago I was on my way to the first concert of my life. I was seventeen. It was exhilarating, exciting. The day was full of promise that the history was about to be made. I was no ordinary teenage girl. Concertgoers that day were not some ordinary concertgoers. We were men, women, teenagers who were cut off from the world to which we thought we belonged to for three years. We were cut off, forgotten, left to starve and die. To this day, I cannot believe that in only three years we moved from the sniper fire, shelling, death and hunger to a U2 concert, their POPMart tour. For me this was the first time that the world has come back to us. They arrived, the four of them, Bono, the Edge, Adam and Larry, bringing all that we yearned for, freedom, carelessness, release, life. Organizers told us to wear sneakers to preserve the grass on the Kosevo stadium. For what, I thought, for all those inte ...
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Who was Edie Adams? New DVDs spotlight a TV trailblazer
USA Today - over 3 years
Whitney spotlights unearthed episodes of the '60s show from the TV pioneer, now on DVD.
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Jay Weston: It Was a "Mad World" Last Night at the Motion Picture Academy!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Last evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences theater in Beverly Hills, a newly-restored print of Stanley Kramer's 1963 epic comic masterpiece, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, was screened for an wildly enthusiastic audience. Academy programmer Randy Haberkamp told me it was the first of their "Last 70 mm Film Festival" events this summer. "We wanted to celebrate the really terrific medium that 70 mm widescreen film is," he said. "In following weeks we will be screening Spartacus, Sleeping Beauty, Grand Prix, 2001 and The Sound of Music. Before last night's screening, there was a question-and-answer session on stage hosted by Billy Crystal, with some of the related participants... Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Stan Freberg, Marvin Kaplan, Barrie Chase, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and script supervisor Marshall Schlom, with Karen Sharp Kramer helping to organize it. And I was there, remembering all and smiling to myself at the full and until-now un ...
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You Can't Do That on Television: The Legacy of Ernie Kovacs
The L Magazine - almost 5 years
A primer in advance of the Museum of the Moving Image's tribute to TV's early, anarchic genius. by Steve Macfarlane Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams Panel discussion Friday, April 27 and rotating clips on display through May 27 at the Museum of the Moving Image Let's get something straight.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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THE LEADING MEN: Ron Raines and Danny Burstein, the Stage Door Johnnys of Follies - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
Yeah, I did it in Detroit with Michigan Opera Theatre, with Nancy Dussault and Juliet Prowse, and our Carlotta was Edie Adams. I was too young to do Ben at that time. Although I did a pretty good job, that character stayed with me
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Call Me Bwana - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
Nonetheless, to Africa he goes, accompanied by female security agent Frederica Larden (Edie Adams). Landing in Africa - the country goes unnamed, but a map suggests it's the Congo - Merriwether teams up with a voluptuous blonde scientist,
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Hair Stylist Guy Lawson Dies At 66 - The Beverly Hills Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Among his subsequent clients were Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Charlotte Ford, Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Joan Rivers, Anne Ford Johnson, Ali McGraw, Rock Hudson, Jacques Mapes, Robert Evans, Dinah Shore, Edie Adams and many others
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Celebrity hairstylist, AIDS activist Guy Lawson dies at age 66 in LA - The Desert Sun
Google News - over 5 years
27, 1944, in Enterprise, Miss., moved to Los Angeles in 1971, where he did hair for celebrities including Anne Ford Johnson, Ali McGraw, Rock Hudson, Dinah Shore, Robert Evans and Edie Adams, Taylor said. When he retired, Lawson moved to Palm Springs,
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Pam Platt | We still love Lucy: A century after her birth, gift of laughter ... - Louisville Courier-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Edie Adams, who worked on one of those tension-filled shows with her husband, Ernie Kovacs, said, “Every time they wanted to film the funny scene she'd break down and cry. … No one could stand to watch it.” Divorce court was next, and when Lucy came
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Rock Dad's Day with gifts of sight and sound - NewsOK.com
Google News - over 5 years
... playground of comic possibilities, and he devised all manner of surreal sight gags from the studio control booth when he wasn't staging his wildly inventive, improvisational sketches with the help of lovely wife Edie Adams and a cast of regulars
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In Other Word 6-10-11 - Barnstable Patriot
Google News - over 5 years
Ernie was married to Edie Adams, a beautiful woman with a trained and lovely voice. Sometimes she wasn't on his show because she was on the road in a play, for instance as Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner. But sometimes she joined him. In one skit, she flounced
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THE BEST MAN: Sex Scandals and Politics at the Movies Pt. 3 - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Also in the Best Man cast: Edie Adams, Ann Sothern, Lee Tracy, Margaret Leighton, Kevin McCarthy, Shelley Berman, Gene Raymond, and Richard Arlen. The Best Man earned veteran Lee Tracy Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the Best Supporting
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DVD Extra: Lost 'Flight' surfaces after 78 years - New York Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Curtiz' "Man in the Net'' (1959) with Alan Ladd; Gordon Douglas' "Call Me Bwana'' (1963) a Bob Hope farce with Anita Ekberg, Edie Adams and Arnold Palmer; and David Swift's "Love Is a Ball'' (1963) starring Glenn Ford, Hope Lange and Charles Boyer
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“TALES OF THE CITY” – Totally Sensational, Totally San Francisco - SanFranciscoSentinel.com
Google News - over 5 years
I missed “Ruby Miller” (played by Edie Adams in the mini-series), Mr. Halcyon's buxom spiritual advisor. Scenic designer Douglas W. Schmidt's triple tiered set and flying shutters convert 28 Barbary Lane into the high rise advertising offices of Edgar
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Ernie Kovacs still amuses, influences, amazes - The Villager
Google News - over 5 years
While Kovacs' late widow (and comedy partner) Edie Adams was able to track down and save many of the kinescopes covering a lot of his career, the years 1952-55 (when he worked mostly at the now-defunct DuMont Network) are missing, possibly permanently
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VIDIOT'S BOX: Blue Valentine and The Ernie Kovacs Collection - Montreal Mirror
Google News - almost 6 years
Aided by his bombshell wife/sidekick Edie Adams and other comedic collaborators, Kovacs offered up Mad magazine-like parodies, goofy characters and oddball formal experiments. His sense of humour is undoubtedly corny and dated, but fans of classic
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Preserving the past at the McCloud cemetery - Mount Shasta Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
“I was born and raised here, and we've always had our cemetery,” Edie Adams of the Alumni Association, said. “But it's nice to get it cleaned up. It's wonderful to have a new directory.” “Milt Shrader, our president, has done a wonderful job of putting
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That Kovacs Touch: Comedy's Lunatic Fringe
NYTimes - almost 6 years
TELEVISION in the 1950s was still something relatively new and strange. But nowhere was it stranger -- or funnier -- than in the shows of Ernie Kovacs. Like all of the Marx Brothers rolled into one, Kovacs, armed with just a cigar, peppered the airwaves pell-mell as he took on the intimate but intimidating new medium. He casually wrought chaos with
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Vintage Trailer of the Day: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) - Film School Rejects
Google News - almost 6 years
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World really did feature a metric ton of comedic talent including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Spencer Tracy, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Edie Adams, Jonathan Winters and more cameos than The
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That Kovacs Touch: Comedy's Lunatic Fringe - New York Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Before home video, archives of Kovacs's work were in danger of being destroyed until his widow and right-hand comic, Edie Adams, took steps to conserve his legacy. And, fortunately for the contemporary viewer, Shout! Factory has just released a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Edie Adams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 80
    Edie Adams died in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2008, aged 81, from cancer and pneumonia.
    More Details Hide Details She was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills between her daughter, Mia, and her stepdaughter, Kippie. After her death a New York Times article summarized her body of work as "both embodied and winked at the stereotypes of fetching chanteuse and sexpot blonde".
  • 2003
    Age 75
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was also a successful nightclub headliner. Shortly after her husband's death, Adams won a "nasty custody battle" with Kovacs' ex-wife over her stepdaughters, Kip Raleigh "Kippie" Kovacs (1949–2001) (married Bill Lancaster, (1947–1997) son of Burt Lancaster) and Elizabeth ("Bette"). His ex-wife had previously kidnapped the girls during a visit; Adams and Kovacs worked tirelessly to locate his daughters and return them to their father's custody. Another court battle began for Adams in the same year; this time with her mother-in-law, who refused to believe there were more debts than assets in her son's estate. Mary Kovacs accused her daughter-in-law of mismanaging the estate and petitioned for custody of her granddaughters. The dispute lasted for years with Edie remaining the administrator of her husband's estate and guardianship of the three girls. She worked for years to pay her late husband's tax debt to the IRS. The couple's celebrity friends planned a TV special benefit for Edie and her family, but she declined, saying, "I can take care of my own children." She spent the next year working practically non-stop.
  • 1999
    Age 71
    Adams archived her husband's television work, which she described during a 1999 video taped interview with the Archive of American Television.
    More Details Hide Details She later testified on the status of the archive of the short lived DuMont Television Network, where both she and husband Kovacs worked during the early 1950s. Adams claimed that so little value was given to the film archive that the entire collection was loaded into three trucks and dumped into Upper New York Bay. Upon discovering that her husband's work was disappearing through being discarded and re-use of the tapes, Edie Adams initially used the proceeds of his insurance policy to purchase the rights to as much footage as possible. She also used her own earnings for this purpose.
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 44
    In 1972, Adams married trumpeter Pete Candoli, with whom she appeared in a touring production of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to raising stepdaughters Bette and Kippie from her marriage to Kovacs, Adams gave birth to daughter Mia Susan Kovacs (killed, like her father, in an automobile accident, in 1982), and son Joshua Mills.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 36
    After Kovacs' death, Adams was married two more times. In 1964, Adams married photographer Martin Mills.
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    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Kovacs was a noted cigar smoker, and Adams did a long-running series of TV commercials for Muriel cigars. She remained the pitch-lady for Muriel well after Kovacs' death, intoning in a Mae West style and sexy outfit, "Why don't you pick one up and smoke it sometime?" Another commercial for Muriel cigars, which cost ten cents, showed Adams singing, "Hey, big spender, spend a little dime with me" (based on the song, "Hey Big Spender" from the musical Sweet Charity). Adams' cigar commercials made her one of the top three recognizable television celebrities. In subsequent years, Adams made sporadic television appearances, including on Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, McMillan and Wife, Murder, She Wrote, and Designing Women. Adams starred on Broadway in Wonderful Town (1953) opposite Rosalind Russell (winning the Theatre World Award), and as Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner (1956), winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She played the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's original Cinderella broadcast in 1957. Adams was to play Daisy Mae in the film version of Li'l Abner, but was unable, due to the late arrival of her daughter, Mia Susan Kovacs.
  • 1962
    Age 34
    It was Kovacs' second marriage, and lasted until his death in a car accident on January 13, 1962.
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  • 1960
    Age 32
    In 1960, she and Kovacs played themselves in the final Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour television special on CBS.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 29
    Adams and Kovacs received Emmy nominations for best performances in a comedy series in 1957.
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  • 1954
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Adams was initially uncertain about marrying Kovacs. She went on a six-week European cruise, hoping to come to a decision. After three days away and many long distance phone calls, Adams returned home with an answer - it was "yes".
  • 1951
    Age 23
    She became part of the show in July 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Adams had never seen the program she was hired for. When he saw his daughter on the show, Adams' father was upset to find her role involved trying to avoid pies in the face. In one of his last interviews, Ernie Kovacs looked back on the early days, saying, "I wish I could say I was the big shot that hired her, but it was my show in name only—the producer had all the say. Later on I did have something to say and I said it, 'Let's get married.'".
  • 1950
    Age 22
    In 1950, she won the "Miss U.S. Television" beauty contest, which led to an appearance with Milton Berle on his television show.
    More Details Hide Details Her earliest television work billed her as Edith Adams. One of her early appearances was on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. She was seen by the producer of the Ernie Kovacs show Three To Get Ready (in Philadelphia), who invited her to audition. Edie, who was well-trained in classical music, had very little experience with popular music and could perform only three songs. She later stated: "I sang them all during the audition, and if they had asked to hear another, I never would have made it."
  • 1949
    Age 21
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on April 16, 1927.
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