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Edie Adams

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A attractive blonde singer, actress and comedienne, Edie Adams has performed on-stage, about television, in nightclubs and in films. Created Elizabeth Edith Enke Apr 16, 1927 in Kingston, Pa, she started her performing and singing profession in university. She was a graduate from the Juilliard College of Music as well as the Columbia College of Theatre. Her display business career started when she came into a tv talent display. With her tv debut arrived the prestigious game titles of Miss NY Tv and Miss U.S. Tv. Through the 1950s Edie Adams noticed her recognition soar when she starred with Ernie Kovacs on his tv program, The Ernie Kovacs Display. In 1955, she wedded the popular celebrity but was widowed in 1962. She wedded two more instances, to Marty Mills in 1964 and Pete Condoli in 1972. Both these marriages finished in divorce. Apart from her tv profession, Edie Adams discovered time and energy to perform on Broadway and on-stage. She starred in Fantastic City in 1953 and received a Tony Honor in 1956 on her behalf portrayal of Daisy Mae in Li’l Abner. She also starred within the 1st musical comedy created for tv, Cinderella, with musical feeling Julie Andrews. Edie Adams released an recording in 1959 entitled The Charming Miss Edie Adams within the RKO record label. The tunes she sang, including “Sailor Man” and “THERE COULD BE a Like” had been previously released strikes. “UNLESS YOU Like Me” and “He Don’t Wanna Become Kissed,” also within the recording, were compiled by Ernie Kovacs, her then-husband, Domenico Modugno, the article writer and vocalist of Volare, and Jack port Segal, a lyricist. The recording was re-released in 1997 within the Varese record label. The ’60s brought Edie Adams various new film tasks, mostly secondary tasks. Actually in these assignments, though, her attraction and glamorous appears were observed. She appeared within the Apartment, From the Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Globe and Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke cigarettes in 1978. Edie Adams portrayed Mae Western world in Ernie Kovacs: Between your Laughter; the tv screen biography shown in 1984. Her film credits within the ’80s likewise incorporate The Content Hooker Would go to Hollywood and Boxoffice. Her tv career continued within the ’90s with assignments in Stories of the town and Jack port Spanner, Private Eyes. Her personal lifestyle took a unhappy submit 1982 when her little girl, whose dad was Ernie Kovacs, was wiped out in a vehicle accident. Sing a fairly Melody, Edie Adams’ autobiography released in 1990, recounts not merely her personal lifestyle, but her stage, film, nightclub and tv career.

Quick Facts


Full Name Edie Adams
Died October 15, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.68 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Comedian, Businessperson
Education Juilliard School, Actors Studio, Columbia University
Nationality American
Spouse Pete Candoli, Martin Mills, Ernie Kovacs
Children Mia Susan Kovacs, Joshua Mills
Parents Sheldon Alonzo Enke, Ada Dorothy Adams
Siblings Sheldon Adams Enke
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Music Songs There May Be a Love, He Don't Wanna Be Kissed, Namely You, Household / Holiday Blues, Goodnight My Someone, Swiss Holiday, You're My Everything, Sailor Man, He Was Too Good to Me, Show Time on Broadway, I Must Love You, It's Christmas Time, A Little Bit In Love, He Was Too Good, I'm Past My Prime, There's So Much More, The Theme From Studio X, Love in a Home, More Than You Know, Make Someone Happy, A Bushel and a Peck, Lazy Afternoon, Tip Toe Through The Tulips, Little Girl Blue, If You Don't Love Me, Why Can't I, Hey Big Spender, The Wedding, Unnecessary Town, Wrong Note Rag, Pass The Football, Whiffenpoof Song
Albums Swiss Holiday, There's So Much More, Showtime on Broadway, Wonderful Town, Careless Love, Music To Listen To Records By - Edie Adams Sings?, The Edie Adams Christmas Album [feat. Ernie Kovacs (1952)], The Charming Miss Edie Adams, Christmas Collection (Original Classic Christmas Songs), Let It Snow!, Rita Moreno Sings / Show Time on Broadway, White Christmas, Star Bright (Christmas Recordings Remastered), Indian Love Call, Merry Christmas, Christmas Songs, He Was Too Good For Me, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Playing Christmas Themes, The Classic Christmas Album (Remastered), The Christmas Collection - Carols and Hymns, The Christmas Album, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Christmas Gold Collection, Christmas With: Edie Adams, The Classic Christmas Collection, It's Christmas Time, Edie Adams Sings?, Essential Hits
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance - Comedienne In A Series
Movies It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Apartment, Up in Smoke, Lover Come Back, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Love with the Proper Stranger, The Honey Pot, Call Me Bwana, The Best Man, Cinderella, Made in Paris, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There, The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, Evil Roy Slade, The Seekers, Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter, The Oscar, Superdome, Jake Spanner, Private Eye, Racquet, A Cry for Love, Fast Friends, Shooting Stars, Mrs. Columbo: Word Games, Kovacs!, Boxoffice, The Return of Joe Forrester
TV Shows Here's Edie, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Ernie In Kovacsland, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Chevy Show (1958), Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad, Tales of the City (UK)


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#Fact
1 Ex-stepmother of Tara Candoli and Carolyn Candoli.
2 Following her death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
3 She was a lifelong registered Republican and a solid supporter of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
4 Won a custody battle over Kovacs' daughters, Betty and Kippie (from Kovacs' first marriage) after his death in 1962.
5 Patented a cigar holder-ring which she used in TV ads for Muriel Cigars in the 1960s. It was designed to show women that it was "ladylike" to smoke cigars.
6 At age 15, Edie was the baton-twirling champion of Tenafly, New Jersey.
7 Was the celebrity spokeswoman for Muriel Cigars for 19 years.
8 Studied at both the Juilliard School of Music and the Columbia School of Drama.
9 Has one son with husband Marty Mills: Josh Mills.
10 Won Broadway's 1957 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her performance as Daisy Mae in "Li'l Abner".
11 Married Ernie Kovacs in Mexico City. The ceremony was presided over by former New York City mayor William O'Dwyer, and performed in Spanish, which neither Kovacs or Adams understood; O'Dwyer had to prompt each to say "Si" at the "I do" portion of the vows.
12 When her husband, Ernie Kovacs, died in a car accident, he owed the IRS several hundred thousand dollars in back taxes (he felt that the tax system was unfair, and simply refused to pay it). Edie Adams took it upon herself to pay the back taxes, refusing help from her celebrity friends, and appeared in television commercials and other television work to raise the money. After several years, the back taxes were fully paid off.
13 Lost both her husband and her daughter to separate car accidents.
14 Her daughter, Mia Kovacs, was killed in a car crash in 1982.
15 Miss U.S. Television 1950.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances 2004 TV Series Fairy Godmother / Herself
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 TV Mini-Series Ruby Miller
Designing Women 1990 TV Series Edie
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1989-1990 TV Series Edie Adams-Stravely / Clair King
Jake Spanner, Private Eye 1989 TV Movie Senior Club Member
Adventures Beyond Belief 1987 TV Series Flo
Trapper John, M.D. 1985 TV Series Edie Marks
Murder, She Wrote 1985 TV Series Kaye Sheppard
Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter 1984 TV Movie Mae West
Shooting Stars 1983 TV Movie Hazel
Boxoffice 1982 Carolyn
CBS Children's Mystery Theatre 1981 TV Series Madame Zenia
Fantasy Island 1981 TV Series Liz Fuller
Vega$ 1981 TV Series Angela
Bosom Buddies 1980 TV Series Darlene
A Cry for Love 1980 TV Movie Tessie
Portrait of an Escort 1980 TV Movie Mrs. Kennedy
The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood 1980 Rita Beater
Make Me an Offer 1980 TV Movie Francine Sherman
A Man Called Sloane 1979 TV Series Chandler
Racquet 1979 Leslie Sargent
Fast Friends 1979 TV Movie Connie Burton
Mrs. Columbo 1979 TV Series Joanne Huston
The Seekers 1979 TV Mini-Series Flora Cato
The Eddie Capra Mysteries 1978 TV Series Claudia Carroll
The Love Boat 1978 TV Series Maureen Buell
Up in Smoke 1978 Mrs. Tempest Stoner
Superdome 1978 TV Movie Joyce
Police Woman 1978 TV Series Lorenza
Rosetti and Ryan 1977 TV Series Evelyn Albert
The Practice 1976 TV Series Carlotta
The Blue Knight 1976 TV Series Torchy
Harry O 1976 TV Series Kate Roberti
Cop on the Beat 1975 TV Movie Massage Parlor Owner
Joe Forrester 1975 TV Series
Tarzana 1972 Short Hooker
McMillan & Wife 1972 TV Series Louise Montgomery
Evil Roy Slade 1972 TV Movie Flossie
Love, American Style 1971 TV Series Mrs. Winslow (segment "Love and the Hotel Caper")
The Lucy Show 1968 TV Series Nanette Johnson
The Honey Pot 1967 Merle McGill
The Red Skelton Hour 1959-1967 TV Series Lulu Trueblood / Ruby
The Oscar 1966 Trina Yale
Made in Paris 1966 Irene Chase
The Best Man 1964 Mabel Cantwell
Love with the Proper Stranger 1963 Barbie
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 1963 Monica Crump
Under the Yum Yum Tree 1963 Dr. Irene Wilson
Call Me Bwana 1963 Frederica
The Dick Powell Theatre 1963 TV Series Model
Lover Come Back 1961 Rebel Davis
Theatre '62 1961 TV Series
The Spiral Staircase 1961 TV Movie Blanche
The United States Steel Hour 1960-1961 TV Series
The Apartment 1960 Miss Olsen
Art Carney Special 1959 TV Series
General Electric Theater 1958 TV Series Sue Ellen
Suspicion 1958 TV Series Gloria Chrystie
Cinderella 1957 TV Special Fairy Godmother (as Edith Adams)
Showdown at Ulcer Gulch 1956 Short Cameo appearance (Wife of man in bar)
As the World Turns 1956 TV Series Roseanne (1982)
Appointment with Adventure 1955 TV Series
Suspense 1954 TV Series

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Edie 1962-1964 TV Series 20 episodes
Here's Edie 1962 TV Movie as Enke

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Edie 1963-1964 TV Series 6 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Here's Edie 1962 TV Movie performer: "Bilbao", "My Ship", "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street", "On the Good Ship Lollipop", "Italian Street Song", "Forty-Second Street", "'S Wonderful" - uncredited
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cinderella 1957 TV Special performer: "Impossible; It's Possible", "The Wedding"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary photos - 1 episode
Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter 1984 TV Movie technical advisor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection 2013 TV Series Herself - Host (2013)
Inside 'The Apartment' 2008 Video documentary short Herself
A Lovely Night: The Making of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Television Classic 2005 Short Herself
The Desilu Story 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 Documentary Herself
Biography 1998-2001 TV Series documentary Herself
American Masters 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' 1991 TV Movie documentary Herself / Monica Crump
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Herself
Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius 1982 TV Movie documentary Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Herself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 TV Special Herself
The Paul Ryan Show 1977 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1969-1977 TV Series Herself - Comedienne / Actress / Herself - Vocalist / ...
The Merv Griffin Show 1976 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Bowling 1976 TV Series Herself
Jack Paar Tonite 1973 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares 1969-1972 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1972 TV Series Herself - Guest
Stand Up and Cheer 1971 TV Series Herself
The Bob Hope Show 1963-1971 TV Series Herself / Deb Presenter
The 25th Annual Tony Awards 1971 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Don Knotts Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The Kraft Music Hall 1968-1970 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
Playboy After Dark 1970 TV Series Herself
The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood 1970 TV Movie Herself
The Carol Burnett Show 1968-1969 TV Series Herself
The Match Game 1969 TV Series Team Captain
The Hollywood Palace 1965-1969 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The John Gary Show 1968 TV Series Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1968 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Herself
The Linkletter Show 1967 TV Series Herself
The Dean Martin Show 1967 TV Series Herself - Guest
I've Got a Secret 1956-1966 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Guest / Herself - Guest Star / Herself - Guest Panelist
The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Program 1965 TV Series Herself
What's My Line? 1956-1964 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
Here's Edie 1962-1964 TV Series Herself - Host / Vocalist
Password All-Stars 1961-1963 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Sid Caesar - Edie Adams Together 1963 TV Special Herself
Talent Scouts 1963 TV Series Herself
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1963 TV Special Herself - Host
Juke Box Jury 1962 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Here's Hollywood 1961-1962 TV Series Herself
The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1962 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series and Presenter
The Bing Crosby Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1957-1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Actress / Vocalist / Herself - Comedienne
Here's Edie 1962 TV Movie Herself / Host
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Herself
Omnibus 1961 TV Series Herself
Take a Good Look 1960 TV Series Himself / Herself - Panelist / Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957-1960 TV Series Herself
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour 1960 TV Series Herself
American Cowboy 1960 TV Movie Herself
The Chevy Show 1959 TV Series Herself - Co-Host
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957-1959 TV Series Herself - Guest Host / Herself / Herself - Hostess
Kovacs on Music 1959 TV Movie Herself / Various
The Garry Moore Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The Arthur Murray Party 1958 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956-1958 TV Series Herself
The Gisele MacKenzie Show 1958 TV Series Herself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series Herself - Singer
The 11th Annual Tony Awards 1957 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Distinguished Supporting or Featured Musical Actress
The George Gobel Show 1957 TV Series Herself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Jonathan Winters Show 1956 TV Series Herself
The Walter Winchell Show 1956 TV Series Herself
The Ernie Kovacs Show 1956 TV Series Herself
The NBC Comedy Hour 1956 TV Series Herself - Actress
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1955 TV Series Herself - Singer
Coke Time 1953 TV Series Herself
Ernie in Kovacsland 1951 TV Series Herself - Vocalist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
Dreams with Sharp Teeth 2008 Documentary Trina Yale in 'The Oscar'
Cinerama Adventure 2002 Documentary Monica Crump (in "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World") (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 Multimedia Achievement Award Pocono Mountains Film Festival

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Supporting Performance, Female Made in Paris (1966)
1963 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series Here's Edie (1963)
1962 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series Here's Edie (1962)
1962 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Comedy Performance Lover Come Back (1961)
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952)


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#Quote
1 (on falling in love with Ernie Kovacs) Here was this guy with the big moustache, the big cigar, and the silly hat. I thought, "I don't know what this is, but it's for me.".
2 (on her audition for the Arthur Godfrey Show, which she knew only three pop songs) I sang them all during the audition, and if they had asked to hear another, I never would have made it.


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