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Birth information

16 April 1927 Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA

Death information

15 October 2008 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Edith Elizabeth Enke

How tall is Edie Adams?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Pete Candoli
Martin Mills
Ernie Kovacs

Life Story of Edie Adams

The scintillating, sultry-eyed blonde (formerly a redhead) star of screen, TV and award-winning stage went on to become best known, however, for her sensual delivery pitching cigars in taunting '60s ads and commercials with her Mae Westian come-on line "Why don't you pick one up and smoke it sometime?" This, of course, was at a time when smoking was considered quite sexy and fashionable, and Edie Adams went above and beyond the call of duty in making these ads legendary.

Edie had her hand dipped in all pools of entertainment. She was a singing siren, an award-winning Broadway musical entertainer, a deft impressionist and comedienne, a serious dramatic actress, a commercial saleswoman and a viable TV celebrity. Off-stage, she showed remarkable poise and resourcefulness when her famous first husband, landmark TV comic Ernie Kovacs, was tragically killed in a January 1962 car crash in Los Angeles and she found her family finances in dire straits.

She was born Edith Elizabeth Enke on April 16, 1927, in the relatively small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania, but moved while fairly young to Grove City. Her family relocated again, this time to Tenafly, New Jersey,...

Publications and Magazines about Edie Adams

Edie Adams, w/Robert Windeler Sing a Pretty Song: The Offbeat Life of Edie Adams. 1990

What movies did Edie Adams play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Great Performances (2004) Fairy Godmother / Herself, Tales of the City (1993) Ruby Miller, Kids Incorporated (1992) Ms. Cooper, Designing Women (1990) Edie, It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1990) Edie Adams-Stravely / Clair King, Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989) Senior Club Member, Adventures Beyond Belief (1988) Flo, Trapper John, M.D. (1985) Edie Marks, Murder, She Wrote (1985) Kaye Sheppard, Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984) Mae West, Shooting Stars (1983) Hazel, Boxoffice (1982) Carolyn, CBS Children's Mystery Theatre (1981) Madame Zenia, Fantasy...

Birth information

16 April 1927 Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA

Death information

15 October 2008 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Edith Elizabeth Enke

How tall is Edie Adams?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Pete Candoli
Martin Mills
Ernie Kovacs

Life Story of Edie Adams

The scintillating, sultry-eyed blonde (formerly a redhead) star of screen, TV and award-winning stage went on to become best known, however, for her sensual delivery pitching cigars in taunting '60s ads and commercials with her Mae Westian come-on line "Why don't you pick one up and smoke it sometime?" This, of course, was at a time when smoking was considered quite sexy and fashionable, and Edie Adams went above and beyond the call of duty in making these ads legendary.

Edie had her hand dipped in all pools of entertainment. She was a singing siren, an award-winning Broadway musical entertainer, a deft impressionist and comedienne, a serious dramatic actress, a commercial saleswoman and a viable TV celebrity. Off-stage, she showed remarkable poise and resourcefulness when her famous first husband, landmark TV comic Ernie Kovacs, was tragically killed in a January 1962 car crash in Los Angeles and she found her family finances in dire straits.

She was born Edith Elizabeth Enke on April 16, 1927, in the relatively small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania, but moved while fairly young to Grove City. Her family relocated again, this time to Tenafly, New Jersey,...

Publications and Magazines about Edie Adams

Edie Adams, w/Robert Windeler Sing a Pretty Song: The Offbeat Life of Edie Adams. 1990

What movies did Edie Adams play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Great Performances (2004) Fairy Godmother / Herself, Tales of the City (1993) Ruby Miller, Kids Incorporated (1992) Ms. Cooper, Designing Women (1990) Edie, It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1990) Edie Adams-Stravely / Clair King, Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989) Senior Club Member, Adventures Beyond Belief (1988) Flo, Trapper John, M.D. (1985) Edie Marks, Murder, She Wrote (1985) Kaye Sheppard, Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984) Mae West, Shooting Stars (1983) Hazel, Boxoffice (1982) Carolyn, CBS Children's Mystery Theatre (1981) Madame Zenia, Fantasy...

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Edie Adams, Chad Everett, and Louis Jourdan in Paris ist voller Liebe (1966)

Miss U.S. Television 1950.

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Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, etc.

Lost both her husband and her daughter to separate car accidents.

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Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, etc.

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.

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Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Edie Adams, and Sid Caesar in Eine total, etc.

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.

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Edie Adams and Sid Caesar in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

Won Broadway's 1957 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her performance as Daisy Mae in "Li'l Abner".

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Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Sid Caesar, etc.

Has one son with husband Marty Mills: Josh Mills.

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Edie Adams and Sid Caesar in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

Studied at both the Juilliard School of Music and the Columbia School of Drama.

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Steve Allen and Edie Adams

She was a lifelong registered Republican and a solid supporter of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

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Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, etc.

Following her death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.

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Paul Lynde, Edie Adams, Dean Jones, and Robert Lansing in Ein Ehebett zur Probe (1963)

Ex-stepmother of Tara Candoli and Carolyn Candoli.

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Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, etc.

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Edie Adams and Sid Caesar in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

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Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, etc.

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Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, etc.

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Capucine, Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward, Maggie Smith, Edie Adams, etc.

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Edie Adams in Venedig sehen - und erben... (1967)

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Edie Adams and Cliff Robertson in Venedig sehen - und erben... (1967)

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Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Edie Adams in Das Appartement (1960)

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Red Buttons, Dom DeLuise, and Edie Adams in The Dean Martin Show (1965)

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Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs in Tonight! (1953)

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Jack Lemmon and Edie Adams in Ein Ehebett zur Probe (1963)

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Jack Lemmon, Paul Lynde, Edie Adams, Imogene Coca, Dean Jones, etc.

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Ernest Borgnine, Milton Berle, Stephen Boyd, Joseph Cotten, Jill St. John, Tony Bennett, etc.

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