Redheaded actress, singer, and dancer who hosted her own variety show, Here's Edie, on ABC during the 1963-64 television season. Ms. Adams is probably best remembered today for her many commercials for Muriel Cigars and for her roles as Monica Crump in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad…more
Edie made her film debut in the 1960 classic The Apartment.
Edie made her Broadway debut in the 1953 musical Wonderful Town.
Edie's catchphrase on her Muriel Cigar commercials was "Pick one up and smoke it sometime."
Husband Ernie Kovacs always referred to her as "Miss Edie Adams" when she appeared on one of his shows.
Edie was nominated three times for Emmys in 1957, 1962, and 1963, but she never won.
In 1957, Edie co-starred with Julie Andrews in the first musical written for television, Cinderella. She played the Fairy Godmother.
In 1959, Edie released an album entitled The Charming Miss Edie Adams which included a couple of songs written by husband Ernie Kovacs.
Edie portrayed Mae West in Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter, a 1984 made-for-TV biopic about her late first husband.
In 1990, Edie published her autobiography entitled Sing a Pretty Tune.
After receiving news of the death of her husband, Ernie Kovacs, Edie reportedly became hysterical so family friend Jack Lemmon went to the morgue and identified the body.
Before breaking into show business, Edie attended both the Juilliard School of Music and the Columbia University School of Drama.
In 1957, Edie won a Tony Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Daisy Mae in Li'i Abner.
In 1950, Edie was named Miss U.S. Television.
When first husband Ernie Kovacs died, he owed a large tax debt to the IRS. Edie spurned all offers of charity and worked hard on her own for many years until she paid off his tax debt.
Edie was supposed to co-star with husband Ernie Kovacs in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World but when he got killed Sid Caesar was cast in Kovacs' role. Nevertheless, Edie stayed in the picture.
In a tragic bit of irony, Edie's daughter, Mia Susan, was killed in an automobile accident in 1982 not far from the location where her first husband, Ernie Kovacs, was killed.
In 1954, Edie and Ernie Kovacs were married in Mexico City. The ceremony was conducted by former New York City Mayor William O'Dwyer.
Edie was married to Pete Candoli from 1972 until they divorced in 1989.
Edie was married to Marty Mills from 1964 until they divorced in 1971. They had a son named Josh.
Edie was married to Ernie Kovacs from 1954 until his death in 1962. They had one child--a daughter named Mia Susan.
Edie was the spokesperson for Muriel Cigars for 19 years.
Edie stood 5 feet, 5 inches tall when she appeared in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.