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    • 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.

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