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Edie Adams

Edith Elizabeth Enke

Edie Adams
Edie Adams Betty Boop

Name

Edie Adams
Edith Adams
Edie Kovacs
Edythe Adams
Edith Candoli

Edie Adams Marilyn Monroe

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 Edie Adams as Marilyn Monroe

Edie Adams (April 16, 1927 - October 15, 2008) was an entrepreneur, comedienne, actress, and singer from the United States. Adams gained notoriety for her seductive stage and television personas, particularly her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.

Another skit Adams was best known for was her Helen Kane tribute. In her tribute act, Adams would dress up in flapper apparel, and sing "I Wanna Be Loved By You". She performed her impersonation act on a show called "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" once. In 1958 Adams impersonated Marilyn Monroe, Jeanette MacDonald and Helen Kane on stage in Las Vegas. While Adams changed costumes, the spotlight went on her husband Ernie Kovacs while he chatted to the audience.

She also did the impersonation on her show "Here's Edie"[1] in 1963.

When Adams would do her "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" impersonation in person at her shows, it would be known as her Betty Boop imitation.[2] Adams' imitation of the baby-talk has often been compared to actress Carol Channing.

Adams was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, the sole child of Ada Dorothy (née Adams) and Sheldon Alonzo Enke, whom she referred to as "two conservative native Pennsylvanians". Sheldon Adams Enke was her older brother.

After relocating to surrounding towns including Shavertown and Trucksville, the family lived in New York City for a year before relocating to Tenafly, New Jersey, where she went to Tenafly High School. She aspired to be a vocalist after high school, but she wasn't sure if she would get into the music program following auditions.

She participated in and won the 1950 "Miss U.S. Television" beauty pageant, which allowed her to appear on Milton Berle's television program. In her early TV appearances, she was identified as Edith Adams. She had an early appearance on Talent Scouts with Arthur Godfrey.

After observing her, the producer of the Ernie Kovacs program Three to Get Ready (in Philadelphia) extended an invitation for her to try out. Adams could only play three songs live and had very little expertise with popular music. She later stated, "I sang them all during the audition, and if they had asked to hear another, I never would have made it." She became part of the show in July 1951.

Adams started collaborating frequently on television with Kovacs and the father of talk shows, Jack Paar. Following a relationship marked by mariachi music and an unexpected diamond engagement ring, Adams and Kovacs eloped, getting married in Mexico City on September 12, 1954.

Adams wasn't sure he wanted to wed Kovacs at first. With the intention of making up her mind, she set out on a six-week European cruise. Adams came home to an answer that was affirmative after spending three days away and making numerous long-distance calls. It was Kovacs's second marriage, and it lasted until January 13, 1962, when he was killed in an automobile accident.

In 1967, Adams launched her own companies, Edie Adams "Cut 'n' Curl" beauty salons and Edie Adams Cosmetics, which marketed door-to-door. She originally served as the spokesperson for "Sun Giant" nuts and had a 160-acre (65 hectare) almond orchard in California.

Adams moved from being deeply in debt following Kovacs's tragic accident in 1962 to being a millionaire in 1989 thanks to her 20 years of Muriel Cigars ads and prosperous business endeavors. She retired in 1976.

Joshua Mills, Edie Adams' son, has been in charge of Ediad Productions, Inc. since 2008. This company holds the rights to all of Ernie Kovacs' and Edie Adams' TV programs and records. The archivist for the television collections of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams is Ben Model.

Quotes

  • Edie Adams: "She was very special. Marilyn Monroe was scared to death and never sure she was a good actress." (1975)

Death

  • On October 15, 2008, Adams passed away in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 81 due to pneumonia and cancer.

Trivia

  • She was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a Tony Award.
  • Adams impersonated Marlene Dietrich at a Las Vegas show in 1957.
  • Her other impersonations included, Dorothy Lamour, Bonnie Baker, Ruby Keeler, Julie Andrews, Eva Gabor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Elizabeth Taylor.

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