Edie Adams

Edie Adams, a multi-talented actress who put her shapely figure, comic instincts, and clear, Juilliard-trained singing voice to good use by creating the roles of Eileen Sherwood in Wonderful Town and Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner, died Oct. 15, 2008, in the West Hills section of Los Angeles. She was 81 and lived in Los Angeles. The cause was pneumonia and cancer, said her son. Ms. Adams had a kittenish, self-aware persona, her ever-present sexuality usually set off by a knowing playfulness and a touch of parody. During her career, she found work in every medium. She sang in nightclubs across the U.S. She played a series of comic foils in movies, perhaps most memorably as the scorned and vengeful secretary of Fred MacMurray in "The Apartment." She had her own variety show, "Here's Edie," in 1963, though her lasting place in television history is probably as the wife of the brilliant but troubled comedian Ernie Kovacs, who died in a car accident in 1962. She was also for 19 years the highly suggestive spokesperson for Muriel Cigars, in which commercials she danced with six-foot-tall cigars. (In one, she played the singing "Adams Sisters": Edith, Editha and Edie.)

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  • Also known as: Edith Adams, Elizabeth Edith Enke
  • Born: Apr 16, 1927 in Kingston, Pennsylvania
  • Death: Oct 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California


Theatre World
1953 Theatre World Award Wonderful Town Winner
Tony Award
1957 Featured Actress in a Musical Li'l Abner Winner