A glamorous blonde singer, actress and comedienne, Edie Adams has performed on-stage, on television, in nightclubs and in films.
Born Elizabeth Edith Enke April 16, 1927 in Kingston, Pennsylvania, she began her acting and singing career in college. She was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and the Columbia School of Drama. Her show business career began when she entered a television talent show. With her television debut came the prestigious titles of Miss New York Television and Miss U.S. Television.
During the 1950s Edie Adams saw her popularity soar when she starred with Ernie Kovacs on his television show, The Ernie Kovacs Show. In 1955, she married the popular star but was widowed in 1962. She married two more times, to Marty Mills in 1964 and Pete Condoli in 1972. Both of these marriages ended in divorce. Aside from her television career, Edie Adams found time to perform on Broadway and on-stage. She starred in Wonderful Town in 1953 and won a Tony Award in 1956 for her portrayal of Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner. She also starred in the first musical comedy written for television, Cinderella, with musical sensation Julie Andrews.
Edie Adams released an album in 1959 titled The Charming Miss Edie Adams on the RKO record label. The songs she sang, which included "Sailor Man" and "There May Be a Love" were previously released hits. "If You Don't Love Me" and "He Don't Wanna Be Kissed," also on the album, were written by Ernie Kovacs, her then-husband, Domenico Modugno, the writer and singer of Volare, and Jack Segal, a lyricist. The album was re-released in 1997 on the Varese record label.
The '60s brought Edie Adams a plethora of new film roles, mostly secondary roles. Even in these roles, though, her charm and glamorous looks were noticed. She appeared in The Apartment, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke in 1978. Edie Adams portrayed Mae West in Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter; the television biography aired in 1984. Her film credits in the '80s also include The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood and Boxoffice. Her television career continued in the '90s with roles in Tales of the City and Jack Spanner, Private Eye.
Her personal life took a sad turn in 1982 when her daughter, whose father was Ernie Kovacs, was killed in a car accident. Sing a Pretty Tune, Edie Adams' autobiography published in 1990, recounts not only her personal life, but her stage, film, nightclub and television career. ~ Kim Summers