Edie Adams

Edie Adams

At age 15, Edie was the baton-twirling champion of Tenafly, New Jersey.

Ex-stepmother of Tara Candoli.

Her daughter, Mia Kovacs, was killed in a car crash in 1982.

Lost both her husband and her daughter to separate car accidents.

Married Ernie Kovacs in Mexico City. The ceremony was presided over by former New York City mayor William O'Dwyer, and performed in Spanish, which neither Kovacs or Adams understood; O'Dwyer had to prompt each to say "Si" at the "I do" portion of the vows.

Miss U.S. Television 1950.

Patented a cigar holder-ring which she used in TV ads for Muriel cigars in the 1960s. It was designed to show women that it was "lady-like" to smoke cigars.

Son, Josh Mills, with husband Marty Mills.

Studied at both the Juilliard School of Music and the Columbia School of Drama.

Was the Muriel Cigar spokeswoman for 19 years.

When her husband, Ernie Kovacs, died in a car accident, he owed the IRS several hundred thousand dollars in back taxes (he felt that the tax system was unfair, and simply refused to pay it). Edie Adams took it upon herself to pay the back taxes, refusing help from her celebrity friends, and appeared in television commercials and other TV work to raise the money. After several years, the back taxes were fully paid off.

Won a custody battle over Kovacs' daughters, Betty and Kippie (from Kovacs' first marriage) after his death in 1962.

Won Broadway's 1957 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her performance as Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner.