Edie Adams Overview:

Character actress, Edie Adams, was born Edith Elizabeth Enke on Apr 16, 1927 in Kingston, PA. Adams appeared in over 60 film and TV roles. Her best known films include The Apartment, Lover Come Back, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Under the Yum Yum Tree, and Love with the Proper Stranger. Adams died at the age of 81 on Oct 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Vivacious singer-comedienne, Edie Adams, was a wisecracking blonde in the Eve Arden tradition. Adams was multi-talented (a graduate of music and drama colleges and a beauty contest winner as well), but was too often given humorless sexpot roles by Hollywood even though she livened them up with her personality. She was married to comic star Ernie Kovacs from 1955 until his death in a car crash in 1962. She has also written a book on beauty (The Edie Adams Beauty Guide (First Printing 1973).

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Barbie: You want me to find you a doctor! You want me to find you a doctor!

Rocky Papasano: [in Barbie's apartment after he and Angie stayed the night there] What are *you* doing here?
Barbie: Payin' the rent, for one thing. Which brings me to little orphan Annie you parked here - incidentally without my permission, number one which I would not give you, number two over my dead body.

Trina Yale: Sure, Barney never reveals his clients. If he did he'd be killing the goose that lays his golden rotten eggs.

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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.

Son, Josh Mills, with husband Marty Mills.

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

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