We’re sad to report that legendary stage, screen and television performer Edie Adams died Wednesday at the age of 81. She was interviewed by the Archive of American Television in 1999. We last saw her in June of 2007 when she helped us celebrate the Archive’s 10th Anniversary. Edie truly supported our mission and was very active in making sure that Ernie Kovacs’ legacy as a television pioneer were properly preserved. She will be missed.
Here’s her full obituary from the CBS News.
Below is one of her famous commercials as the Muriel Cigar girl.
Edie Adams was interviewed for four-and-a-half hours in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Adams chronicled her long and varied career as a singer and actress. She talked about her appearances as a featured singer with the late Ernie Kovacs, on Ernie in Kovacsland which led to her collaboration with him on his groundbreaking NBC shows (produced out of Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate WPTZ): 3 to Get Ready and Kovacs in the Corner as well as (New York shows) Kovacs Unlimited and the various incarnations of The Ernie Kovacs Show. She talked about her Broadway roles in such shows as “Wonderful Town” and “L’il Abner” (for which she won a Tony Award) as well as her appearance as the fairy godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical for television, Cinderella. She also discussed her work in such feature films as Billy Wilder’s The Apartment and Stanley Kramer’s It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. She recalled her many other television appearances such as those on Jack Paar’s morning show as well as commercials for Muriel cigars. She spoke about Ernie Kovacs’ tragic death and her continued work in television and films, including her Emmy-nominated television show Here’s Edie. She also described her work in preserving Kovacs’s legend — archiving kinescopes and tapes of his programs for future generations. The interview was conducted by Henry Colman on March 11, 1999.