"We want to strive for something better. If mediocrity is the answer, we'd better all just go home."
About This Interview
In her four-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Edie Adams (1927-2008) chronicles her long and varied career as a singer and actress. She talks 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 talks 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 discusses 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 recalls her many other television appearances such as those on Jack Paar's morning show as well as commercials for Muriel cigars. She speaks about Ernie Kovacs' tragic death and her continued work in television and films, including her Emmy-nominated television show Here's Edie. She also describes her work in preserving Kovacs' legend -- archiving kinescopes and tapes of his programs for future generations. Henry Colman conducted the interview on March 11, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.
Video: Edie Adams guest stars on The Hollywood Palace (airdate: 2/6/65), from the Internet Archive [see her sing a few songs at 4:10 to 9:10; and at 31:38 see her introduce a basketball game between the Harlem Globetrotters and the "Palace Dribblers": Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Tim Conway, David Janssen, ad Vic Damone]