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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Edie Was a Lady

Edie Adams died yesterday at 81. She was the widow of television comedy pioneer Ernie Kovacs, and a 1960s bombshell who is best remembered as the face of Muriel cigars.

Kovacs died in a single car crash in 1962 at the corner of Beverly Glen and Santa Monica Blvds. Their daughter, Mia, was killed at 22 when her car went off Mulholland Drive in 1982. Edie also owned a chain of "Edie Adams Cut & Curl" hair salons.

Cloris Leachman played Ernie Kovacs' mother in the 1984 TV movie, in which Jeff Goldblum played Ernie, and Melody Anderson played Edie.

Adams sang "That's All" on the final episode of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" in 1960, when Lucy and Desi weren't even speaking to each other anymore. Kovacs is in the clip too.

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