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Edie Adams (1927–2008)

The scintillating, sultry-eyed blonde (formerly a redhead) star of screen, TV and award-winning stage went on to become best known, however, for her sensual delivery pitching cigars in taunting '60s ads and commercials with her Mae Westian come-on line "Why don't you pick one up and smoke it sometime?" This, of course, was at a time when smoking ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Up in Smoke
Up in Smoke Mrs. Tempest Stoner
Lover Come Back
Lover Come Back Rebel Davis
The Apartment
The Apartment Miss Olsen


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (64 credits)
 2004 Great Performances (TV Series)
Fairy Godmother / Herself
- Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' (2004) ... Fairy Godmother / Herself
 1993 Tales of the City (TV Mini-Series)
Ruby Miller
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Ruby Miller
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Ruby Miller
 1990 Designing Women (TV Series)
- La Place sans Souci (1990) ... Edie
 1989-1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series)
Edie Adams-Stravely / Clair King
- Chester Gets a Show (1990) ... Edie Adams-Stravely
- Dinner at Eddy King's House (1989) ... Clair King
 1989 Jake Spanner, Private Eye (TV Movie)
Senior Club Member
 1988 Adventures Beyond Belief (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Flo
 1985 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Edie Marks
- Muddle of the Knight (1985) ... Edie Marks
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Kaye Sheppard
- Capitol Offense (1985) ... Kaye Sheppard
 1984 Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (TV Movie)
Mae West
 1983 Shooting Stars (TV Movie)
 1982 Boxoffice
 1981 CBS Children's Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Madame Zenia
- The Haunting of Harrington House (1981) ... Madame Zenia
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Liz Fuller
 1981 Vega$ (TV Series)
- Sourdough Suite (1981) ... Angela
 1980 Bosom Buddies (TV Series)
- Pilot (1980) ... Darlene
 1980 A Cry for Love (TV Movie)
 1980 Portrait of an Escort (TV Movie)
Mrs. Kennedy
 1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood
Rita Beater
 1980 Make Me an Offer (TV Movie)
Francine Sherman
 1979 A Man Called Sloane (TV Series)
- Lady Bug (1979) ... Chandler
 1979 Racquet
Leslie Sargent
 1979 Fast Friends (TV Movie)
Connie Burton
 1979 Mrs. Columbo (TV Series)
Joanne Huston
- Word Games (1979) ... Joanne Huston
 1979 The Seekers (TV Mini-Series)
Flora Cato
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Flora Cato
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Flora Cato (credit only)
 1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series)
Claudia Carroll
- How Do I Kill Thee? (1978) ... Claudia Carroll
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Maureen Buell
- Marooned/The Search/Isaac's Holiday: Part 2 (1978) ... Maureen Buell
- Marooned/The Search/Isaac's Holiday: Part 1 (1978) ... Maureen Buell
 1978 Up in Smoke
Mrs. Tempest Stoner
 1978 Superdome (TV Movie)
 1978 Police Woman (TV Series)
- Blind Terror (1978) ... Lorenza
 1977 Rosetti and Ryan (TV Series)
Evelyn Albert
- Is There a Lawyer in the House? (1977) ... Evelyn Albert
 1976 The Practice (TV Series)
- Carlotta (1976) ... Carlotta
 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
- A Slower Beat (1976) ... Torchy
 1976 Harry O (TV Series)
Kate Roberti
- Past Imperfect (1976) ... Kate Roberti
 1975 Cop on the Beat (TV Movie)
Massage Parlor Owner
 1975 Joe Forrester (TV Series)
 1972 Tarzana (Short)
 1972 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Louise Montgomery
- Blues for Sally M. (1972) ... Louise Montgomery
 1972 Evil Roy Slade (TV Movie)
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mrs. Winslow (segment "Love and the Hotel Caper")
 1968 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Nanette Johnson
- Mooney's Other Wife (1968) ... Nanette Johnson
 1967 The Honey Pot
Merle McGill
 1959-1967 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Lulu Trueblood / Ruby
- Better Living Through Chiseling (1967) ... Lulu Trueblood
- San Fernando in Alaska (1959) ... Ruby
 1966 The Oscar
Trina Yale
 1966 Made in Paris
Irene Chase
 1964 The Best Man
Mabel Cantwell
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Monica Crump
 1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree
Dr. Irene Wilson
 1963 Call Me Bwana
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
- Thunder in a Forgotten Town (1963) ... Model
 1961 Lover Come Back
Rebel Davis
 1961 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
 1961 The Spiral Staircase (TV Movie)
 1960 The Apartment
Miss Olsen
 1959 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Sue Ellen
- The Falling Angel (1958) ... Sue Ellen
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Gloria Chrystie
- If I Die Before I Live (1958) ... Gloria Chrystie (as Edith Adams)
 1957 Cinderella (TV Special)
Fairy Godmother (as Edith Adams)
 1956 Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (Short)
Cameo appearance (Wife of man in bar)
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Roseanne (1982)
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
 1954 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Girl in Car Thirty-two (1954) ... (as Edith Adams)
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Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (84 credits)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Wonderful Town. Musical comedy. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Based on "My Sister Eileen" by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. Based on stories by Ruth McKenney. Musical Director: Lehman Engel. Vocal arrangements by Lehman Engel. Music ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Edith Adams | Enke


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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(on falling in love with Ernie Kovacs) Here was this guy with the big moustache, the big cigar, and the silly hat. I thought, "I don't know what this is, but it's for me.". See more »


Miss U.S. Television 1950. See more »

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