Gracie Allen

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen
  • Birth Place: San Francisco, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/26/1902, Leo
  • Date of Death: 08/27/1964
  • Profession: Actor; comedian
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Gracie Allen Fast Facts:
  • Birth certificate was lost in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. As a result, her birth year is often cited as anywhere from 1895 to 1905.
  • Was in a vaudeville act with her sister Bessie in 1909; and branched out with a solo vaudeville act in 1911.
  • Always wore long sleeves to hide the scar from a pot of hot tea that fell on her when she was a child.
  • In 1923, while attending secretarial school in Hoboken, N.J., she met George Burns at a vaudeville theater in Union City, N.J.; called Burns "Nattie" (his real name was Nathan Birnbaum), he called her "Googie."
  • In his memoir Gracie: A Love Story, George said that "Gracie was the whole act...I didn't have to be a genius to understand that there was something wrong with a comedy act when the straight lines got more laughs than the punch lines."
  • Known primarily for radio and TV, Allen and Burns also appeared in several films, including an impressive turn in A Damsel in Distress (1937), Fred Astaire's first RKO musical without Ginger Rogers.
  • Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6672 Hollywood Blvd. (Burns has three.)
  • Married Burns in 1926 (her first marriage; his second). They starred in a weekly radio show from 1932 until 1950; starred in TV's The Burns and Allen Show from 1950 until 1958, when she retired.
  • Gracie Allen Relationships:
  • Ronald John Burns - Son
  • Bessie Allen - Sister
  • George Burns - Husband
  • Hazel Allen - Sister
  • Sandra Jean Luckman - Daughter
  • Pearl Allen - Sister
  • Gracie Allen Awards:
  • 1959 Emmy: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1957 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series - Nominee
  • 1956 Emmy: Best Actress - Continuing Performance - Nominee
  • 1958 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne, Singer, Hostess, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, - Nominee
  • 1955 Emmy: Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series - Nominee
  • 1956 Emmy: Best Comedienne - Nominee

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