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.
1957, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series: Nominee
1956, Emmy — Best Actress - Continuing Performance: Nominee
1959, Emmy — Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1955, Emmy — Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series: Nominee
1956, Emmy — Best Comedienne: Nominee
1958, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne, Singer, Hostess, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, : Nominee
George Burns — Husband
Sandra Jean Luckman — Daughter
Pearl Allen — Sister
Bessie Allen — Sister
Ronald John Burns — Son
Hazel Allen — Sister
Birth Name: Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen
Birth Place: San Fernando, California, United States