Imogene Coca

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  • Birth Name: Imogene Fernandez de Coca
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/18/1908, Scorpio
  • Date of Death: 06/02/2001
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; dancer; singer
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Imogene Coca Fast Facts:
  • Started performing in vaudeville at age 11.
  • Made Broadway debut at 17 in When You Smile.
  • Transition to comedy happened accidentally. While rehearsing in a cold theater for New Faces of 1934, she tried to stay warm by dancing around in a big coat. The producer thought it was funny and worked it into the show.
  • On her legendary chemistry with Your Show of Shows costar Sid Caesar: "Two people couldn't be less alike. We never went out together; we never [saw] each other socially. What made it work is that we found the same things funny."
  • Received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Comedy Awards in 1988.
  • Imogene Coca Relationships:
  • King Donovan - Husband (deceased)
  • Jose Fernandez de Coca - Father
  • Sadie Brady - Mother
  • Robert Burton - Husband (deceased)
  • Imogene Coca Awards:
  • 1952 Emmy: Best Comedian or Comedienne - Nominee
  • 1953 Emmy: Best Comedienne - Nominee
  • 1952 Emmy: Best Actress - Winner
  • 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1954 Emmy: Best Female Star of a Regular Series - Nominee
  • 1951 Emmy: Best Actress - Nominee
  • 1953 Peabody: Personal Award - Winner
  • 1978 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Musical) - Nominee

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