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.

Awards

  • 1952, Emmy — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1954, Emmy — Best Female Star of a Regular Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1951, Emmy — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1953, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
  • 1978, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 1952, Emmy — Best Comedian or Comedienne: Nominee
  • 1953, Emmy — Best Comedienne: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sadie Brady — Mother
  • Jose Fernandez de Coca — Father
  • Robert Burton — Husband (deceased)
  • King Donovan — Husband (deceased)

Details

  • Birth Name: Imogene Fernandez de Coca
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Birthday: November 18, 1908, Scorpio
  • Died: June 2, 2001
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Dancer, Singer
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