Gracie Allen

Comedian, Actor, Stenographer
Gracie Allen was known for more than three decades as the lovably scatterbrained better half of George Burns. Abandoned by her singer-dancer father when she was five, Gracie was by then a two-year stage veteran ... Read more »
Born: 07/26/1906 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Waikiki, in the Wake of Dreams 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

College Swing 1937 (Movie)

Gracie Alden (Actor)

A Damsel in Distress 1936 (Movie)

Gracie (Actor)

The Big Broadcast of 1936 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Broadcast 1931 (Movie)

Gracie (Actor)

Lambchops 1928 (Movie)

(Actor)

College Holiday (Movie)

Calliope Dove (Actor)

College Humor (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Fit to Be Tied (TV Show)

Actor

Honolulu (Movie)

Millie de Grasse (Actor)

International House (Movie)

Nurse Allen (Actor)

Mr. and Mrs. North (Movie)

Pamela North (Actor)

Six of a Kind (Movie)

Gracie De Vore (Actor)

The Big Broadcast of 1937 (Movie)

Mrs. Platt (Actor)

The Gracie Allen Murder Case (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Two Girls and a Sailor (Movie)

Concerto Number (Actor)

Biography

Gracie Allen was known for more than three decades as the lovably scatterbrained better half of George Burns. Abandoned by her singer-dancer father when she was five, Gracie was by then a two-year stage veteran appearing in a dancing act with her two sisters. At eighteen, Gracie met Burns who was looking for a new comedy partner. Gracie and George teamed for a vaudeville routine with Gracie initially taking the ''straight'' role until George realized her impeccable comic timing made even straight lines funny. From then on, Gracie delivered the punch lines featuring her peculiarly dizzy sense of logic. The couple married in 1926 and in 1932 became regulars on Guy Lombardo's radio program. After Lombardo left in 1934, the couple hosted their own CBS show "The Adventures of Gracie," which in 1935 became "The Campbell's Tomato Juice Program," before having a succession of different sponsors. One of the couple's most successful gags was a year-long search for Gracie's supposedly missing brother, which took them to various other programs looking for him. In 1940, Gracie announced her run for President on the Surprise Party ticket, garnering 42,000 write-in votes. Gracie and George performed in several Paramount shorts and motion pictures including the detective drama "The Gracie Allen Murder Case" in which Gracie appeared without George. In 1948, the couple took their show to CBS and two years later began the hugely popular television program "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show," which continued until Gracie's retirement in 1958.

Relationships

George Burns Actor

Husband
Married Jan. 7, 1926 until her death Aug. 27, 1964 from heart ailment

George Burns

Husband
married from January 7, 1926 until her death adopted two children Ronald and Sandra

Sandra Burns

Daughter
adopted survived her

Ronald Burns

Son
adopted survived her

EDUCATION

quit school at about age 14

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame posthumously in 1988

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