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Also Known As: Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen Died: August 28, 1964
Born: July 26, 1906 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: comedian, actor, stenographer

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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 Gracieâ¿¿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...

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 Gracieâ¿¿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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Wisecracks (1991) Herself (Archival Footage)
3.
 Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) Concerto number
4.
 Mr. & Mrs. North (1942) Pamela North
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 Honolulu (1939) Millie de Grasse
6.
 The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) Gracie Allen
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 College Swing (1938) Gracie Alden
8.
 A Damsel in Distress (1937) Gracie
9.
 College Holiday (1936) Calliope Dove
10.
 The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936) Mrs. Platt
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Notes

Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame posthumously in 1988

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husband:
George Burns. Entertainer, comedian, actor. Married from January 7, 1926 until her death; adopted two children Ronald and Sandra.

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son:
Ronald Burns. Actor. Adopted; survived her.
daughter:
Sandra Burns. Adopted; survived her.

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