Born Elizabeth Edith Enke, on April 16, 1927, in Kingston, Pennsylvania,
Edie Adams was a graduate of both the Juilliard School of Music and the
Columbia School of Drama. She began her career in television, utilizing
her singing and comedic talent as a regular on the popular "Ernie Kovacs
Show" in the early 1950s. Adams and Kovacs were married in 1955 and
remained together until his death in 1962. Before appearing in films,
she starred on Broadway in Wonderful Town (1953) and Li'l Abner (1956).
Her first film role was playing the vivacious next-door neighbor of Jack
Lemmon in Billy Wilder's 1960 comedy The Apartment. The film work that
followed cast Adams in mostly secondary roles that highlighted her
talent for comedy and displayed her spirited presence.