Allen, Gracie

▪ American comedian
original name  Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen 
born July 26, 1902, San Francisco, Calif., U.S.
died Aug. 27, 1964, Hollywood, Calif.
 American comedian who, with her husband, George Burns (Burns, George), formed the comedy team Burns and Allen.

      Allen made her vaudeville stage debut at age three with her father, the singer and dancer Edward Allen. She performed in an act with her sisters during her teen years but had abandoned the stage to pursue a secretarial career by the time she met Burns in the early 1920s. They formed a comedy partnership and were married in 1926. Their act was simple but effective: Burns would ask Allen questions, and she would give illogical, malaprop-laden answers. A typical exchange had George inquire, “Gracie, what are you doing to help conserve electricity?”—to which she replied, “I shortened the cord on the electric iron!”

 Allen starred in more than 25 films, frequently with Burns. She also appeared on her own as a scatterbrained detective in The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) and Mr. and Mrs. North (1941). The Burns and Allen radio show, which ran from 1933 to 1950, transitioned to television with the debut of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–58). It portrayed the daily life of the married couple, and Burns regularly broke through television's “fourth wall” by stepping out of a scene to address the audience directly. Because of ill heath and stage fright, Allen left the show in 1958 and retired from performing. Burns continued the act with a rotating cast of female partners, but none of them resonated with fans, and the show was canceled later that year.

Additional Reading
Cheryl Blythe and Susan Sackett, Say Good Night, Gracie!: The Story of Burns and Allen (1986); Cynthia Clements and Sandra Weber, George Burns and Gracie Allen: A Bio-Bibliography (1996).

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