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Gracie Allen, full name Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen, is a popular actress, American comedian, and vaudevillian.
Gracie Allen was born on July 26, 1895, 1896, 1902, or 1906, in San Francisco, California, USA. Her exact year of birth cannot be confirmed as all the public records about her birth kept in San Francisco were destroyed in the earthquake and fire in 1906. The most reliable proof of her date of birth comes from the U.S Census in 1900, which states her age as four and concludes that she was born on July 26, 1895. She started her career as an actress and comedian in 1929 with the short film 'Lambchops'.
She became internationally famous for the comic foil of her husband, George Burns, who was also a comedian. She met her husband, George Burns, at the ‘The Union Theatre at the Union Hill’ in New Jersey in 1922.
Her contributions to the television industry are substantial, and she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6672 Hollywood Boulevard. George Burns and Gracie Allen appeared on radio shows, films and television together and became famous as the duo Burns and Allen. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, also called The Burns and Allen Show, was broadcast between 1950 and 1958.
The show proved to be an immediate success. Burns realized that the show should be filled at the general service studios without the presence of a live audience. The first episode of the show aired on October 12, 1950. For the next few months, the couple did shows over the radio and television too. But once they got sure that television, the new medium, would play as a major success, they changed their platform. This was their upturn from radio to television. With 291 episodes, the show served as a long network run in 1958.
She began performing Irish Folk dances with her three sisters. Her partnership with Burns served as a major success. At first, Burns played the comedian, and Allen played the straight man. Burns changed the play to him being the straight man and Allen delivering the punch lines.
Burns and Allen appeared as a duo in many short films in which they performed their well-loved vaudeville routine. They also appeared in full-length movies 'W.C. Feilds: International House' in 1933 and 'Six Of A Kind' in 1934.
Swan was a soap brand introduced by Lever Brothers. Lever Brothers used the Swan brand name to sponsor several radio shows, one of which was 'The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show' from 1941 to 1945. This was called the Swan Soap Show.
As far as Allen's private life is concerned, she used to take swimming lessons to avoid her fear of drowning. After moving to Beverly Hills, she owned a swimming pool with her husband. In her ’30s, she adopted two children, Sandra Jean and Ronald Jon. Ronnie eventually joined the path of their parents and played the role of a serious drama student that disdained comedy. Sandy used to make some random appearances on the show as well.
After her death, Gracie Allen was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
It is known that Gracie Allen’s net worth is in the range of $1-5 million.
As per the sources, there is no information about how much money Gracie Allen made per year.
Gracie Allen was 5 ft (152 cm) tall.
At the time of her death, Gracie Allen was 69 years of age. She had a history of heart disease, and the cause of her death is speculated to be a heart attack.
Gracie Allen was born on July 26, 1906, in San Francisco, California, to George Allen and Margaret 'Pidgie' Allen. Gracie Allen graduated from the Star of the Sea Convent School in 1914. She began working professionally as a singer even when she was a child.
The love life of Gracie Allen is quite great to look at. Unknowingly, Burns fell in love with Allen, whereas Gracie Allen had other plans as she was planning to marry Benny Rayn. She almost married him, but the last-minute tour for theaters somehow stopped it. Further, she eventually married George Burns in 1960.
Gracie Allen is best known for her show, 'The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show '. She is also quite popular for her comic foil with her zany partner and husband, George Burns. She rose to fame when she was signed with 'Larry Reilly Company '. She also appeared in other hit movies like 'Many Happy Returns' released in 1934, in which Gracie played her first lead role. She also appeared in the movie 'International House' and 'College Humour' in 1993.
In 1949 CBS brought their radio show Burns and Allen show to television and turned it into the hit television show 'The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show '.
There is no such information regarding the charity work done by Gracie Allen.
Gracie Allen was the winner of the OFTA TV Hall of Fame Award. She was also nominated for five Primetime Emmy awards from 1955 to 1959 for 'The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show '. The Gracie Award, named after her, is presented to women for exemplary performance in radio, television, cable, and web-based media.
As per the sources, she was a silent person who enjoyed a family life. From the start Allen and her sisters Bessie, Pearl and Hazel wore dresses made by her and their mom and performed Irish and Scottish dances. During her school vacations, she used to sing in local movie houses. Allen had a major interest in theater and would work from one to the other, dreaming of a time when she might be posted into one. Her favorite film star was Charlie Chaplin, and on her sixth birthday, she met him. Also, she joined her sister Bessie in one such vaudeville act.
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