Ernie and Edie 1956
The Foil For Kovacs's Custard Pie Comedy SID CAESAR has been notable, among other things, for his difficulties with his two former show "wives," Imogene Coca and Nanette Fabray. When Sid Caesar is replaced, beginning tomorrow, for the summer at 8 P.M., NBC-TV, by the "Ernie Kovacs Show," there will not be this particular problem. Kovacs will be costarring with Edie Adams, to whom he Is married. Edie, a blue-eyed, blond singer, also an accomplished comedienne, is a fine foil for Kovacs's special type of zany humor. She Is a practical girl with common sense to spare. Once upon a time, when she was a student at the Juilliard School of Music, studying singing, and a student at the Colum-bit University School of Dramatic Arts, learning to be an actress, she hoped to become an opera star. An Eye For Detail "I could just see myself with the Metropolitan, as a heartbroken Madame Butterfly," she said, "but the more I thought about it. the more crowded the field looked, and it just seemed so remote, I lost interest." She said she then decided to become a popular singer. She took jobs in small night clubs and later was offered a job as a singer on a television station in Philadelphia, where she met and worked with Kovacs. "If I know anything about comedy today," she said, "I learned it from working with Ernie." She was obviously an apt pupil as her devastating take-offs of certain celebrated Hollywood types have won for her acclaim from television critics. She has the sharp, perceptive eye for detail, which is the basis of all good mimicry. Can't Take It Easy Mr. and Mrs. Kovacs have at least one quality in common. Both are hard workers. "We both go nutty if we aren't working," said Edie. "We have to be doing something every minute. We try to relax over the week ends and by ERNIE KOVACS By MARGARET McMANUS New York. Sunday night we're chewing our fingers. "About a year ago we each had a week off, so we went to Cuba for a vacation. After three days we started to worry about what was going on in New York. It was all ruined. Ernie is the type who can't sit down to lunch without a telephone on the table." This dedication to work will be no small help to the Kovacs family this summer, since they will continue to do the daily "Ernie Kovacs Show," 10.30 A.M. NBC-TV, in addition to the weekly Monday ntght show. Special Taxi Driver "Ernie gets up at 4.30 every morning," said Edie, "and at 5, his special taxi driver, Lou Pack, calls to take him to the studio. He does a three-hour radio show every morning before the TV show. If Ernie has overslept, Lou wakes him and puts on the coffee while he gets dressed. "I don't get up until 6.30. Ernie says I should be ashamed to waste the morning like that. I get the children up and dressed, give them their breakfast and get them off to school. I reach the studio by 8 o'clock." Ernie has two children by a former marriage, to whom Edie is devoted Betty, 8, and Kippy. 7. "I love them as if they were my own," said Edie. "No question about it. They call me mama and no matter how busy we are, Ernie and I always have dinner with them. Then we do their lessons with them, and get them to bed. Writes Most Of Night "After they're tucked in, Ernie writes material for the shows. He writes most of the night away. I don't think he ever gets more than three hours' sleep." The Kovacs family lives in a seventeen-room duplex apartment overlooking Central Park, w here Ernie also has his offices, and where there are acres of terrace, with a wading pool, for the children. One of the nicest things about Edie is that she quotes her husband constantly. There seems to be none of the traditional show-business rivalry between them, as there is so often among couples working in similar spotlights. Edie was born Ruth Enke, in Kingston, Pa., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Enke, who now live in Tenafly, N.J. Edie took her mother's maiden name. Adams, as her stage name and chose Edie because she thought it went well with Adams. Her first professional success was the role of Eileen in the Broadway musical, "Wonderful Town." She recently made her supper-club debut here at the Plaza Hotel and hopes to do more supper-club work. She has a deep yearning to appear in another Broadway production. The way this girl loves work, she could probably knock off a 'Broadway play in her spare time. After the children are in bed at 8 o'clock, she has all that free time in the evenings. It seems only right that while Ernie is slaving over his typewriter at home. Edie should be doing , something useful. No sense being downright indolent.