Edie Adams Dies

Edie Adams Dies

Actress/singer Edie Adams has died of pneumonia and cancer, according to her son Josh Mills.

Adams passed away on Wednesday in Los Angeles, aged 81.

She is best-known as the face of Muriel cigars - starring in a series of commercials that ran over 19 years - although her career spanned across the stage, nightclubs, movie screens and television.

A graduate of New York's prestigious Juilliard school, Adams got her start in entertainment in 1950 as the winner of the Miss U.S. Television beauty pageant, which shot her to TV-stardom with an appearance on comedian Milton Berle's television show.

Her TV roles, including a 1963 appearance with Sammy Davis Jr., received five Emmy nominations.

She also sang on classic comedy series The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour in 1960, marking the show's final episode with a rendition of That's All.

Adams later became a Broadway star with roles in 1953 musical Wonderful Town, and 1956s Li'l Abner.

In the 1960s, she took to the silver screen, appearing in films including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Apartment, Under the Yum Yum Tree and Lover Come Back - opposite Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

Adams later returned to TV in the 1970s and 80s with roles in The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, and Designing Women.

She is survived by her son Mills.