Tony-winning actress, TV star Edie Adams dies


LOS ANGELES — Actress and singer Edie Adams, the blonde beauty who won a Tony Award for bringing Daisy Mae to life on Broadway and who played the television foil to her husband, comedian Ernie Kovacs, has died. She was 81.

Adams died Wednesday in a Los Angeles hospital from pneumonia and cancer, publicist Henri Bollinger said. She is survived by her son, Joshua Mills. Daughter Mia Kovacs was killed at 22 in a 1982 car accident. With her innocent face and refreshing manner, Adams became the ideal partner for Kovacs’ far-out humor. They eloped to Mexico City in 1954. Over a career that spanned some six decades, Adams also appeared in various stage productions; had a short-lived TV show in 1963 that earned her two Emmy nominations; performed in nightclubs and released several albums.