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Imogene Coca ACTOR

Imogene Coca was born on November 18th, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the birth name Imogene Fernandez de Coca.  She was born into a family involved in entertainment, her father, Jose Fernandez de Coca, was the conductor at a Philadelphia Opera House and her mother, Sadie Brady Coca, performed in vaudeville.  As a youngster she took up piano, dance and singing lessons and by the age of fifteen she relocated to New York performing as a dancer. 
Her first real professional job was as a member of the chorus in a production of, "When You Smile".  She followed this with doing her own act in a number of Manhattan night clubs and realizing she had a knack for comedy she later traveled to the Pocono's and performed her dance and comedic act.
In 1949 she was seen on NBC's, "The Admiral Broadway Revue" opposite Sid Caesar.  Later in 1950 the two were paired together again in the live 90 minute, "Your Show of Shows" which ran for four years and was a role she became most well known by.  In total she was nominated for five Emmy's and won a Best Actress Award in 1951.
After the show ended the two parted ways and she tried to continue a solo career, however, she was never able to reach the level of success she had with Caesar.  She went on to appear on two sitcoms, "Grindl" (1963) and "It's About Time" (1966).  She also appeared in such films as, "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983) alongside, actor, Chevy Chase, "Under the Yum Yum Tree" (1963), "Rabbit Test" (1978), "Nothing Lasts Forever" (1984) and "Buy and Sell" (1987)
In 1991, she partnered up again with Caesar in, "Together Again" and they toured on stage throughout the United States.  She also added a number of other television guest appearances to her resume such as, "Bewitched", "Fantasy Island", "As The World Turns", "One Life to Live" and "Mama's Family".
Coca also did voice over work for such projects as, "The Emperor's New Clothes", "A Special Sesame Street Christmas", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Garfield and Friends".
Imogene Coca married twice throughout her lifetime, first to Robert Burton in 1935 and they were together until he passed away in 1955.  She then married King Donovan in 1960 and again remained together until he passed away in 1987.  She never had any of her own children and remained in the entertainment industry her entire life until she passed away on June 1st, 2001 in Westport, Connecticut from natural causes.  


1996   Hollywood: The Movie

1994   Garfield and Friends

1989   Monsters

1988   Moonlighting

1987   Buy & Cell 

1985   Alice in Wonderland

1985   Papa Was a Preacher 

1984   Nothing Lasts Forever 

1983-1984  One Life to Live 

1983   As the World Turns

1983   Mama's Family 

1983   Fantasy Island 

1983   Vacation 

1982   Freddie the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner

1981   The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies 

1980   Trapper John, M.D. 

1978   Rabbit Test 

1975   Wide World Mystery

1973   10 from Your Show of Shows

1970-1972  Love, American Style

1972   The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes 

1972   The Brady Bunch

1971   Rod Serling's Night Gallery 

1971   Bewitched 

1970   The Tim Conway Comedy Hour 

1966-1967  It's About Time 

1963-1964  Grindl 

1963   Under the Yum Yum Tree

1963   Promises! Promises! 

1960   Shirley Temple Theatre 

1958   The Sid Caesar Show

1957   G.E. True Theater 

1957   Producers' Showcase

1956   Playhouse 90

1956   Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre

1956   The United States Steel Hour

1954   The Imogene Coca Show

1950-1954  Your Show of Shows 

1948   Buzzy Wuzzy

1941   They Meet Again 

1938   Beauty Shoppe 

1937   Dime a Dance

1937   Bashful Ballerina

Matinee Classics - Admiral Broadway Revue starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca

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