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ROFL: 1955

ROFL: 1955

Los Angeles, 1955. "Comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen." Color trans­parency for the Look magazine assignment "Fall TV Preview." View full size.

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Half sleeves

From what I've read in the past, Gracie always wore outfits with half sleeves, to hide a large scar on her right forearm, due to a burn from boiling water suffered in childhood.


One of the neat things about their TV shows was George would often talk directly to the camera and tell us about what was about to happen. Neat gimmick.

The Last Laugh

Gracie may be getting the last laugh. She was always elusive about her age. Even now in the information age some sites give her birth year as 1895 while others state 1902 or even 1905. One site revealed an explanation which apparently Gracie may have taken advantage of. Her birth records were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. When the 1900 census became public in 1972, her birth year was said to be 1895, but the discrepancy still exists even on her grave marker.

"Say goodnight, Gracie."

"Goodnight Gracie."


Yes, sure does look like she has different colored eyes.

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