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George Burns and Gracie Allen - Adoptive Parents

Their next stop was television. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, which premiered on October 12, 1950, was one of the first comedy series to make the successful transition from radio to television. Similar to the format of the radio program in which George Burns and Gracie Allen played themselves, the CBS domestic comedy was set in their home, the first television series to depict the home life of a working show business couple.
When Gracie died on August 24, 1964 in Hollywood of a heart attack, she was 69 years old. George, 68 at the time, was devastated, but years later, at the age of 79, his career was revived. He smoked cigars and drank booze every day and was still working and getting laughs at the age of 100. Married for 38 years, Gracie was the love of his life. He never remarried after her death.

Burns made headlines in 1940, when he concocted a nonsensical presidential campaign for Gracie on the Surprise Party ticket. The ratings started to fall in the 1940s. Burns realised they were too old for their jokes; no longer could they play the daft young lovers. So he changed their persona and announced that they were in fact married and had two adopted children. With Gracie and Burns' new adulthood, came a revival of ratings and a successful transition to television, in the 'George Burns and Gracie Allen Show'.

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The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950-1958, CBS)

Burns made headlines in 1940, when he concocted a nonsensical presidential campaign for Gracie on the Surprise Party ticket. The ratings started to fall in the 1940s. Burns realised they were too old for their jokes; no longer could they play the daft young lovers. So he changed their persona and announced that they were in fact married and had two adopted children. With Gracie and Burns' new adulthood, came a revival of ratings and a successful transition to television, in the 'George Burns and Gracie Allen Show'.

Their next stop was television. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, which premiered on October 12, 1950, was one of the first comedy series to make the successful transition from radio to television. Similar to the format of the radio program in which George Burns and Gracie Allen played themselves, the CBS domestic comedy was set in their home, the first television series to depict the home life of a working show business couple.
When Gracie died on August 24, 1964 in Hollywood of a heart attack, she was 69 years old. George, 68 at the time, was devastated, but years later, at the age of 79, his career was revived. He smoked cigars and drank booze every day and was still working and getting laughs at the age of 100. Married for 38 years, Gracie was the love of his life. He never remarried after her death.