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George Burns was a comedian who worked in vaudeville, radio, film and television. His long-time performance partner and wife was comedienne Gracie Allen. Burns lived until age 100.
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George Burns was born on January 20, 1896 in New York City. He got his show business start at age 7, singing for pennies in a candy shop. While working the vaudeville circuit, Burns met Gracie Allen and the pair formed a successful comic duo, marrying in 1926. The Burns and Allen partnership continued on radio, television and film until Allen's death in 1964. Forced to redefine himself as a solo act, Burns continued to perform well into his 90s. He died in 1996 at age 100.
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George Burns met Gracie Allen in 1922, and they married in 1926. Their highly successful vaudeville act featured George as the straight man to Gracie's zany antics. The couple created its best-known sketch for radio, a situation comedy starring themselves as a working show-business couple. They carried the format to television in 1948, including next-door neighbors Harry and Blanche Morton, Gracie's infamous illogical logic, and the signature "Say goodnight, Gracie" at the show's close. The duo also made films, including an Oscar-nominated turn in A Damsel in Distress with Fred Astaire.
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