Posts Tagged ‘Sandra Burns’

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Staying in Character

July 31, 2009

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25 Jan 1935 — Burns and Allen Present. Their daughter Sandra Jean Burns, adopted daughter of George Burns and Gracie Allen buries her nose in a voluminous tome, while Gracie Allen finds herself intrigued by Sandra’s playing blocks. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Dinner Scene

July 22, 2009

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Life magazine photo of the family (and Jack Benny) at dinner in September 1958.

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Hawaiian Family Vacation

July 11, 2009

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Proud Parents Pause

June 29, 2009

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George and Gracie take a break from entertaining America to attempt to put a smile on the face of their adopted daughter, Sandra.

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A Full Family Life for Mrs. Burns

May 25, 2009

From Life Magazine, September 22, 1958

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Gracie spends a contented day at her Beverly Hills home.  Lori, 4, and Lissa, 2, are Sandra’s daughters.  Here Gracie twists a curl into place on Lissa before joining a card game.

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From People Magazine

May 22, 2009

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“For 40 years my act consisted of one joke,” George Burns was fond of saying. “Then she died.” The woman in question, as anyone within earshot of a radio or television in the 1950s would know, was his wife, Gracie Allen–and the female side of a showbiz team whose ditzy banter in an era of idealized domesticity made it one of the most beloved and successful comedy acts in history.

Both onstage and off, as Burns himself was always the first to acknowledge, Gracie, the perfectly honed not-so-Dumb Dora to his long-suffering straight man, was more than half an act. “Next to Gracie, I was wonderful,” he wrote in an affectionate biography, 1988′s Gracie: A Love Story. “All I had to do was stand next to her and imagine some of the applause was for me.”

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Burns Family 1936

April 25, 2009

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George, Gracie, Sandra, and Ronnie Burns in 1936

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