Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Brian Patrick Clarke to Charlotte Cornwell
Imogene Coca Biography (1908-2001)
Born November 18, 1908, in Philadelphia, PA; daughter of Joseph Fernandez (anorchestra leader under the name Joe Coca) and Sadie (an actress and dancer;maiden name, Brady) Coca; married Robert Burton (an actor), January 7, 1935 (died, 1955); married King Donovan (an actor), 1960 (died, 1987); stepchildren: two sons, one daughter. Addresses: Contact--P.O. Box 5151, Westpoint, CT 06881.
- Birth Details
- November 18, 1908
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Death Details
- June 2, 2001
- Westport, Connecticut
Credits; Stage Appearances
- Chorus girl, When You Smile, National Theatre, New York City, 1925.
- Jan, Bubbling Over, Werba's Theatre, Brooklyn, NY, 1926.
- Dancer, Snow and Columbus, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1927.
- Ensemble, Garrick Gaities (revue), Guild Theatre, New York City, 1930.
- Ensemble, Shoot The Works (revue), George M. Cohan Theatre, New York City, 1931.
- Ensemble, Flying Colors (revue), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1932.
- New Faces of 1934 (revue), Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1934.
- Ensemble, Fools Rush In (revue), Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1934.
- Comique Star, Up to the Stars, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Flint, MI, 1935.
- Ensemble, New Faces of 1936 (revue), Vanderbilt Theatre, New York City, 1936.
- Spring Dance, Cape Playhouse, MA, 1936.
- Priscilla Paine, Calling All Men, Cape Playhouse, 1937.
- Who's Who, 1938.
- Ensemble, Straw Hat Revue (revue), Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1939.
- Tonight at 8:30, Community Playhouse, Spring Lake, NJ, 1940.
- All in Fun, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1940.
- Ensemble, Concert Varieties (revue), Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City, 1945.
- Addie, Happy Birthday, Music Hall, Clinton, NJ, 1948.
- Ruth, Wonderful Town, State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, TX, 1954.
- Jessica, Janus, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- Mimsy, The Girls in 509, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1958.
- Agnes, The Fourposter, Playhouse at Deep Well, Palm Springs, CA, 1960.
- The Queen, Under the Sycamore Tree, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1962.
- Mr. Alden and Aunt Veronica, Why I Went Crazy, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, and Falmouth Summer Theatre, Falmouth, MA, 1969.
- Penny Moore, A Girl Could Get Lucky, Playhouse on the Mall, Paramus, NJ,1970.
- Mrs. Malaprop, The Rivals, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Philadelphia, PA, 1972.
- Agnes, The Fourposter, Showboat Dinner Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL, 1972.
- Edna Edison, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Arlington Park, Chicago, IL,1973.
- Letitia Primrose, On the Twentieth Century, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1978.
- The Gin Game, 1984.
- Mrs. Midgit, Outward Bound, Apple Corps Theatre, 1984.
- Heloise, My Old Friends, American Jewish Theatre, New York City, 1985.
- Letitia Primrose, On the Twentieth Century, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Coconut Grove, FL, 1986.
- (With Sid Caesar) Together Again, Michael's Pub, New York City, 1990.
- Made stage debut as a dancer in vaudeville. Also appeared as Essie Sebastian, The Sebastians; in Double Take, Arlington Park, IL; in Send Me No Flowers; in The Solid Gold Cadillac; and in the ensemble, Hey Look Me Over (revue),Avery Fisher Hall, New York City. Appeared with Sid Caesar and Anthony Gearyin Your Show of Shows, Frontier Hall, Las Vegas, NV.
Credits; Cabaret Appearances; New York City
- Silver Slipper, 1926.
- Rainbow Room, 1937.
- La Martinque, 1940.
- La Martinque, 1942.
- Le Ruban Blew, 1944.
- Cafe Society Uptown, 1945.
- Blue Angel, 1948.
- Le Ruban Blew, 1954.
- Also appeared at the Fifth Avenue Club, New Yorker Club, and Jay C.
- Flippen Club.
Credits; Cabaret Performances; Elsewhere
- Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, 1955.
- Trump Plaza, Las Vegas, NV, 1990.
- Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, 1991.
- Boca Raton, FL, 1991.
- Westwood Playhouse, 1991.
- Also performed at the Piccadilly Club, Philadelphia, PA; Palmer House, Chicago, IL; and Park Plaza, St. Louis, MO.
Credits; Major Tours
- Jan, Bubbling Over, U.S. cities, 1926.
- Jimmy, the office assistant, Queen High, Mayfair, NY, 1928.
- A Night at the Folies Bergere, 1940.
- Addie, Happy Birthday, U.S. cities, 1948.
- Essie Sebastian, The Great Sebastians, U.S. cities, 1957.
- Mimsy, The Girls in 509, U.S. cities, 1959.
- Princess Winnifred, Once Upon a Mattress, U.S. cities, 1960-61.
- A Thurber Carnival, U.S. cities, 1961-62.
- (With Sid Caesar) Caesar-Coca Revue, U.S. cities, 1961-62.
- Ella Peterson, Bells Are Ringing, U.S. cities, 1962.
- Ellen Manville, Luv, U.S. cities, 1967.
- You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running, 1968-69.
- Edna Edison, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, U.S. cities, 1973-74.
- Letitia Primrose, On the Twentieth Century, U.S. cities, 1978.
- Letitia Primrose, On the Twentieth Century, U.S. cities, 1986-87.
- Also toured with George Olsen's orchestra, 1938, and in cabaret tour withSid Caesar, 1977.
Credits; Film Appearances
- (Film debut) Bashful Ballerina, 1937.
- Herself, Promises, Promises (also known as Promise Her Anything), NTD, 1963.
- Dorkus, Under the Yum-Yum Tree, Columbia, 1963.
- Ten from Your Show of Shows, Walter Reade, 1973.
- Mademoiselle Marie, Rabbit Test, Avco-Embassy, 1978.
- Aunt Edna, National Lampoon's Vacation (also known as Vacation), Warner Bros., 1983.
- Daisy Schackman, Nothing Lasts Forever, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984.
- Buy and Cell, 1989.
Credits; Television Appearances; Series
- Host, Buzzy Wuzzy, ABC, 1948.
- Regular, Admiral Broadway Revue, NBC, 1949.
- Regular, Your Show of Shows, NBC, 1950-54, portions of shows rebroadcaston HA!, 1990.
- Betty Crane, The Imogene Coca Show, NBC, 1954-55.
- Host, Panorama, NBC, 1956.
- Regular, Sid Caesar Invites You, ABC, 1958.
- Title role, Grindl, NBC, 1963-64.
- Shad, It's about Time, CBS, 1966-67.
- Host, Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1967.
- Regular, The Dick Cavett Show, CBS, 1975.
- Appeared as Gladys Mason, One Life to Live, ABC.
Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
- The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1951.
- "The Funny Heart," U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1956.
- Helpmate, NBC, 1956.
- "Made In Heaven," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1956.
- Effie Floud, Ruggles of Red Gap, NBC, 1957.
- The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Moss Special, CBS, 1967.
- The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1970.
- The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1971.
- Broadway Plays Washington! Kennedy Center Tonight, 1982.
- Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love--Beautiful but Funny, NBC, 1982.
- Hollywood Stars' Screen Tests, NBC, 1984.
- The 38th Annual Emmy Awards, 1986.
- The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards, 1988.
- More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1993.
- Comic Relief VI, HBO, 1994.
- The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame (also known as The 2nd Annual Comedy Hall of Fame), NBC, 1994.
Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
- Fireside Theatre, NBC, 1957.
- Fireside Theatre, NBC, 1958.
- Fireside Theatre, ABC, 1963.
- The Jackie Gleason Show, CBS, 1968.
- The Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1969.
- Love, American Style, ABC, 1969.
- "The Good Fairy Strikes Again," Bewitched, ABC, 1971.
- Wife, "The Merciful," Night Gallery, NBC, 1971.
- Aunt Jenny, "Jan's Aunt Jenny," The Brady Bunch, ABC, 1974.
- Gert, Mama's Family, NBC, 1983.
- Voice, Garfield and Friends, 1988.
- Also appeared in episodes of Moonlighting, ABC; Kup's Show; and Wide World of Mystery.
Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
- Granny's Maw, Return of the Beverly Hillbillies, CBS, 1981.
- Cook, Alice in Wonderland, CBS, 1985.
- Missy B, Papa Was a Preacher, 1985.
- Also appeared in The Emperor's New Clothes.
Credits; Television Appearances; Pilots
- Emily, Getting There, CBS, 1980.
- Notable Hispanic American Women, first edition, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1994.