Gracie Allen was called the smartest dumbbell in the history of show business. Her role as a scatter-brained nitwit never came easy for her, and unlike most entertainers she was not a ham.
Allen and her husband George Burns were a comedy team for 36 years, with Burns as the straight man setting Allen up to deliver the jokes. The pair had their own radio show in 1932, then moved on to movies, and capped their careers with a television show starting in 1950 and ending in 1958.
Allen's memorable film roles are in the "Big Broadcast of 1932" (1932), International House" (1933), "Love in Bloom" (1935), "College Swing" (1938), "Gracie Allen Murder Case" (1939), "Mr. and Mrs. North" (1942), and "Two Girls and a Sailor" (1944).
Allen said she hated making movies and was not reluctant to quit. But then a new medium opened up, and the Burns and Allen television who brought more fame and fortune.