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BRENTWOOD, Calif., July 11 (UPI) -- Charles Lane, a character actor appearing in hundreds of film and television roles, has died in his Brentwood, Calif., home at the age of 102. Lane's sharp face and lanky frame were recognizable to the movie-going public since the 1930s, as he portrayed h

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- U.S President George Bush's comment in Arizona that the Iraq war would be "just a comma" in history books became more an exclamation point in lively debate.

1940s radio and TV star Conte dies at 90

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Star of 1940s and 1950s radio, television and Broadway, John Conte, who later owned a successful television station, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at 90. Born in Palmer, Mass., on Sept. 15, 1915, Conte moved with his family to Los Angeles in his teens. H

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Women broadcasters present Gracies

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- American Women in Radio & Television will honor dozens of broadcasters in New York Thursday night, handing out the 2003 National Gracie Allen Awards in ceremoni

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Gracie Allen
Elisabeth Hasselbeck poses for pictures at the American Women in Radio & Television Annual Gracie Allen Awards Gala at the Hilton Hotel in New York on June 22, 2004. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen (July 26, 1895 – August 27, 1964), known as Gracie Allen, was an American comedian who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. For contributions to the television industry, Gracie Allen was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6672 Hollywood Boulevard.

Gracie Allen was born in San Francisco, California, to George Allen and Molly Darragh, who were of Irish Catholic extraction. She made her first appearance on stage at age three and was given her first chance On Air by Eddie Cantor. She was educated at the Star of the Sea Convent School and during that time became a talented dancer. She soon began performing Irish folk dances with her three sisters, who were billed as "The Four Colleens." In 1909 Allen joined her sister, Bessie, as a vaudeville performer. At a performance in 1922 Allen met George Burns and the two formed a comedy act. The two were married on January 7, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Depending on the source, Gracie Allen might have been born on July 26 in 1895, 1896, 1902, or 1906. All public records held by the City and County of San Francisco were destroyed in the earthquake and great fire of April 1906. Her husband, George Burns, also professed not to know exactly how old she was, though it was presumably he who provided the date July 26, 1902, which appears on her death record. Her crypt marker also shows her year of birth as 1902. Allen used to claim that she was born in 1906 but, when pressed for evidence, she would say that her birth certificate had been destroyed in the earthquake. When the person she was telling pointed out that she was born in July but the earthquake was three months earlier in April, she would simply smile and say, "Well, it was an awfully big earthquake." The most reliable information comes from the U.S. Census data collected on June 1, 1900. According to the information in the Census records for the State of California, City and County of San Francisco, enumeration district 38, family 217, page 11-A, one Grace Allen — daughter of George and Maggie Allen, and youngest sister of Bessie, Hazel and Pearl Allen — was born in California in July 1895. In the census taken on April 15, 1910, however, for San Francisco's 39th Assembly District, Enumeration District 216, Page 5A, Grace Allen is listed as being 13 (instead of 14). It should be further noted, however, that census enumerators received their information by word of mouth, often from third parties, and discrepancies between ages from one decade's census to another are not uncommon in this time period.

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