EYDIE GORME DEAD
Singer, TV legend and STEVE LAWRENCE’s wife/partner EYDIE GORME gone at 84.
“The Blame it On the Bossa Nova” thrush died Saturday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness.
Edie was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was joined Steve Allen's local New York television show in 1953.
She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Steve Lawrence, who had joined the show a year earlier.
When the program became NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1954, Steve & Eydie became household names.
The popular couple married in Las Vegas in 1957.
Soon after their marriage, the hot duo landed their own TV program, "The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show," which was a summer replacement for Allen.
But when Steve entered the Army, Eydie flew solo until his discharge when their career exploded.
Steve & Eydie headlined top nightclubs in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Las Vegas, combining music with the comedy shtick they developed during their years with Steve Allen's show.
Steve Lawrence, the couple's son David and other loved ones were by her side when she died.
"Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years," Lawrence said in a statement.
"I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."