George Burns met Gracie Allen in 1923. Married in 1926,
within four years they reached a pinnacle in vaudeville, playing The Palace
in New York, and working their own radio series. Originally, Gracie played
it straight while George told the jokes. Once they straightened that out,
the duo became radio and TV favorites and made 13 feature films together.
Gracie even made a bid for the White House in 1940, bursting onto other
radio shows as a nominee of the "Surprise Party."
For two decades, the way the two of them dealt with day-to-day
living became fodder for their comedy until Gracie retired in 1958. The
George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, a situation comedy about the private
lives of a show business couple, aired from 1950 to 1958. George continued
comedy as a solo act, and by the time the curtain finally came down, he
had been in front of audiences for 93 years.