Coca, Imogene(1908– ) television comedian; born in Philadelphia. Doe-eyed and pixieish, she enjoyed an extensive career in vaudeville and on Broadway before teaming up with Sid Caesar for Your Show of Shows, the acclaimed National Broadcasting Company comedy-variety series that ran from 1950 to 1954. She did not sustain her popularity after the Caesar-Coca partnership dissolved; in 1958 they reunited for a series that failed, as did her situation comedy Grindle (1963). She made rare appearances in later years.
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