Television: Burns Without Allen

The longest-running team in show business began applying the brakes last week in Hollywood. After 36 years as the better half of Burns and Allen, pretty, professionally giddy Gracie, still slim and girlish at 53, announced that she will retire in May. "I'm going to sleep for six months," she said. "I'm going to invite people in to dinner, and visit my grandchildren. And I'm going to clean out the bureau drawers."

Over the years, Mrs. George Burns has accumulated an overflow of nostalgia—good times, well-used gags and trademarked nitwitticisms that made her vaudeville's,...

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