Father was from Sicily, mother from Turkey, and both were Sephardic Jews. The family spoke English and Spanish and she was so fluent in the latter that after high school she worked as a translator at the United Nations. Was a high-school classmate of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Born Edith, she changed her name for professional reasons to Edie, but when too many people called her Eddie, she altered the spelling to Eydie. Originally given a two-week assignment in 1953 on the local New York City program, The Steve Allen Show (which would later become The Tonight Show), and had it extended every two weeks for four years. Met husband, Steve Lawrence, when the two performed as regulars on The Steve Allen Show in the mid-'50s. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married the same day at the same location in Las Vegas, and were witnesses to her wedding. Had great success in the Latin-music market in the 1960s with a number of hits performed in Spanish. Considered for the role of Fanny Brice in the 1964 Broadway production of Funny Girl, but turned it down when producers wouldn't cast her husband. Following the sudden 1986 death of their 23-year-old son Michael, she and her husband took a year off from touring and performing. Steve and Eydie covered "Black Hole Sun," by the rock band Soundgarden, for the 1997 compilation album Lounge-A-Palooza.