Cecily Adams

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Cecily Adams
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Born Cecily April Adams
(1958-02-06)February 6, 1958
Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States
Died March 3, 2004(2004-03-03) (aged 46)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Actress, casting director, acting coach, lyricist
Years active 1982–2004
Spouse(s) Jim Beaver
(m. 1989–2004; her death)
Children 1

Cecily April Adams (February 6, 1958 – March 3, 2004) was an American actress, casting director, and lyricist.


Adams was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, the daughter of comic actor Don Adams and singer Adelaide Efantis. She attended Beverly Hills High School and the University of California at Irvine. She acted in high school and college and in 1983 joined the Hollywood theatre company Theatre West.

Adams is well known to fans of Star Trek for portraying the recurring character of Ishka (also known as "Moogie"), mother of the Ferengi brothers Rom and Quark, in four of her five appearances in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, replacing Andrea Martin. Adams was in fact nine years younger than Armin Shimerman (Quark) despite playing his mother.[1]

She appeared in guest roles on a variety of television series including Just Shoot Me!, Murphy Brown, and Party of Five, and with her father in his television series Check It Out! and television movie Get Smart Again. Adams played a lead role in the 1991 independent feature film little secrets. She was also a talented lyricist and with her collaborator David Burke wrote pop songs as well as commercial jingles and television theme songs.

Personal life[edit]

Adams's sister is the actress/television executive Stacey Adams. Cecily Adams was married to actor/writer Jim Beaver in 1989; their daughter Madeline was born in 2001. Adams died of lung cancer though a non-smoker, on March 3, 2004, at the age of 46, in Los Angeles, California. Her husband's memoir, Life's That Way, details her last few months. She was cremated and her ashes scattered at Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, and at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, California.[2]




Deep Space Nine appearances[edit]


  1. ^ DeCandido, Keith (July 11, 2014). "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Ferengi Love Songs"". Tor.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Beaver, Jim, Life's That Way. Putnam/Penguin Publishers, 2009

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