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Ethel Merman

Actress + Singer
Female
Born Nov 10, 1950
Hometown City of New York
Died Jun 2, 2011
Death Place Manhattan
Political Party Republican Party
Religion Episcopal Church ...
Other Names Zimmermann, Ethel...

Ethel Merman was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her powerful voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage.

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CHILDHOOD

1908 Birth Merman was born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann in her maternal grandmother's house located at 265 4th Street in Astoria, Queens, in New York City in 1908, though she would later emphatically declare that it was actually 1912. … Read More

TEENAGE

1924 16 Years Old After graduating from Bryant in 1924, Merman was hired as a stenographer by the Boyce-Ite Company. … Read More

TWENTIES

1932 24 Years Old Merman's next show, Humpty Dumpty, began rehearsals in August 1932 and opened—and immediately closed—in Pittsburgh the following month. … Read More
1934 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Merman returned to Hollywood to appear in We're Not Dressing, a 1934 screwball comedy based on the J. M. Barrie play The Admirable Crichton. … Read More
1936 28 Years Old Merman initially was overlooked for the 1936 screen adaptation of Anything Goes when Bing Crosby insisted his wife Dixie Lee be cast as Reno Sweeney opposite his Billy Crocker, but when she unexpectedly dropped out of the project Merman was given the opportunity to reprise the role she had originated on stage. … Read More

THIRTIES

1939 31 Years Old She returned to the stage in Stars in Your Eyes, which struggled to survive while the public flocked to the 1939 New York World's Fair instead and finally closed short of four months. … Read More
1943 35 Years Old In 1943, Merman was a featured performer in the film Stage Door Canteen and opened in another Porter musical, Something for the Boys, produced by Michael Todd. … Read More
1945 37 Years Old In August 1945, while in the hospital recovering from the Caesarean birth of her second child, Merman was visited by Dorothy Fields, who proposed she star as Annie Oakley in a musical she and her brother Herbert were writing with Jerome Kern. Merman accepted, but in November Kern suffered a stroke while in New York City visiting Rodgers and Hammerstein (the producers of the show) and died a few days later. Producers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II invited Irving Berlin to replace him, and the result was Annie Get Your Gun, which opened on May 16, 1946 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for nearly three years and 1,147 performances. … Read More

FORTIES

1950 42 Years Old Merman and Berlin reunited for Call Me Madam in 1950, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and she went on to star in the 1953 screen adaptation as well, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance. … Read More
1952 44 Years Old 1 More Event
The couple eventually had two children and divorced in 1952 due to his excessive drinking and erratic behavior.
1953 45 Years Old Merman returned to Broadway at the behest of her third husband, Continental Airlines executive Robert Six, who was upset she had chosen to become a Colorado housewife following their wedding in 1953. … Read More

FIFTIES

1961 53 Years Old Following the Broadway closing of Gypsy on March 25, 1961, Merman half-heartedly embarked on the national tour. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1970 62 Years Old Producer David Merrick encouraged Jerry Herman to compose Hello, Dolly! specifically for Merman's vocal range, but when he offered her the role she declined it. She finally joined the cast on March 28, 1970, six years after the production opened. … Read More
1975 67 Years Old Her son, Robert, was married to actress Barbara Colby, who, along with her boyfriend (she and Robert were estranged at the time), was shot and killed by apparent gang members for no apparent motive in a parking garage in Los Angeles in 1975. … Read More
1979 71 Years Old For the remainder of her career, Merman worked as frequently as offers were made. In 1979, she recorded The Ethel Merman Disco Album, with many of her signature show-stoppers set to a disco beat.
1980 72 Years Old Her last screen role was a self-parody in the 1980 comedy film Airplane!, in which she portrayed Lieutenant Hurwitz, a shell shocked soldier who thinks he is Ethel Merman. … Read More
1983 75 Years Old On April 7, 1983, she was preparing to leave for Los Angeles to appear on the 55th Academy Awards telecast when she collapsed in her apartment. … Read More
1984 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 10, 1984, an auction of her personal effects, including furniture, artwork, and theatre memorabilia, earned in excess of $120,000 at Christie's East. … Read More
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