Martha Raye

Comic Actress and Singer
Born Aug 27, 1916

Martha Raye was an American comic actress and standards singer who performed in movies, and later on television. She was honored in 1969 with an Academy Award as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops.… Read More

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1916 Birth Born on August 27, 1916.


1934 17 Years Old She made her first film appearance in 1934 in a band short titled A Nite in the Nite Club.
1936 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1936, she was signed for comic roles by Paramount Pictures, and made her first picture for Paramount. … Read More


1937 20 Years Old She was married to Hamilton "Buddy" Westmore from May 30, 1937, until September 1937, filing for divorce on the basis of extreme cruelty; to composer-conductor David Rose from October 8, 1938 to May 19, 1941; to Neal Lang from May 25, 1941 to February 3, 1944; to Nick Condos from February 22, 1944 to June 17, 1953; to Edward T. Begley from April 21, 1954 to October 6, 1956; to Robert O'Shea from November 7, 1956 to December 1, 1960; and to Mark Harris from September 25, 1991 until her death in 1994. … Read More


1956 39 Years Old Following the demise of her TV variety show, the breakup of her fifth marriage, and a series of other personal and health problems, she attempted suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills on August 14, 1956. … Read More


1968 51 Years Old In 1968, she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in the form of an Oscar.
1970 53 Years Old In 1970, she portrayed Boss Witch, the "Queen of all Witchdom", in the feature film Pufnstuf for Sid and Marty Krofft. … Read More


1993 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 2, 1993, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton for her service to her country. … Read More
1994 77 Years Old 1 More Event
While in poor health and resting in the hospital bed that had to be placed in her home, Martha and husband Mark Harris moved into a hotel after their home was completely destroyed by the 1994 earthquake.
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