Martha Raye
American comic actress and singer
Martha Raye
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.
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As the Spirit Moves Me: My birthday offers a time for reflection - Post-Bulletin
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Early funny woman Martha Raye also was born this day, as was Tommy Tune. When I was stricken with polio 62 years ago, six weeks before my 18th birthday, I didn't think I'd live to be 18. Now here I am today at the age of 80. God has kept me going with
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Gotta sing. Gotta dance. For the boys. - Chicago Tribune
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But the troops watching this song-dance-and-comedy duo (fictional creations, but not unlike Martha Raye and Bob Hope) come up with their own solution. At the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, you hear voices from the back of the house,
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The almanac - UPI.com
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They include German philosopher Georg Hegel in 1770; novelist Theodore Dreiser in 1871; English automaker Charles Rolls in 1877; novelist CS Forester in 1899; Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States, in 1908; singer/actor Martha Raye
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Joan Blondell on TCM: DAMES, WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Or infrequently seen fare such as Lowell Sherman's comedy The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932); William A. Graham's Waterhole #3 (1967); Lee H. Katzin's The Phynx (1970), a curiosity thanks to its numerous star cameos (Martha Raye, Busby Berkeley,
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Let's hear it 'For the Boys' - Chicago Sun-Times
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The principal characters were Dixie Leonard, a big band singer (loosely modeled after singer-comedienne Martha Raye), who teamed up with (and often outshone) Eddie Sparks, a comic who was something of a composite of Bob Hope and Dean Martin
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Annual Fundraiser for Fallen Soldiers to be held in Eureka - Patch.com
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Martha Raye Chapter XXVII Special Forces Association Donations for the sixth annual Green Beret Casualty Fund Benefit are being accepted. The benefit will be held from 11 am to 5 pm on Aug. 27 at the Eureka Community Center, 333 Bald Hill Rd. "Our
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First Oprah Winfrey, Now Brett Ratner? Did the Oscars Just Jump the Shark? - E! Online
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(Assuming you know who USO hero Martha Raye is/was, can you name one of her big-screen credits? ) As a filmmaker, Ratner withstands comparisons to the guys who made Oh, God! Book II and Glitter. (And, by the way, the guy who made Oh, God!
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Thanks to all military personnel - Monroe News Star
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Billy Graham and Martha Raye arrive at a jungle location in Vietnam where I was stationed with the 1st Cavalry Division. Their lives were in danger. We lost a warrant officer pilot to sniper fire that day. Raye was an Army reserve colonel and wore her
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OFFBEAT: Alpaca farm tour provides look at unusual animals prized for soft ... - nwitimes.com
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Actress Meloyde Condos (daughter of Martha Raye and Nick Condos) is 66. Actress Helen Mirren is 66. Drummer Roger Taylor of Queen is 62. Actress Susan George is 61. Ice skater Dorothy Hamill is 55. Actress Nana Visitor (Major Kira on "Star Trek: Deep
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Draw to stage earned MB Comerford sparkling reputation - Scranton Times-Tribune
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16, 1937, and the first picture shown was "Double or Nothing," starring Bing Crosby and Martha Raye. From the start of his career in theater, MB Comerford proved himself one of the best. It was about 1920 when he took the position as Wilkes-Barre
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Katherine Frizzell - Lexington Dispatch
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Survivors include sons Vearl Hampton Frizzell Jr. and Kelly Frizzell, both of Lexington; daughter Lena Hayes of Lexington; brother Charles W. Sargent and wife Sandra of Lexington; sisters Eunice Kearns and Martha Raye Tysinger and husband Albert,
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Tony Townsend's lived a life in costumes - phillyBurbs.com
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When he wasn't onstage, even then he was dressing others from the wings, helping entertainers like Martha Raye, Bert Lahr and Groucho Max get into costume. But Townsend didn't anticipate always working behind the scenes. “From the time I was small,
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Stage standout: July 15, 2011 - Ventura County Star
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The illustrious roster of leading ladies includes Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Ethel Merman, Betty Grable, Phyllis Diller, Mary Martin and Tovah Feldshuh. And don't forget Barbra Streisand in the 1969 film version of the
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Sherwood Schwartz: Watch Clips From His 5 Most Memorable Shows (Video) - Hollywood Reporter
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... Skelton Hour one of his first small-screen credits as a writer. The variety show ran on TV for nearly two decades, from the 1950s to the 1970s, alternately on NBC and CBS. Watch part of an episode, in which Skelton welcomes guest Martha Raye, below
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TV Pioneer and Producer Bob Banner Dies at 89 - Hollywood Reporter
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It was Banner who hired Burnett to replace an ailing guest, Martha Raye, on the Moore show, leading to a regular role. During his half-century in show business, Banner also executive produced the syndicated shows Solid Gold, Star Search and It's
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A Medal for Merkel - Barron's
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These medals have gone to a wide variety of recipients, from Martha Graham to Martha Raye; from Milton Friedman to John Kenneth Galbraith; from Tony Blair to Margaret Thatcher; from Tennessee Ernie Ford to Mstislav Rostropovich
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Martha Raye
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 77
    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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  • 1993
    Age 76
    Her final years were plagued by ill health. She suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had lost both legs in 1993 from poor circulation.
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    On November 2, 1993, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton for her service to her country.
    More Details Hide Details The citation reads: "A talented performer whose career spans the better part of a century, Martha Raye has delighted audiences and uplifted spirits around the globe. She brought her tremendous comedic and musical skills to her work in film, stage, and television, helping to shape American entertainment. The great courage, kindness, and patriotism she showed in her many tours during World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict earned her the nickname 'Colonel Maggie'. The American people honor Martha Raye, a woman who has tirelessly used her gifts to benefit the lives of her fellow Americans." She was a television star very early in its history, and even had her own program for a while, The Martha Raye Show (1954–1956), with an awkward boyfriend portrayed by retired middleweight boxer Rocky Graziano (whom she called "goombah", Sicilian slang for the Italian 'compadre' companion). (The writer and producer was future The Phil Silvers Show creator Nat Hiken.)
  • FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 53
    In 1970, she portrayed Boss Witch, the "Queen of all Witchdom", in the feature film Pufnstuf for Sid and Marty Krofft.
    More Details Hide Details This led to her being cast as villainess Benita Bizarre in The Bugaloos (1970), which the Kroffts produced the same year. She often appeared as a guest on other programs, particularly ones that often had older performers as guest stars such as ABC's The Love Boat, and on variety programs including the short-lived The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show. She appeared from the third to the ninth seasons as Carrie Sharples on Alice, making two or three appearances a season. She made guest appearances or did cameo roles in such series as Murder, She Wrote on CBS and The Andy Williams Show and McMillan & Wife, both on NBC. She appeared again as Agatha for the six-episode run of the retooled McMillan, taking over for Nancy Walker, who had left the series. Her last film appearance was as an incontinent airline passenger in the disaster film The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979).
  • 1968
    Age 51
    In 1968, she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in the form of an Oscar.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Well-wishers gave her a St. Christopher's medal, a St. Genesius medal, and a Star of David. After her recovery, she wore these amulets faithfully, although she was neither Roman Catholic nor Jewish. At the conclusion of each episode of her TV shows, she would thank the nuns at the Sisters of St. Francis Hospital in Miami, Florida, where she had recovered. She would always say, "Goodnight, Sisters" as a sign of appreciation and gratitude. Later in her career, she made television commercials for Polident denture cleanser, principally during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1937
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She had one child, a daughter, Melodye Condos (born July 26, 1944), with fourth husband Condos. Politically, Raye was conservative, affirming her political views by informing an interviewer, "I am a Republican because I believe in the constitution, strength in national defense, limited government, individual freedom, and personal responsibility as the concrete foundation for American government. They reinforce the resolve that the United States is the greatest country in the world and we can all be eternally grateful to our founding fathers for the beautiful legacy they left us today."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1936
    Age 19
    From 1936-39, she was a featured cast member in 39 episodes of Al Jolson's weekly CBS radio show, The Lifebuoy Program, also called Cafe Trocadero.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to comedy, Martha sang both solos and duets with Jolson. Over the next quarter century, she would appear with many of the leading comics of her day, including Joe E. Brown, Bob Hope, W. C. Fields, Abbott and Costello, Charlie Chaplin, and Jimmy Durante. She joined the USO soon after the US entered World War II. She was known for the size of her mouth, which was large in proportion to her face, earning her the nickname The Big Mouth. She later referred to this in a series of commercials for Polident denture cleaner in the 1980s: "So take it from The Big Mouth: new Polident Green gets tough stains clean!" Her large mouth would relegate her motion picture work to supporting comic parts, and was often made up so it appeared even larger. In the Disney cartoon Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, she is caricatured while dancing alongside Joe E. Brown, another actor known for a big mouth. In the Warner Bros. cartoon The Woods Are Full Of Cuckoos (1937), she was caricatured as a jazzy scat-singing donkey named 'Moutha Bray'.
    In 1936, she was signed for comic roles by Paramount Pictures, and made her first picture for Paramount.
    More Details Hide Details Her first feature film was Rhythm on the Range with crooner Bing Crosby.
  • 1934
    Age 17
    She made her first film appearance in 1934 in a band short titled A Nite in the Nite Club.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1916
    Born
    Born on August 27, 1916.
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