Ethel Merman

Actress, singer Ethel Merman

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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Deceased
02 June 2011
Death Place
Manhattan

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Sally Goodgold, 82, Outspoken Civic Leader
NYTimes - over 6 years
Sally Goodgold was the Ethel Merman of land use: bold, brassy and capable of sounding notes that could be heard over any orchestra. As a civic leader, Mrs. Goodgold believed that New Yorkers deserved affordable housing and accommodating public environments; that private development ought to help create these things, not eradicate them; and that it
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Joy Behar: “The Wedding Ring Itches” - ShowBiz411.com
Google News - over 6 years
Last night's offerings came from Ivana Trump, Kenny Loggins, the boy band NSync, rocker Tommy Lee, Sylvester Stallone, Kathleen Turner, Ethel Merman, and Tallulah Bankhead. The books are badly written, the thoughts in them don't track
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FLASH FRIDAY: ANYTHING GOES & Any Which Way - Broadway World
Google News - over 6 years
After all, there have been two film versions - in 1936, starring Ethel Merman, as well as in 1956, starring Mitzi Gaynor - as well as the hour-long 1954 television production starring Merman, Frank Sinatra and Bert Lahr. There have been five major
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Anything Goes presented by Stolen Shakespeare Guild review - TheaterJones Performing Arts News in North Texas
Google News - over 6 years
Reno is always the star of this show (and has been played by Ethel Merman, Patti LuPone and Sutton Foster), and Tucker shows why. She has sharp timing and a killer smile. Her "I Get a Kick Out of You" is the production's highlight
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The Full Monticello - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 6 years
He's designed yachts, governors' mansions, castles, a royal palace, exclusive resorts, television-show sets, a 15-car train and homes for Hollywood icons (Joan Crawford, Ethel Merman and Fay Wray among them). Lines of eyeglasses, china, potpourri and
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The opposite of Reaganomics - Waterbury Republican American
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Recall Reagan's 1981 inaugural ball with Broadway star Ethel Merman belting out "Everything's Coming Up Roses" to a beaming, confident, respected president-elect. Despite his personal appeal as a decent family man, President Obama brings to mind a
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Q&A: David Coffee - TheaterJones Performing Arts News in North Texas
Google News - over 6 years
One of our most popular local actors talks about playing Edna Turnblad, being a working actor and killing Ethel Merman. Sort of. by Mark Lowry There are only a few local actors who have the star quality to sell tickets just on reputation alone,
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The raunchy revelations of 'The Book of Merman' - Boston Globe
Google News - over 6 years
PROVINCETOWN - If you're not familiar with Varla Jean Merman, nom du drag of the actor Jeffery Roberson, introductions are in order: The self-described love child of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine, she's approximately 6 feet tall
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MUSIC REVIEW; Gun-Totin' Brünnhilde
NYTimes - over 6 years
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Not three months after singing her first Brünnhilde in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Wagner's ''Walküre,'' the soprano Deborah Voigt is performing the title role in Irving Berlin's ''Annie Get Your Gun'' here at the Glimmerglass Festival. Though a wide-ranging repertory is an admirable quality in an artist, it is
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Opera Star Tries Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
NYTimes - over 6 years
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. SAFE to say that Wagner's Brünnhilde would never brag about shootin' a wart off'n grandpappy's nose, despite the warrior that she is. But then maybe she would in an alternative singing universe, the kind Deborah Voigt, the soprano, has entered here at the Glimmerglass Festival. Ms. Voigt, a heralded interpreter of Wagner, Verdi
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Memorial Scheduled for Theatre Producer; Council Meets Tonight; Disappearing ... - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
... Jesus Christ Superstar), Rita McKenzie (Ruthless, Ethel Merman's Broadway), Karen Wilder, Catherine Hughes Black, Vickie Phillips, Jill Keating, Maria Day, Robert Zolli, Monique Lareau, Anne McKenna, Rich Flanders, and Arthur "Bucky" Walsh. 2
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A flurry of texts, a final meeting - Boston Globe
Google News - over 6 years
“I told her father after one of our teaching-coaching sessions, 'You have a little Ethel Merman on your hands,' and I sincerely meant it.'' Friends and teachers paint a portrait of Astley as a young woman passionate about social justice, human rights,
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Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City has a big hit with 'Hairspray' - NewsOK.com
Google News - over 6 years
Listen as he deadpans his dislike for the von Tussles or his spot on homage to Ethel Merman. Devine's looks of quiet desperation are equally priceless, and he deftly uses the full range of his voice to get every laugh afforded his character
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Ethel Merman makes a (thankfully) rare appearance on Colorado Public Television - Westword (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Tonight at 8 pm, it's Denver in 1951 -- and I'm playing Ethel Merman. (My other option: Mamie Eisenhower.) Previous CIO history shows have won regional Emmys; if this one does, it won't be because of my performance. Sorry, Ms. Merman
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Off center: Shira Z. Carmel and Jerusalem's musical dilemma - +972 Magazine - Independent commentary from Israel and the Palestinian territories
Google News - over 6 years
I came down to one of Tel-Aviv's steel and glass towers to meet one of Ethel Merman's favourite people, the show people who are in show business. More specifically, I stopped by the office of a talented music promoter to see what could be done to
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Alice Playten, an Actress of Small Frame, Big Voice, Dies at 63 - New York Times
Google News - over 6 years
Alice Playten, a versatile character actress and musical comedy voice whose piping wail earned her comparisons to a baby Ethel Merman, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 63 and lived in Manhattan. Alice Playten at 20,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ethel Merman
    THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 33
    The 56th Academy Awards, held on April 2, 1984, ended with a performance of "There's No Business Like Show Business" in tribute to Merman.
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    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.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    Merman began to become forgetful with advancing age, and on occasion, had difficulty with her speech. At times her behavior was erratic, causing concern among her friends. On April 7, 1983, she was preparing to travel to Los Angeles to appear on the 55th Academy Awards telecast, when she collapsed in her apartment.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 28
    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 songs are set to a disco beat.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    Robert, Jr., was married to actress Barbara Colby, who, along with her boyfriend (she and Robert were estranged at the time), was shot and killed in a parking garage in Los Angeles in July 1975, by apparent gang members who had no apparent motive.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 19
    The seventh actress to portray the scheming matchmaker, she remained with the musical for 210 performances until it closed on December 27, 1970.
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    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 13
    She was granted a divorce on November 18, 1964.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Age 10
    Following the Broadway closing of Gypsy on March 25, 1961, Merman half-heartedly embarked on the national tour.
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  • 1953
    Age 2
    In March 1953, Merman married Robert Six, the president of Continental Airlines. They separated in December 1959 and were divorced in 1960. Merman's fourth and final marriage was to actor Ernest Borgnine. They were married in Beverly Hills on June 27, 1964.
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    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.
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  • 1952
    Age 1
    Merman and Levitt were divorced in 1952.
    The couple eventually had two children and divorced in 1952 because of his excessive drinking and erratic behavior.
  • 1950
    Born
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1945
    Age -6
    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 her brother Herbert and she 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. 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.
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  • 1943
    Age -8
    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.
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  • 1940
    Age -11
    Merman was married and divorced four times. Her first marriage was to theatrical agent William Smith, whom she married in 1940. They were divorced in 1941.
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  • 1939
    Age -12
    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.
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  • 1934
    Age -17
    It opened on November 21, 1934, at the Alvin Theatre, and the New York Post called Merman "vivacious and ingratiating in her comedy moments, and the embodiment of poise and technical adroitness" when singing "as only she knows how to do."
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  • 1932
    Age -19
    Merman's next show, Humpty Dumpty, began rehearsals in August 1932 and opened—and immediately closed—in Pittsburgh the following month.
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  • 1924
    Age -27
    After graduating from Bryant High School in 1924, Merman was hired as a stenographer by the Boyce-Ite Company.
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  • 1908
    Age -43
    Merman was born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann in her maternal grandmother's house located at 359 4th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, in New York City in 1908, though she would later emphatically insist that it was actually 1912.
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