Ethel Merman Biography

Actress, Theater Actress(1908–1984)
Ethel Merman is best known as a gutsy, powerful musical comedy performer and remembered for her brassy style and powerful mezzo-soprano voice.

Synopsis

Ethel Merman made her stage debut in Girl Crazy (1930). In the 1930s she made her first Hollywood appearance and also starred in her own radio show. She has successful performances in Anything Goes (1934), Red, Hot and Blie (1936), Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Call Me Madam (1950) and Gypsy (1959). She also appeared in the film, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and appeared on numerous TV shows.

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Early Career

Actress and singer Ethel Merman was born on January 16, 1908, in Astoria, New York. Merman is best known as gutsy, powerful musical comedy performer and remembered for her brassy style and powerful mezzo-soprano voice. She worked as a secretary before making her stage debut in George and Ira Gershwin's Girl Crazy (1930). In the 1930s she made her first Hollywood appearance and also starred in her own radio show.

Career Highlights

A Broadway favorite, Merman had showstopping, successful performances in Anything Goes (1934), Red, Hot and Blue (1936), Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Call Me Madam (1950), and Gypsy (1959). Merman also appeared in the successful Hollywood film, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and appeared on numerous televsion shows.

Personal Life

She was married and divorced four times, including a 32-day marriage to actor Ernest Borgnine.

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