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Ethel Merman (1908–1984)


Born in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City, Ethel Merman was surely the pre-eminent star of 'Broadway' musical comedy. Though untrained in singing, she could belt out a song like quite no one else, and was sought after by major songwriters such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Having debuted in 1930 in "Girl Crazy, " she is yet ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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 2014 The Sugarcube Critic (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Boast Busters (2014) ... (performer: "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)")
 2013 Six by Sondheim (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Rose's Turn")
 2012 The Joy of Disco (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Alexander's Ragtime Band")
 2010 Michael Feinstein's American Songbook (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Best Band in the Land (2010) ... (performer: "Why Do They Call a Private a Private?")
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business")
 2006 Bones (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Girl with the Curl (2006) ... (performer: "I Got Rhythm" - uncredited)
 2004 Joey (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2004) ... (performer: "Hooray for Hollywood")
 2002 Sinatra: The Classic Duets (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Moonlight in Vermont" - uncredited)
 1997 Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Marching Along with Time", "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'" (uncredited), "Anything You Can Do")
 1996 The Late Shift (TV Movie) (performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business")
 1992 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 22 May 1992 (1992) ... (performer: "Everything's Coming Up Roses" (1959) - uncredited)
 1991 Designing Women (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A Toe in the Water (1991) ... (performer: "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly")
 1989 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- On the Spot (1989) ... (performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business" - uncredited)
 1986 The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (TV Movie) (performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business")
 1985 Great Performances (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Best of Broadway (1985) ... (performer: "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "They Say It's Wonderful")
 1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (TV Movie) (performer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Don't Let the Parade Pass You By")
 1978 A Special Sesame Street Christmas (TV Movie) (performer: "Tomorrow", "Christmas Medley: Jingle Bells / Sleigh Ride / Winter Wonderland / I Saw Three Ships" - uncredited)
 1977 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ethel Merman (1977) ... (performer: "You're the Top", "Friendship", "De Lovely", "Together Wherever We Go", "You're Just In Love", "Anything You Can Do", "Mutual Admiration Society", "There's No Business like Show Business")
 1977 You're Gonna Love It Here (TV Movie) (performer: "You're Gonna Love It Here")
 1976 Evening at Pops (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Special Guest: Ethel Merman (1976) ... (performer: "I Got Rhythm", "They Say It's Wonderful")
 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 11 September 1970 (1970) ... (performer: "For Once In My Life", "September Song")
 1967 That Girl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pass the Potatoes, Ethel Merman (1967) ... (performer: "Small World", "After You've Gone", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Everything's Coming Up Roses" - uncredited)
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ethel Merman (1958) ... (performer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", "You're the Top", "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1957 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.4 (1957) ... (performer: "You're Just in Love", "There's No Business Like Show Business" - uncredited)
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Anything Goes (1954) ... (performer: "Anything Goes", "You Do Something To Me", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "You're the Top", "It Was Just One of Those Things", "Blow Gabriel Blow", "Friendship" - uncredited)
 1949 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.42 (1949) ... (performer: "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "I Got Rhythm", "Friendship" (uncredited), "The Varsity Drag")
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Kate Fothergill"; Broadway debut) in "Girl Crazy" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by / Music Conducted by George Gershwin. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Book by Guy Bolton and John McGowan. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Earl Busby. Choreographed by George Hale. Costume Design by ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Miss Ethel Merman

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Personal Quote:

[In 1930, on the show that made her a star, George Gershwin's "Girl Crazy"] In the second chorus of "I Got Rhythm", I held a high C note for 16 bars while the orchestra played the melodic line - a big, tooty thing - against the note. By the time I'd held that note for four bars, the audience was applauding. They applauded through the whole chorus and I did several encores. It seemed to do ... See more »

Trivia:

She loved Christmas so much, that she kept her Christmas tree up year-round. See more »

Trademark:

The song, sung in her inimitable way, "There's No Business Like Show Business" See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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