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Martha Raye (1916–1994)


Known as "The Big Mouth" and considered the female equivalent to Bob Hope, Martha Raye was an American icon in her own right. She was born Margy Reed in Butte, Montana, to Maybelle Hazel (Hooper) and Peter Reed, Jr., vaudeville performers. She had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Raye made her acting debut before the age of 10 as she toured the... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Martha Raye Show
The Martha Raye Show Herself - Hostess
(1954-1956)
Monsieur Verdoux
Monsieur Verdoux Annabella Bonheur
(1947)
All Star Revue
All Star Revue Herself - Hostess / Herself / Hostess / Marta Gabor
(1951-1953)
Billy Rose's Jumbo
(1962)

Filmography

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 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
The Duchess
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Sadie Winthrope
- Armed Response (1985) ... Sadie Winthrope
 1979-1984 Alice (TV Series)
Carrie Sharples
- Dollars to Donuts (1984) ... Carrie Sharples
- Lies My Mother Told Me (1984) ... Carrie Sharples
- The Over-the-Hill Girls (1983) ... Carrie Sharples
- Come Back Little Sharples (1983) ... Carrie Sharples
- Carrie on the Rebound (1983) ... Carrie Sharples
 1979-1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Zelda / Irene Austin
 1980 The Gossip Columnist (TV Movie)
Georgia O'Hanlon
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Francis Goldman (segment "Love and the Hidden Meaning")
 1963-1971 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Clara Appleby / Saleslady / Indian Maiden / ...
- The Traveling Saleslady and the Farmer's Son (1969) ... Saleslady / Indian Maiden
- More Truth Than Poultry (1965) ... Virginia Veep
 1970-1971 The Bugaloos (TV Series)
Benita Bizarre
- The Good Old Days (1971) ... Benita Bizarre
- Benita the Beautiful (1970) ... Benita Bizarre
- The Bugaloos Bugaboo (1970) ... Benita Bizarre
- On a Clear Day (1970) ... Benita Bizarre
- Lady, You Don't Look Eighty (1970) ... Benita Bizarre
 1970 The Phynx
Foxy
 1970 Pufnstuf
Boss Witch
 1966 Clown Alley (TV Movie)
Washerwoman Clown
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo
Lulu
 1954 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Delilah / Herself
- Dateline (1954) ... Delilah / Herself
 1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Annabella Bonheur
 1944 Pin Up Girl
Molly McKay
 1941 Hellzapoppin'
Betty Johnson
 1941 Keep 'Em Flying
Gloria Phelps / Barbara Phelps
 1941 Navy Blues
Lilibelle Bolton
 1939 $1000 a Touchdown
Martha Madison
 1939 Never Say Die
Mickey Hawkins
 1938 Tropic Holiday
Midge Miller
 1938 College Swing
Mabel Grady
 1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938
Martha Bellows
 1937 Artists & Models
Specialty
 1936 College Holiday
Daisy Schloggenheimer
 1936 Hideaway Girl
Helen Flint
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Emma Mazda
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Calling All Stars. Musical revue. Sketches by Lew Brown, A. Dorian Otvos, Alan Baxter, Home Fickett, Billy K. Wells and H.I. Philips. Music by Harry Akst. Lyrics by Lew Brown. Musical Director: Al Goodman. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek and Conrad Salinger. Dances and ensembles directed by Maurice L. Kussel. Scenic Design ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | See more »

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

One paper says I'm Catholic and the other says I'm Jewish. I guess that's fitting because as a Methodist I'm meant to be undetermined some of the time. See more »

Trivia:

Her fifth husband, Edward T. Begley, should not be confused with Oscar-winning actor Ed Begley, the father of Ed Begley Jr.. See more »

Nickname:

The Big Mouth See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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