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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 »

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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
 1970 Pufnstuf
Boss Witch
 1966 Clown Alley (TV Movie)
Washerwoman Clown
 1966 Magic Mansion (TV Series)
Martha Raye
- Anti-Gravity (1966) ... Martha Raye
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Beulah Brothers
- Who Killed the Fat Cat? (1965) ... Beulah Brothers
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo
 1954 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Delilah / Herself
- Dateline (1954) ... Delilah / Herself
 1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Annabella Bonheur
 1944 Pin Up Girl
Molly McKay
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
Martha Raye
 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
 1936 College Holiday
Daisy Schloggenheimer
 1936 Hideaway Girl
Helen Flint
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
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Other Works:

Single: "Sweet Loraine" / "I Love The Waterfront" (Apollo Records) See more »

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5' 3" (1.6 m)

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I didn't have to work till I was three. But after that, I never stopped. See more »


Born backstage at a local vaudeville theatre in Butte, Montana, where her song-and-dance parents, Maybelle Hazel (Hooper) and Peter Reed, Jr., were performing. Two days after Martha was born, her mother was back doing the act. Martha's father, born in Manchester, England, had Irish ancestry. Martha's American-born mother had German and English roots. See more »


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