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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)
Billy Rose's Jumbo
(1962)
All Star Revue
All Star Revue Herself - Hostess / Herself / Hostess / Marta Gabor
(1951-1953)

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
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Beulah Brothers
- Who Killed the Fat Cat? (1965) ... Beulah Brothers
 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: Appeared (as replacement actor) in "No, No, Nanette" on Broadway. Musical comedy (revival). Music by Vincent Youmans. Lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto A. Harbach. Book by Otto A. Harbach and Frank Mandel. Book adapted by Burt Shevelove (also director). Musical Director / vocal arrangements by Buster Davis. Music orchestrated by... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Portrayals | See more »

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

I must have been hypnotized by the spotlight. I never realized I was being culturally deprived, that I was having a lousy upbringing. We were too busy making a living to worry about stuff like that. See more »

Trivia:

Martha left the bulk of her estate to Mark Harris, but left some money to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Harris spent a portion of his money designing a line of furs. See more »

Nickname:

The Female Bob Hope See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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