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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. The daughter of Irish vaudeville performers she made her acting debut before the age of 10 as she toured the nation with her parents variety show "Reed and Hopper". In her late teens she was hired by band-leader Paul Ash as... See full bio »

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

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 1970 The Phynx
Foxy
 1970 Pufnstuf
Boss Witch
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo
Lulu
 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
 1940 The Farmer's Daughter
Patience Bingham
 1939 $1000 a Touchdown
Martha Madison
 1939 Never Say Die
Mickey Hawkins
 1938 Give Me a Sailor
Letty Larkin
 1938 Tropic Holiday
Midge Miller
 1938 College Swing
Mabel Grady
 1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938
Martha Bellows
 1937 Double or Nothing
Liza Lou Lane
 1937 Artists & Models
Specialty
 1937 Mountain Music
Mary Beamish
 1936 College Holiday
Daisy Schloggenheimer
 1936 Hideaway Girl
Helen Flint
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Emma
 1934 A Nite in a Nite Club (Short)
Singer
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Calling All Stars. Musical revue. Sketches by Lew Brown, A. Dorian Otvos, Alan Baxter, Home Fickett, William 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 »

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1 Print Biography | 3 Portrayals | See more »

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

"Only cowards give up the search for happiness because they're afraid of getting hurt. See more »

Trivia:

Raye's career was highlighted in "The Slapstick Queens" by James Robert Parish, published by A. S. Barnes in 1973. See more »

Nickname:

The Female Bob Hope See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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