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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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 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
 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
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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 »

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5' 3" (1.6 m)
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I am a Republican because I believe in the constitution, strength in national defense, limited government, individual freedom, and personal responsibility as the concrete foundation for American government. They reinforce the resolve that the United States is the greatest country in the world and we can all be eternally grateful to our founding fathers for the beautiful legacy they left us today. See more »

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Was an honorary Green Beret. Visited U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam without fanfare. Registered nurse Lt. Colonel, helped out when things got bad in Special Forces A-Camps. Affectionately known by Green Berets as "Colonel Maggie." See more »

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The Big Mouth See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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