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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
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 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
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 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 »

Publicity Listings:

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:

Performed in a family act called "Reed and Hooper" (their parents' names) with brother Bud. Martha (whose real name was Margaret) and Bud so consistently stole the show that the name of the act was eventually changed to "Bud and Margie." See more »

Nickname:

The Female Bob Hope See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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