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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 Double or Nothing
Liza Lou Lane
 1937 Artists & Models
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 1936 College Holiday
Daisy Schloggenheimer
 1936 Hideaway Girl
Helen Flint
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Emma
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Other Works:

(1980's) TV: 'Spokes-Mouth' for Polident's series of commercials for its denture cleaner ... 'So take it from The Big Mouth: new Polident Green gets tough stains clean!' See more »

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1 Print Biography | 3 Portrayals | 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 »

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Following the demise of her TV variety show, the breakup of her fifth marriage, and a series of other personal problems, she attempted suicide with sleeping pills on August 14, 1956. After her recovery she always wore a St. Christopher's medal, a St. Genesius medal and a Star of David given to her by wellwishers. At the end of her TV programs she also would say "Good night, Sisters," a reference ... See more »

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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