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Date of Birth 13 July 1923Larson, Idaho, USA
Date of Death 10 May 2011Brea, California, USA
Birth NameNorma Beatrice Larsen
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Norma Zimmer was born on July 13, 1923 in Larson, Idaho, USA as Norma Beatrice Larsen. She was married to Randal H. Zimmer. She died on May 10, 2011 in Brea, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Randal H. Zimmer (1945 - 1 November 2008) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

sons, Ron and Mark
Under her maiden name of Norma Larsen, and later under her married name, Norma Zimmer was a top background singer in the Hollywood studios for more than a decade before joining the Lawrence Welk show as "Champagne Lady" in 1960. As a background vocalist, she worked on several sessions for, among others, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Dale Evans, and Gordon Jenkins.
Had a sister and a brother.
Fell from a horse, circa 1984.
A devout Christian.
Although suffering from trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux for many years, she continues to lead an active life. Among other things, the great-grandmother paints in oils, does needlework, and helps out on the family ranch. As a performer, she continues to perform with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and other former regulars from the Welk show at the Lawrence Welk Champagne Theater in Branson, Mo. She also has hosted several of the Welk show reruns that air regularly on the PBS. [November 2004]
Appeared as a guest soloist on Billy Graham's Crusade in Albuquerque, New Mexico [1975].

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