Ethel Merman (1908–1984)

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Born in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City, Ethel Merman surely is the pre-eminent star of 'Broadway' musical comedy. Though untrained in singing, she could belt out a song like quite no one else, and was sought after by major songwriters such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Having debuted in 1930 in "Girl Crazy, " she is yet ... See full bio »

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Known For

Call Me Madam Sally Adams
Airplane! Lieutenant Hurwitz


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 1980 Airplane!
Lieutenant Hurwitz
 1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (TV Movie)
Lilly Loraine (voice)
 1977 You're Gonna Love It Here (TV Movie)
Lolly Rogers (as Miss Ethel Merman)
 1972 Journey Back to Oz
Mombi, The Bad Witch (voice)
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
- Moving In (1968)
 1967-1968 That Girl (TV Series)
Ethel Merman
- The Other Woman (1968) ... Ethel Merman
- Pass the Potatoes, Ethel Merman (1967) ... Ethel Merman
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Rosanna McCloud
- Mountains of the Moon: Part 2 (1967) ... Rosanna McCloud (as Miss Ethel Merman)
- Mountains of the Moon: Part 1 (1967) ... Rosanna McCloud (as Miss Ethel Merman)
 1967 Batman (TV Series)
Lola Lasagne
- A Horse of Another Color (1967) ... Lola Lasagne
- The Sport of Penguins (1967) ... Lola Lasagne
- The Wail of the Siren (1967) ... Lola Lasagne (uncredited)
 1967 Annie Get Your Gun (TV Movie)
Annie Oakley
 1965 The Art of Love
Madame Coco La Fontaine
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Clara Lovelace
- Twixt the Cup and the Lip (1965) ... Clara Lovelace
 1964 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Ethel Merman
- Ethel Merman and the Boy Scout Show (1964) ... Ethel Merman
- Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman to Sing (1964) ... Ethel Merman
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Mrs. Marcus
 1963 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Mother Hughes
- Get Thee to the Cannery (1963) ... Mother Hughes
 1963 Maggie Brown (TV Movie)
Maggie Brown
 1963 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Maggie Brown
- Maggie Brown (1963) ... Maggie Brown
 1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Libby Marks
- Honest in the Rain (1956) ... Libby Marks
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Muriel Flood
- Reflected Glory (1956) ... Muriel Flood
 1954 Panama Hattie (TV Movie)
Hattie Maloney
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Hattie Maloney
- Panama Hattie (1954) ... Hattie Maloney
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Reno Sweeney
- Anything Goes (1954) ... Reno Sweeney
 1953 Call Me Madam
Sally Adams
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Ethel Merman
 1938 Straight Place and Show
Linda Tyler
 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band
Jerry Allen
 1938 Happy Landing
Flo Kelly
 1936 Anything Goes
Reno Sweeney
 1936 Strike Me Pink
Joyce Lennox
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936
Ethel Merman
 1934 Kid Millions
Dot Clark
 1934 We're Not Dressing
 1932 Ireno (Short)
 1931 Roaming (Short)
Mary, Show Owner's Daughter
 1931 Be Like Me (Short)
 1931 Old Man Blues (Short)
 1931 Devil Sea (Short)
 1930 Follow the Leader
Helen King
 1930 The Cave Club (Short)
Vocalist: The Sockety-Sock
 1930 Her Future (Short)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "George White's Scandals" on Broadway. Musical revue. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Miss Ethel Merman


5' 5½" (1.66 m)


Ernest Borgnine  (divorced) | See more »


Levitt, Ethel

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

You'll never prove you're too good for a job by not doing your best See more »


The role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! was originally written for Merman, but she turned it down. She did eventually play the role in 1970, however, and remained with the show until it closed on December 27, 1970. See more »


Powerful belting mezzo-soprano vocal range See more »

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