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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 »

Known For

Waikiki Wedding Myrtle Finch
(1937)
(1976-1977)
Double or Nothing Liza Lou Lane
(1937)
Give Me a Sailor Letty Larkin
(1938)

Filmography

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 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
The Duchess
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Sadie Winthrope
- Armed Response (1985) ... Sadie Winthrope
 1979-1984 Alice (TV Series)
Carrie Sharples
- Dollars to Donuts (1984) ... Carrie Sharples
- Lies My Mother Told Me (1984) ... Carrie Sharples
- The Over-the-Hill Girls (1983) ... Carrie Sharples
- Come Back Little Sharples (1983) ... Carrie Sharples
- Carrie on the Rebound (1983) ... Carrie Sharples
 1981 Pippin: His Life and Times (TV Movie)
Berthe
 1979-1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Zelda / Irene Austin
 1980 The Gossip Columnist (TV Movie)
Georgia O'Hanlon
 1979 Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Ghost of Christmas Past
 1976-1977 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Agatha
- Have You Heard About Vanessa? (1977) ... Agatha
- Affair of the Heart (1977) ... Agatha
- Coffee, Tea, or Cyanide (1977) ... Agatha
- Philip's Game (1977) ... Agatha
- Dark Sunrise (1977) ... Agatha
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Francis Goldman (segment "Love and the Hidden Meaning")
 1963-1971 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Clara Appleby / Saleslady / Indian Maiden / ...
- Appleby's Garage Sale (1971) ... Clara Appleby
- The Traveling Saleslady and the Farmer's Son (1969) ... Saleslady / Indian Maiden
- More Truth Than Poultry (1965) ... Virginia Veep
- The Mouth That Roared (1964) ... Gangster Boss Mr. Big
- The Mouth Shall Rise Again (1963) ... Laundress
 1970-1971 The Bugaloos (TV Series)
Benita Bizarre
- The Good Old Days (1971) ... Benita Bizarre
- Benita the Beautiful (1970) ... Benita Bizarre
- The Bugaloos Bugaboo (1970) ... Benita Bizarre
- On a Clear Day (1970) ... Benita Bizarre
- Lady, You Don't Look Eighty (1970) ... Benita Bizarre
 1970 Pufnstuf
Boss Witch
 1970 The Phynx
Foxy
 1966 Clown Alley (TV Movie)
Washerwoman Clown
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Beulah Brothers
- Who Killed the Fat Cat? (1965) ... Beulah Brothers
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo
Lulu
 1954 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Delilah / Herself
- Dateline (1954) ... Delilah / Herself
 1950 Musical Comedy Time (TV Series)
Reno Sweeney
- Anything Goes (1950) ... Reno Sweeney
 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
 1940 The Farmer's Daughter
Patience Bingham
 1939 $1000 a Touchdown
Martha Madison
 1939 Never Say Die
Mickey Hawkins
 1938 Give Me a Sailor
Letty Larkin
 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
Specialty
 1937 Mountain Music
Mary Beamish
 1937 Waikiki Wedding
Myrtle Finch
 1936 College Holiday
Daisy Schloggenheimer
 1936 Hideaway Girl
Helen Flint
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Emma Mazda
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1936-39) Radio: For 39 shows, she was a featured cast member on Al Jolson's weekly CBS radio show, "The Lifebuoy Program." In addition to comedy, she sang both solos and duets with Jolson. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | See more »

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

Few people actually know me or take me seriously. I thought success in show business was the answer to everything. It isn't. I don't know what is. 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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