Martha Raye (1916–1994)


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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 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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(1962)
Alice in Wonderland The Duchess
(1985)
(1976-1977)
Waikiki Wedding Myrtle Finch
(1937)

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 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Mini Series)
The Duchess
- Part 1 - Alice in Wonderland (1985) ... 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 / Prudence Pennyfeather / Virginia Veep / ...
- Appleby's Garage Sale (1971) ... Clara Appleby
- 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
 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 Artist and 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:

(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 »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | See more »

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)

Spouse:

Mark Harris  (her death) | See more »

Parents:

Peter F. Reed | Maybelle Hooper
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Personal Quote:

I am a Republican because I believe in the constitution, strength in national defense, limited government, individual freedom, and personal responsibility as the concrete foundation for American government. They reinforce the resolve that the United States is the greatest country in the world and we can all be eternally grateful to our founding fathers for the beautiful legacy they left us today. See more »

Trivia:

Martha Raye was granted a Mexican divorce from Capt. Neal Lang on Thursday 3 February 1944 by Judge Javier Rosas Ceballos in the Juarez civil court on grounds of incompatibility. (United Press, "Martha Raye Given Divorce in Mexico", The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Saturday 5 February 1944, Volume 50, page 6.). See more »

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The Big Mouth See more »

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