Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman was a star entertainer of the musical stage for many years, beginning in the 1930s. She is known for her powerfully loud voice, whether singing or talking.

Miss Merman appeared in many Broadway shows and movies, as well as guest starring on many tv shows, during her lengthy career. Among her memorable movies are "Kid Millions" (1934), co-starring with Eddie Cantor and Ann Sothern; "Anything Goes" (1936) co-starring with Bing Crosby; and "Call Me Madam" (1953), co-starring with Donald O'Connor.

In 1963, she did a very good comedy turn in Stanley Kramer's "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World". Her character, Mrs. Marcus, was the overbearing mother to Dick Shawn's character.

In 1980, I sent this photo to Miss Merman, to her residence in NYC, and she returned it within two weeks.

Here's a video of La Merman singing "There's No Business Like Show Business".

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