Ethel Merman Overview:

Legendary actress, Ethel Merman, was born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann on Jan 16, 1908 in Astoria, NY. Merman died at the age of 76 on Feb 15, 1984 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum Cemetery in Colorado Springs, CO.

MINI BIO:

Big, bold, brassy American brunette, a successful singer in her early twenties, with pencilled eyebrows, thin, determined lips, a shock of cotton-wool hair and a voice that would still be travelling when it hit the back of the opera house. Hollywood had as little idea of how to cope with her as it did later with Mary Martin, but it did give her a couple of rampaging musical successes in middle age. Married/divorced Ernest Borgnine (fourth husband) in 1964.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Recording and Motion Pictures. In addition, Merman was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame . Merman was never nominated for an Academy Award.

BlogHub Articles:

Classic Movie Coincidence: , Katy Jurado and Ernest Borgnine

By Annmarie Gatti on Jan 16, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

If we have enough good times together, I’m gonna get down on my knees. I’m gonna beg that girl to marry me. -Ernest Borgnine as Marty Well, here’s something a little different than our usual Classic Movie Coincidences… Both and Katy Jurado share a birthday today,... Read full article


Merman, O'Connor, Ellen, and Sanders stun in... Call Me Madam (1953)

By Michaela on Jun 1, 2016 From Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Call Me Madam is a film I can't believe isn't more well-known. Let me list some of its features: , Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, gorgeous costumes, beautiful dancing, Irving Berlin tunes, and oh yeah, George Sanders singing and making me fall madly in love with him. Aren't you mad this fi... Read full article


, Good to Broadway

By Aurora on Jan 16, 2015 From Once Upon a Screen

Murray Schumach wrote ?s New York Times Obituary and wrote this: ?Beginning in 1930, and for more than a quarter of a century thereafter, no Broadway season seemed really complete unless it had a musical with .? When, among a cast of thousands your absence is felt, then you a... Read full article


: A Showstopping, Ripsnorting Swan Song

By KC on Jul 13, 2010 From Classic Movies

I recently re-watched Airplane (1980), and I was stunned to see in a brief cameo. I couldn't believe that I had forgotten this hilarious moment. I checked out her filmography later, and realized that this was Merman's last movie role. What a great way to go! Singing your most ... Read full article


TV Tuesday: Belts One Out For Vel

By KC on Dec 15, 2009 From Classic Movies

This is the most enthusiastic commercial for dish soap I've ever seen! Ethel "Merm" Merman make Vel sound like an incredibly exciting product. I love the way she says "icky pan".... Read full article


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Ethel Merman Quotes:

Molly Donahue: You start worrying about your kids the day they're born, and you never stop. Even after they bury you, I bet you never stop worrying.


Congressman: Sally, you wouldn't like me to make a little farewell speech tonight?
Sally Adams: That's right. I wouldn't!


Sally Adams: Call Me Madam.
Pemberton Maxwell: Madam...
Sally Adams: When you call me madam, smile.


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Ethel Merman Facts
Her daughter, Ethel Jr. died of an overdose of drugs and alcohol in 1967.

One son, Bobby.

Her final film role was in the Jerry Zucker / Jim Abrahams / David Zucker film, Airplane! (1980). Coincidentally, John Houseman died soon after filming The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), also a ZAZ film, but before its theatrical release.

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