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Ethel Merman
January 16, 1908 - February 15, 1984
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.


Once I had all the attention, all I had to do was deliver.


You gotta have a gimmick.


The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now.


Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced.


My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject. I was running around in a bear skin. Very chic.


I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.


I've never suffered stage fright. That fascinates people.


Music, in the past few years... anything singable or understandable is square.


Everything's coming up roses - for me.


I attend surprisingly few shows. The type of theater that is popular today just doesn't appeal to me.


I Got Rhythm really put me on the map.


There have been people who have tried to take advantage of me. They want to be linked to me just because I'm Ethel Merman.


Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.


I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano.


Legend has it that when God created me, he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart.


I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn't be in films.


I have plenty of invitations to go places, lots to do. If I'm not working, I go to have my hair taken care of and work at needlepoint.


I'll admit - I was honored to be on the cover of Time.


Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don't regret.


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