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

Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.

    Topics: Funny

Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living.


I was lucky enough to have the songs in my first show written by George and Ira Gershwin. Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me.


I don't like to read. The only things I read are gossip columns. If someone gives me a book, it had better have lots of pictures.


At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.


I've never cooked. I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.


If I feel in need of sleep, I just open a book or turn on the television. Both are better than any sleeping pill.


My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other, and that's the way it will always be.


I take a breath when I have to.


Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes and four more hits for me.


Any audience that gets a laugh out of me gets it while I'm facing them.


I wasn't straining at the bit to become a movie star any more than I had plotted to get out of vaudeville and into Broadway musicals.


I've made a wonderful living playing that theatrical character - the professional brassy dame.


I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes.


Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.


When I'm asked how to succeed in show business, I always say I haven't the foggiest.


I work as often as I want and yet I'm free as a bird.


In my case, things have pretty much been handed to me.


When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.


I have been ambitious to be a somebody from the time I was 5 years old.


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