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Astoria, New York
Place of Death
New York City, New York
Cause of Death
Complications Following Brain Cancer Sugery
Anglican / Episcopalian
Claim to Fame
There`s No Business Like Show Business
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Born in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City, Ethel Merman was surely the pre-eminent star of `Broadway` musical comedy. Though untrained in singing, she could belt out a song like quite no one else, and was sought after by major songwriters such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Having debuted in 1930 in "Girl Crazy, " she is yet remembered for her marvelous starring appearances in so many great musicals that were later adapted to the silver screen. Among the film versions, Merman herself starred in Anything Goes (1936) and Call Me Madam (1953). That wonderfully boisterous blonde, Betty Hutton, had the Merman lead in both Red, Hot and Blue (1949) and Annie Get Your Gun (1950). Besides Hutton, other Merman screen stand-ins included Lucille Ball (in Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)), Ann Sothern (in Panama Hattie (1942)), Vivian Blaine (in Something for the Boys (1944)) and Rosalind Russell (in Gypsy (1962)). (Russell could never render Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne`s "Everything`s Coming Up Roses" the way the immortal Merman did, over and over again.)
Full Name at Birth
Ethel Agnes Zimmermann
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Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her distinctive, powerful voice and leading roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage".
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