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Ethel Merman

Ethel Zimmerman

Singer, Actress, Radio Hostess

(1908 - 1984)

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Ethel Merman was larger than life: she could sing louder, hold a note longer, and project her voice farther than anyone else. She was the epitome of Broadway. Born in Queens, New York, she brought her outspoken, down-to-earth personality along with her powerful pipes to the stage.

Her practical family sent her to secretarial school, so she worked as a stenographer by day and pursued a singing career at night. In 1930 she was offered her first Broadway role in Girl Crazy, and she stole the show from star Ginger Rogers with her show-stopping “I Got Rhythm.” After two stage shows and two films she returned to Broadway for a string of memorable starring roles: Anything Goes (1936), DuBarry Was a Lady (1939), Panama Hattie (1940), Something for the Boys (1943), and Annie Get Your Gun (1946), which ran for 1,147 performances and gave Merman her signature song, ”There’s No Business Like Show Business.” She followed that up with Call Me Madam (1950) and Gypsy (1959). In between stage shows she continued to star and appear in films including Call Me Madam (1953), There’s No Business Like Show Business (1953) and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).

Merman continued to perform on stage and TV late into her career and joined the cast of Hello Dolly! for a three-month run in 1970 which lasted for nine. She published her autobiography in1978 and parodied herself in the film Airplane! (1980). She was a trooper to the end.

- Sandra Burlingame

Merman Sings Merman/Ethel's Ridin' High

Ethel Merman

You're Sensational - Cole Porter in the '20s, '40s, and '50s, Vol. 2 - Kiss Me Kate (1940-1948)

Cole Porter, Ethel Merman, Fred Astaire

There's No Business Like Show Business: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Irving Berlin, Donald O'Connor, Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor

Ethel Merman Disco Album

Ethel Merman

The Ethel Merman Collection

Ethel Merman
Reading and Viewing

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Ethel Merman, George Eells

Merman: An Autobiography

Berkeley Publising Group

Bob Thomas

I Got Rhythm: The Ethel Merman Story

Putnam Publishing Group

George B. Bryan

Ethel Merman: A Bio-Bibliography

Greenwood Press

Ethel Merman

Don't call me madam

W.H. Allen

Geoffrey Mark

Ethel Merman: The Biggest Star on Broadway

Barricade Legends / Barricade Books Inc.

Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Walter Woolf King

Call Me Madam (1953)


Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Ethel Merman

There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)


All-star cast including Ethel Merman

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)


Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Ethel Merman

Airplane! (1980)


Henry Ford II, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Rudy Vallee, Eddie Fisher, Leland Hayward, Oscar Hammerstein II, Marian Anderson, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Wally Cox, Edward R. Murrow, Lowell Thomas

Mary Martin and Ethel Merman - Their Legendary Appearance on the Ford 50th Anniversary Show

Video Artists Int'l


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