Entertainer Ethel Merman is known for her raucous voice and performance of "There's No Business Like Show Business". Her booming voice and big personality endeared her to the masses and her exuberant zest for performing brought her much success on the stage, screen and television.
Ethel won the Hasty Pudding Theatricals 1966 Woman of the Year award.
When Ethel was starring in Anything Goes, she typed up script changes in the theatre.
Ethel grew up near Famous Players-Lasky's Astoria Studios and watched the stars of the silent movies drive by.
Ethel won a Tony Special Award in 1972.
Ethel's signature song was There's No Business Like Show Business.
Ethel won a Tony Award for her role in Call Me Madam.
Ethel was bisexual.
Ethel's final film role was in Airplane!
Ethel once worked as a secretary for B-K Booster Vacuum Brake Company.
Ethel never had a singing lesson in her life.
Ethel starred in the stage musical Girl Crazy alongside a young Ginger Rogers.
Ethel's idol was the stage star Alice Brady.
Ethel's father was German, her mother was Scottish.
Ethel was born in her maternal grandmother's house.
Ethel kept her Christmas tree up all year round because she was so fond of the season.
Ethel had a son named Bobby.
Her daughter, also named Ethel, died of an overdose of drugs and alcohol in 1967.
Ethel was married 4 times.
Ethel: Some things in life aren't even worth regretting. You're better off passing them like a freight train passes a hobo.
Ethel: I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano.
Ethel: I love typing a letter. It just seems to flow. The only thing is that I'm afraid of breaking my fingernails.
Ethel: 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.
Ethel: I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank
Ethel: I can never remember being afraid of an audience. If the audience could do better, they'd be up here on stage and I'd be out there watching them.
Ethel: Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to Broadway.
Ethel: You'll never prove you're too good for a job by not doing your best.
Ethel: Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.
Ethel: At one time I smoked, but in 1959 I couldn't think of anything else to give up for Lent so I stopped-and I haven't had a cigarette since.
Ethel: You may think I'm playing the part, but inside I'm saying 'Screw you! You jerks! If you were as good as I am, you'd be up here.