Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman, Ethel actually Zimmermann ( born January 16, 1908 in Astoria, Queens, New York City; † 15 February 1984 in New York City ) was an American actress and singer.


As a child, Ethel Merman began to sing. During World War II, she first appeared on entertainment programs in barracks. After high school she trained as a secretary, sang in her spare time, however, in nightclubs and vaudeville shows. This led them to Broadway.

Merman was one of the great stars of Broadway. In 1930 she made ​​her debut there in the musical Girl Crazy. Numerous musical comedies (Musical Comedy ) were they to blockbusters, from which one filmed several. Equipped with a large vocal range, she was a predecessor of later stars like Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. The composer Irving Berlin and Cole Porter wrote many songs especially for them.

After they had reached the age of 60, Merman appeared - after over 30 years on Broadway - only rarely. From then on she was seen mainly at galas or television shows. In the 1970s, she recorded a studio version of Annie Get Your Gun. A lot of attention, but received poor reviews Merman for her attempt to conquer the disco scene. Ethel Merman Disco Album The My flopped in 1979 your last major appearance was in 1982 with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

For her film career in 1954 Merman received a Golden Globe Award for the film Madame makes history ( n ).


Merman was married three times and has two children who are from her first marriage. Your last marriage in 1964 to actor Ernest Borgnine, stopped only 32 days. In addition, they had a passionate affair with the writer Jacqueline Susann.

Two years after her Carnegie Hall concert, she died of a brain tumor.

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