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Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman
from the trailer for Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
Personal information
Birth nameEthel Agnes Zimmermann
Birth dateJanuary 16, 1908
Place of birthAstoria, Queens, New York, U.S.
Date of deathFebruary 15, 1984(age 76)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1930 1982
SpouseWilliam Smith (1940 1941)
Robert Levitt (1941 1952)
Robert Six (1953 1960)
Ernest Borgnine (1964; 32 days)

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Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her powerful voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Some People", "Rose's Turn", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "It's De-Lovely", "Friendship", "You're the Top", "Anything Goes", and "There's No Business Like Show Business", which later became her theme song.

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