Also Available in iTunes About Ethel Merman Ethel Merman was the leading American musical theater performer of her generation, creating roles in 13 Broadway musicals between andand continuing to appear in shows occasionally through Her clarion voice and exact enunciation were perfect for an era when a stage performer was required to sing loud enough to be heard at the back of the theater without amplification. That made her a favorite of the leading songwriters of the day, and she introduced some of the most memorable songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. Her Broadway stardom, at a time when the musical theater was a major source for American popular music, nationally afforded her opportunities in other areas of entertainment including personal appearances, records, movies, radio, and television.
Shortly after they married, they joined the Episcopal congregation at Church of the Redeemer, where their daughter was baptized. Her parents were strict about church attendance, and she spent every Sunday there, at morning services, followed by Sunday school, an afternoon prayer meeting, and an evening study group for children.
At home, she tried to emulate their singing styles, but her own distinctive voice was difficult to disguise. At this time, she decided the name Ethel Zimmermann was too long for a theater marquee.
She finally urged Irwin to try to cancel her agreement with Mayo; instead, he negotiated her a better deal allowing her to perform in clubs while remaining on the Warners payroll. Merman was hired as a torch singer at Les Ambassadeurs, where the headliner was Jimmy Duranteand the two became lifelong friends.
She caught the attention of columnists such as Walter Winchell and Mark Hellingerwho began giving her publicity. Soon after, Merman underwent a tonsillectomy she feared might damage her voice, but after recovering, she discovered it was more powerful than ever.
Upon hearing her sing "I Got Rhythm", the Gershwins immediately cast her, and Merman began juggling daytime rehearsals with her matinee and evening performance schedule at the Palace. Following the Atlantic City run, the show played in Newark and then Brooklyn before opening on Broadway, where it ran for performances.
Producer Buddy DeSylvawho also had written the book and lyrics, was certain it could be reworked into a success, and with a revamped script and additional songs by Vincent Youmans it opened with the new title Take a Chance on November 26 at the 42nd Street Apollo Theatre, where it ran for performances.
Barrie play The Admirable Crichton. Despite working with a cast including Bing CrosbyCarole Lombardand Burns and Allenunder the direction of Academy Award —winning director Norman TaurogMerman was unhappy with the experience, and she was dismayed to discover one of her musical numbers had been cut when she attended the New York opening with her family and friends.
She also appeared on screen with Eddie Cantor in Kid Millions alsobut her return to Broadway established her as a major star and cemented her image as a tough girl. It opened on November 21,at the Alvin Theatre,  and the New York Post called Merman "vivacious and ingratiating in her comedy moments, and the embodiment of poise and technical adroitness" when singing "as only she knows how to do.
She was replaced by Benay Venutawith whom she enjoyed a long but frequently tempestuous friendship.
Bing Crosby insisted his wife Dixie Lee be cast as Reno Sweeney opposite his Billy Crocker, but when she unexpectedly dropped out of the project, Merman was cast in the role she had originated on stage. From the beginning, it was clear to Merman the film would not be the enjoyable experience she had hoped it would be.
The focus was shifted to Crosby, leaving her very much in a supporting role. She later said she knew on their wedding night she had made "a dreadful mistake," and two months later she filed for divorce on grounds of desertion. Levitt, promotion director for the New York Journal-American.
The couple eventually had two children and divorced in because of his excessive drinking and erratic behavior. Somerset Maugham short story, but Merman found she was unable to retain the lyrics and resigned 12 days after rehearsals began.February 16, OBITUARY Ethel Merman, Queen of Musicals, Dies at 76 By MURRAY SCHUMACH.
Ethel Merman, the musical-comedy star whose belting voice and brassy style entertained Broadway and movie audiences for 50 years, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment yesterday. Episode Ethel Merman/transcript Ethel Merman. Edit. History Talk (0) Share. Contents. Theme Ethel And all the singing lessons in the world ain't gonna help you if you ain't got it.
Now, let's hear you hit that high note of yours again. She launches into a rendition of "There's No Business Like Show Business". The.
Ethel Merman was a staple on the Broadway stage and in Hollywood musicals during the Golden Age of musicals. She was a favorite with composer Cole Porter. Irving Berlin ‘s There’s No Business Like Show Business became her signature song.
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Helpful. Comment /5(5). Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, January 16, – February 15, ) 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".