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Ethel Merman

Ethel MermanAKA Ethel Agnes Zimmerman

Born: 16-Jan-1908
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Died: 15-Feb-1984
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Interred, Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, Colorado Springs, CO

Gender: Female
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Singer, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: There's No Business Like Show Business


[1] Barbara Seaman, Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann (1996), pages 246-47: "[Jackie and Ethel] attended a party together at Lynn Loesser's in the Beresford on Central Park West, and both had quite a lot to drink. As Benay Venuta recalls the evening, 'Everybody was very drunk. Jackie and Ethel were very drunk, and they lay down on a couch and they just made out in front of everyone.'" Also see Boze Hadleigh, Broadway Babylon (2007), page 42.

Father: (German, Lutheran)
Mother: (Scottish, Presbyterian)
Husband: Robert Levitt (div. 1952, two children)
Husband: Robert Six (m. 9-Mar-1953, div. 1960)
Husband:
Ernest Borgnine (m. 1964, div. 1964 after 32 days)
Daughter: Ethel, Jr. (d. 1967 overdose)
Slept with: Jacqueline Susann

    Tony for Call Me Madam
    Golden Globe 1954 for Call Me Madam
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7044 Hollywood Blvd.
    Endorsement of Liggett Group Chesterfield cigarettes
    Brain Surgery St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City (Apr-1983)
    German Ancestry Paternal
    Scottish Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Tonsillitis, Smoking

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Airplane! (2-Jul-1980) · Lt. Hurwitz
    Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1-Jul-1979) [VOICE]
    Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (26-May-1976)
    Journey Back to Oz (5-Dec-1974) [VOICE]
    The Art of Love (30-Jun-1965)
    It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (7-Nov-1963) · Mrs. Marcus
    There's No Business Like Show Business (16-Dec-1954) · Molly Donahue
    Call Me Madam (25-Mar-1953)
    Stage Door Canteen (24-Jun-1943) · Herself
    Alexander's Ragtime Band (24-May-1938)
    Happy Landing (23-Jan-1938)
    Anything Goes (24-Jan-1936)
    Strike Me Pink (16-Jan-1936)
    The Big Broadcast of 1936 (20-Sep-1935) · Herself
    Kid Millions (10-Nov-1934)
    We're Not Dressing (26-Apr-1934) · Edith

Author of books:
Merman: An Autobiography (1978, memoir)


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