Ethel Merman

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Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.
Any audience that gets a laugh out of me gets it while I'm facing them.
As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
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. Time
Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Cole Porter had a worldwide reputation as a sophisticate and hedonist.
Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes and four more hits for me.
Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most. Respect ;War & Peace
Everything's coming up roses - for me.
I am known to be able to take care of myself when I become angry. I don't mince words.
I attend surprisingly few shows. The type of theater that is popular today just doesn't appeal to me.
I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.
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.
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.
I Got Rhythm really put me on the map.
I have been ambitious to be a somebody from the time I was 5 years old. Time
I have plenty of invitations to go places, lots to do. If I'm not working, I go to have my hair taken care of and work at needlepoint. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn't be in films.
I take a breath when I have to.
I was born in my parents' bedroom on January 16. The World Almanac says it was 1909. I say it was 1912. But what difference does it make as long as I feel 33?
I was lucky enough to have the songs in my first show written by George and Ira Gershwin. Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me.
I wasn't straining at the bit to become a movie star any more than I had plotted to get out of vaudeville and into Broadway musicals.
I work as often as I want and yet I'm free as a bird. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes. Life
I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano. Trust
If I feel in need of sleep, I just open a book or turn on the television. Both are better than any sleeping pill.
I'll admit - I was honored to be on the cover of Time. Time
I'll pat myself on the back and admit I have talent. Beyond that, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Time
In my case, things have pretty much been handed to me.
I've made a wonderful living playing that theatrical character - the professional brassy dame.
I've never cooked. I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
I've never suffered stage fright. That fascinates people.
Legend has it that when God created me, he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart. Religion & God
Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living. Business, Commerce & Finance
Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced.
Music, in the past few years... anything singable or understandable is square. Music, Chants & Rapps
My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other, and that's the way it will always be.
My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject. I was running around in a bear skin. Very chic.
My father taught me to read music and play the piano-but not well, even though people have said that I'm a natural musician. Music, Chants & Rapps
Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don't regret.
Once I had all the attention, all I had to do was deliver.
The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now.
There have been people who have tried to take advantage of me. They want to be linked to me just because I'm Ethel Merman.
There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions.
When I'm asked how to succeed in show business, I always say I haven't the foggiest. Business, Commerce & Finance
When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.
Who's happy these days?
You gotta have a gimmick.

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