Ethel Merman facts for kids
Ethel Agnes Zimmermann
January 16, 1908
|Died||February 15, 1984
|Spouse(s)||William Smith (1940–1941)
Robert Levitt, Sr. (1941–1952)
Robert Six (1953–1960)
Ernest Borgnine (1964; 32 days)
|Children||Ethel Levitt and Robert Levitt, Jr.|
Ethel Merman was an American actress and singer. She was known for her powerful voice and roles in musical theatre. She was the first to sing many famous Broadway songs. "There's No Business Like Show Business" became her theme song.
One of Merman's best remembered performances was as the stage mother in Gypsy. Merman was nominated for a Tony Award. She lost to her close friend Mary Martin in The Sound of Music. Rosalind Russell was given the role in the movie. Merman said it was "The greatest professional disappointment of my life.".
Merman was married and divorced four times:
- William Smith, theatrical agent (1940–1941)
- Robert Levitt, a newspaper executive (1941–1952)
- Robert Six, President, Continental Airlines (1953–1960)
- Ernest Borgnine, the actor, in 1964. Merman filed for divorce 32 days later.
Merman had two children with Levitt: Ethel (born July 20, 1942), and Robert, Jr. (born August 11, 1945). Ethel Levitt died on August 23, 1967, of an accidental drug overdose. Merman's son was married to actress Barbara Colby.
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Ethel Merman with Tyrone Power in the trailer for Alexander's Ragtime Band
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