Find the best quotes by Ethel Merman.
You gotta have a gimmick.
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.
When I’m asked how to succeed in show business, I always say I haven’t the foggiest.
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.
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.
My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other, and that’s the way it will always be.
Music, in the past few years… anything singable or understandable is square.
Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living.
In my case, things have pretty much been handed to me.
Legend has it that when God created me, he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart.
I’ve never suffered stage fright. That fascinates people.
I’ll admit – I was honored to be on the cover of Time.
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…
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…
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.
There’s such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn’t appropriate another’s inventions.
The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now.
My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject. I was running around in a bear skin. Very chic.
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