Ethel Merman

  • Birth Name: Ethel Agnes Zimmermann
  • Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
  • Died: February 15, 1984
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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  • Began singing as a child; entertained at military camps during World War I.
  • Worked as a stenographer before achieving stardom in the 1930 Broadway hit Girl Crazy, giving a show-stopping performance of "I Got Rhythm."
  • Her favorite and best-known role was in Gypsy, which ran for more than 700 performances starting in 1959.
  • In her 1978 memoir, Merman, the chapter devoted to her 32-day marriage to Ernest Borgnine consists of one blank page.
  • Her final film appearance was a cameo in the 1980 comedy Airplane!
  • The auditorium of her high school is named in her honor.


  • 1954, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1959, Grammy — Best Broadway Show Album: Winner
  • 1954, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1960, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1951, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1972, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1957, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee


  • Edward Zimmermann — Father
  • Robert Levitt — Ex-husband
  • Ernest Borgnine — Ex-husband
  • William B. Smith — Ex-husband
  • Agnes Zimmermann — Mother
  • Robert Six — Ex-husband
  • Ethel Levitt — Daughter
  • Robert Levitt Jr. — Son

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