Quotations by Ethel Merman

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Born: Thursday, January 16, 1908
Died: Wednesday, February 15, 1984 (76 years old)
Profession: Musician
Nationality: American


Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Fire, Old)

Any audience that gets a laugh out of me gets it while I'm facing them.
- Ethel Merman

As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
- Ethel Merman

At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: 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.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Time, Lent)

Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
- Ethel Merman

Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Christmas, Eyes, Tears, Weddings)

Cole Porter had a worldwide reputation as a sophisticate and hedonist.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Reputation)

Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes and four more hits for me.
- Ethel Merman

Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: War, President, Respect)

Everything's coming up roses - for me.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Roses)

I am known to be able to take care of myself when I become angry. I don't mince words.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Care, Words)

I attend surprisingly few shows. The type of theater that is popular today just doesn't appeal to me.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Popular, Theater, Today)

I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.
- Ethel Merman

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.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Being)

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.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Gossip)

I Got Rhythm really put me on the map.
- Ethel Merman

I have been ambitious to be a somebody from the time I was 5 years old.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Time, Old, Years)

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.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Work, Care, Hair)

I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn't be in films.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Control, Performance)

I take a breath when I have to.
- Ethel Merman

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?
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Difference, Parents, World)

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.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: First, Songs)

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.
- Ethel Merman

I work as often as I want and yet I'm free as a bird.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Work, Want)

I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Change, Life, Mistakes)

I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Trust, Man)

I'll admit - I was honored to be on the cover of Time.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: 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.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Time, Talent, Right)

I've made a wonderful living playing that theatrical character - the professional brassy dame.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Character, Living)

I've never cooked. I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Kitchen, Tea)

I've never suffered stage fright. That fascinates people.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: People)

If I feel in need of sleep, I just open a book or turn on the television. Both are better than any sleeping pill.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Open, Sleep, Television)

In my case, things have pretty much been handed to me.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Pretty)

Legend has it that when God created me, he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: God, Heart, Boldness, Voice)

Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Business, Mom, Living, Popularity)

Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Mom, Age, Years)

Music, in the past few years... anything singable or understandable is square.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Music, Past, Years)

My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other, and that's the way it will always be.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Mom, Will)

My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject. I was running around in a bear skin. Very chic.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Brothers, Career, Running, Skin)

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.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Music, Father, People, Play)

Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don't regret.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Regret)

Once I had all the attention, all I had to do was deliver.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Attention)

The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Now, Talk)

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.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: People, Want)

There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Discipline, Inventions, Theater)

When I'm asked how to succeed in show business, I always say I haven't the foggiest.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Business, Succeed)

When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.
- Ethel Merman
(Keywords: Conflict, Deep)

Who's happy these days?
- Ethel Merman

You gotta have a gimmick.
- Ethel Merman







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