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“[On Mary Martin:] She's okay if you like talent.”
“[They say I] can hold a note as long as the Chase Manhattan Bank.”
“When I do a show, the whole show revolves around me, and if I don't show up, they can just forget it.”
“Stage fright, me? Never! I figure if those people out there in the audience could do what I do, they'd be up there on the stage instead of me.”
“[To Lauren Bacall:] Nervous? Why are you nervous? If they could do what you do, they'd be onstage and you out front.”
“Be yourself — it's the one thing you can do better than anyone else.”
Ethel Merman, U.S. actor, singer
(1908 - 1984)
Full name: Ethel Agnes Zimmerman Merman.