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Ethel Merman

  • [On Mary Martin:] She's okay if you like talent.

    • Ethel Merman,
    • in Theatre Arts ()
  • [They say I] can hold a note as long as the Chase Manhattan Bank.

    • Ethel Merman,
    • in The Theatre Magazine Yearbook ()
  • When I do a show, the whole show revolves around me, and if I don't show up, they can just forget it.

    • Ethel Merman,
    • 1955. in James Moore, People and Ideas ()
  • 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.

    • Ethel Merman,
    • in Doug McClelland, Star Speak ()
  • [To Lauren Bacall:] Nervous? Why are you nervous? If they could do what you do, they'd be onstage and you out front.

    • Ethel Merman,
    • in Lauren Bacall, Now ()
  • Be yourself — it's the one thing you can do better than anyone else.

    • Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman, U.S. actor, singer

(1908 - 1984)

Full name: Ethel Agnes Zimmerman Merman.