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Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I’ve been very good to broadway.
– Ethel Merman
Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most.
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.
Music, in the past few years… anything singable or understandable is square.
Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.
Everything’s coming up roses – for me.
I’ll admit – I was honored to be on the cover of Time.
I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.
Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.
If I feel in need of sleep, I just open a book or turn on the television. Both are better than any sleeping pill.
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.
There’s such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn’t appropriate another’s inventions.
At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
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.
Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don’t regret.
Legend has it that when God created me, he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart.
You gotta have a gimmick.
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.
When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.
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.
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.
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?
I’ve never cooked. I can’t do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced.
As far as dramas are concerned, it’s considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
I wouldn’t change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes.