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By Brian Kellow

“Kellow’s chronology is dishy and seamless; he is familiar with the dynamics of the theater international and makes you're feeling the pleasure of an evolving hit and the frustrations inherent in operating with a performer like Merman.”—The ny instances booklet Review
 
“[Kellow] has painted a vibrant portrait of a Broadway diva who shone brighter and sang louder than an individual else.”—The Washington submit BookWorld

More than 20 years after her demise, Ethel Merman maintains to set the normal for American musical theater. The tales in regards to the supremely proficient, famously strong-willed, fearsomely blunt, and terrifyingly exacting girl are stuff of legend. yet who used to be Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, particularly? Brian Kellow’s definitive biography of the good Merman is excellent, and the 1st account to envision either the artist and the lady with as a lot severe rigor as empathy. via dozens of interviews together with her colleagues, buddies, and relations, Kellow (author of Can i'm going Now?: The lifetime of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's First Superagent) traces the arc of her lifestyles and her thirty-year making a song profession to bare many awesome proof approximately Broadway’s largest celebrity.

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Phrases and track through Cole Porter © 1936 (Renewed) Chappell & Co. , Inc. All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “Let’s Do It” (Let’s Fall in Love) (from Paris)—Words and tune via Cole Porter © 1928 (Renewed) WB song Corp. All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “Night and Day”—Words and song by means of Cole Porter © 1932 (Renewed) WB track Corp. All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “The chief of a Big-Time Band” (from anything for the Boys)—Words and tune via Cole Porter © 1943 (Renewed) Chappell & Co. , Inc. All Rights Reserved utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “I Get a Kick Out of You” (from something Goes)—Words and tune by way of Cole Porter © 1934 (Renewed) by means of WB song Corp. All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “It’s De-Lovely”—Words and track via Cole Porter © 1936 via Chappell & Co. Copyright Renewed and Assigned to John F. Wharton, Trustee of the Cole Porter Musical & Literary estate Trusts, Chappell & Co. proprietor of booklet and allied rights during the global All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “Down within the Depths (On the 90th Floor)”—Words and song via Cole Porter © 1936 Chappell & Co. Copyright Renewed, assigned to John F. Wharton, Trustee of the Cole Porter Musical & Literary estate Trusts. booklet and Allied Rights Assigned to Chappell & Co. All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “But within the Morning, No” (from DuBarry was once a Lady)—Words and track by means of Cole Porter © 1939 (Renewed) Chappell & Co. All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “Make It one other quaint, Please” (from Panama Hattie)—Words and tune through Cole Porter © 1940 by means of Chappell & Co. Copyright Renewed and Assigned to John F. Wharton, Trustee of the Cole Porter Musical & Literary estate Trusts, Chappell & Co. proprietor of booklet and allied rights through the global. All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “By the Mississinewah” (from anything for the Boys)—Words and song by way of Cole Porter © 1943 (Renewed) by means of Chappell & Co. All Rights Reserved. utilized by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co. , Inc. “A type of Love Letter to New York,” from the affection Letters of Phyllis McGinley via Phyllis McGinley, copyright 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954 via Phyllis McGinley; renewed © 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 by way of Phyllis Hayden Blake. utilized by permission of Viking Penguin, a department of Penguin staff (USA) Inc. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING IN book information Kellow, Brian. Ethel Merman: a existence / Brian Kellow. p. cm. contains bibliographical references and index. 1. Merman, Ethel. 2. Singers—United States—Biography. three. movie actors and actresses—United States—Biography. I. identify. ML420. M39K45 2007 782. 1'4092—dc22 [B] 2007014646 with out restricting the rights less than copyright reserved above, no a part of this ebook can be reproduced, saved in or brought right into a retrieval approach, or transmitted, in any shape or in any respect (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), with no the past written permission of either the copyright proprietor and the above writer of this e-book.

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