Who is Ethel Merman?

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Ms. Merman was known for her powerful voice and wide variety of works. Ethel Merman was a mezzo-soprano and never took voice lessons as a child. George Gershwin told her never to take voice lessons. choose to write about Ms. Merman because of her portrayal in the musical Gypsy as Rose. She was born on January 16, 1908 in Astoria, Queens. Ms. Merman was originally born as Ethel Anges Zimmermann. Her father was Edward Zimmermann and was an accountant while her mother, Anges, was a school teacher. Ms. Merman attended William Cullen Bryant High School and was in the student council and speakers club. She graduated from High school in 1924 and became a stenographer for the Boyce-Ite Company. She moved to work at the Bragg-Kliesrath Corporation and eventually became the personal secretary. During this time she started singing at night clubs and decided to abbreviate her name to Merman. Ms. Merman did not start out with musicals, but started in started in film and nightclubs. Her first musical was Crazy Girl which opened on October 14, 1930. Crazy Girl ran for 272 performances at the Alvin Theatre. Her next show was called Humpty Dumpty and was not a success. After major reworking, it reopened under the name Take a Chance. It ran for 243 performances at the Apollo Theatre. Her next performance was in We’re Not Dressing followed by Anything Goes. Anything Goes opened on November 21, 1934 at the…
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