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Ethel Merman: A Life

Ethel Merman
 

ALSO BY BRIAN KELLOW
 

The Bennetts: An Acting Family

Can’t Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell

 
 

 
Ethel Merman
 

A LIFE

 
Brian Kellow
 

VIKING

 

VIKING
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Copyright © Brian Kellow, 2007
ISBN: 1-4295-7846-7
All rights reserved

The following photos in the insert are reprinted with permission from the Billy Rose Theatre Division, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Astor, Lenox, and Tilden foundations: p. 1
center
and
bottom
, p. 16
bottom
; the Museum of the City of New York: p. 12
top
; The Barbara Geary Collection: p. 14
top right
and
left.
All other photos are reprinted with permission from Photofest.

 

 

The lyrics from “Love Look in My Window” are reprinted thanks to kind permission from Jerry Herman.

“Rose’s Turn” from
Gypsy
—Words by Stephen Sondheim, Music by Jule Styne; ©1959 by Stratford Music Corporation and Williamson Music, Inc. Copyright Renewed. All Rights Administered by Chappell & Co. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.

“Ridin’ High”—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1936 (Renewed) Chappell & Co. Assigned to John Wharton, Trustee of the Cole Porter Musical & Literary Property Trusts, Chappel & Co., owner of publication and allied rights throughout the world. International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“Ours” (from
Red, Hot and Blue!
)—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1936 (Renewed) Chappell & Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“Let’s Do It” (Let’s Fall in Love) (from
Paris
)—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1928 (Renewed) WB Music Corp. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“Night and Day”—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1932 (Renewed) WB Music Corp. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“The Leader of a Big-Time Band” (from
Something for the Boys
)—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1943 (Renewed) Chappell & Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“I Get a Kick Out of You” (from
Anything Goes
)—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1934 (Renewed) by WB Music Corp. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“It’s De-Lovely”—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1936 by Chappell & Co. Copyright Renewed and Assigned to John F. Wharton, Trustee of the Cole Porter Musical & Literary Property Trusts, Chappell & Co. owner of publication and allied rights throughout the world All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“Down in the Depths (On the Ninetieth Floor)”—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1936 Chappell & Co. Copyright Renewed, assigned to John F. Wharton, Trustee of the Cole Porter Musical & Literary Property Trusts. Publication and Allied Rights Assigned to Chappell & Co. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“But in the Morning, No” (from
DuBarry Was a Lady
)—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1939 (Renewed) Chappell & Co. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“Make It Another Old Fashioned, Please” (from
Panama Hattie
)—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1940 by Chappell & Co. Copyright Renewed and Assigned to John F. Wharton, Trustee of the Cole Porter Musical & Literary Property Trusts, Chappell & Co. owner of publication and allied rights throughout the world. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“By the Mississinewah” (from
Something for the Boys
)—Words and Music by Cole Porter © 1943 (Renewed) by Chappell & Co. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

“A Kind of Love Letter to New York,” from
The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley
by Phyllis McGinley, copyright 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954 by Phyllis McGinley; renewed © 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 by Phyllis Hayden Blake. Used by permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

 

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING IN PUBLICATION DATA
Kellow, Brian.
Ethel Merman: a life / Brian Kellow.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Merman, Ethel. 2. Singers—United States—Biography. 3. Motion picture
actors and actresses—United States—Biography. I. Title.
ML420.M39K45 2007
782.1'4092—dc22
[B]    2007014646

 

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For Scott Barnes

I could spend a lifetime thanking him for his support
throughout the writing of this book—and I may.
No writer ever had a more insightful reader,
a more faithful champion, or a more loving spouse.

 

Too new for an empire, too big for its boots,

With cold steel cables where it might have roots,

With everything to offer and nothing to give,

It’s a horrid place to visit but a fine place to live;

—Phyllis McGinley,
“A Kind of Love Letter to New York”

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