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Ethel Merman

1908 - 1984

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Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann; January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known for her distinctive, powerful voice, and her leading roles in musical theater, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." She performed on Broadway in Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, and Hello, Dolly! She is also known for her film roles in Anything Goes (1936), Call Me Madam (1953), There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ethel Merman has received more than 3,409,661 page views. Her biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Ethel Merman is the 3,272nd most popular actor (down from 3,216th in 2019), the 5,077th most popular biography from United States (up from 5,125th in 2019) and the 1,546th most popular American Actor.

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  • 44

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  • 1.69

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  • 5.61

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Among actors, Ethel Merman ranks 3,272 out of 9,996Before her are Freddie Bartholomew, Caroline Goodall, Brie Larson, William Smith, Marga López, and Lupita Tovar. After her are John Shrapnel, Burt Ward, Brian Thompson, Titus Welliver, Luke Wilson, and Amanda Peet.

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Among people born in 1908, Ethel Merman ranks 203Before her are Lars-Erik Larsson, Kristjan Palusalu, Ahmad Shukeiri, Louis Jordan, Marina Semyonova, and Kočo Racin. After her are Ștefan Barbu, Hugo Distler, Agustín Sauto Arana, Marcel Langiller, Aleksander Ford, and Simonne Mathieu. Among people deceased in 1984, Ethel Merman ranks 137Before her are Campanal I, Matías González, Helge Løvland, Sam Jaffe, Kenneth Arnold, and Flora Robson. After her are Marcel Moyse, Gino Bianco, Peter Walker, Roberto Porta, Ralph Kirkpatrick, and Janaki Ammal.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ethel Merman ranks 5,077 out of 18,182Before her are James Thurber (1894), Jim Walton (1948), Saul Alinsky (1909), Bob Gale (1951), Maxwell Anderson (1888), and Richard M. Karp (1935). After her are Burt Ward (1945), Brian Thompson (1959), Titus Welliver (1962), Luke Wilson (1971), Amanda Peet (1972), and Billy Burke (1966).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Ethel Merman ranks 1,546Before her are Jon Hamm (1971), Dorothy Gish (1898), William Hickey (1927), Ruby Dee (1922), Brie Larson (1989), and William Smith (1933). After her are Burt Ward (1945), Brian Thompson (1959), Titus Welliver (1962), Luke Wilson (1971), Amanda Peet (1972), and Billy Burke (1966).

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