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.— Ethel Merman
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At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
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.
I've never cooked. I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
Now what kind of an attitude is that, 'These things happen?' They only happen because this whole country is just full of people who, when these things happen, they just say, 'These things happen,' and that's why they happen! We gotta have control of what happens to us.
I can never remember being afraid of an audience.
If the audience could do better, they'd be up here on stage and I'd be out there watching them.
When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.
Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.
Be yourself -- it's the one thing you can do better than anyone else.
I mentioned that I was thinking of getting out of the business after Call Me Madam. I thought maybe I should become a homebody.
I've never suffered stage fright. That fascinates people.
The only things I read are gossip columns.
If I read three pages of a book, I'm out like a light. When I pick up the book again, I've forgotten what I've read and have to start over again. By page three, even if I've just awakened from a nine -hour nap, I fall asleep again. So if anyone gives me a book, it had better have lots of pictures.
My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject.
I was running around in a bear skin. Very chic.
Legend has it that when God created me, he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart.
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.
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?
You'll never prove you're too good for a job by not doing your best.
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.
My father taught me to read music and play the piano-but not well, even though people have said that I'm a natural musician.
The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now.
Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced.
I take a breath when I have to.
Cole Porter had a worldwide reputation as a sophisticate and hedonist.
When I'm asked how to succeed in show business, I always say I haven't the foggiest.
I am known to be able to take care of myself when I become angry. I don't mince words.
As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
Once I had all the attention, all I had to do was deliver.
I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes.
I work as often as I want and yet I'm free as a bird.
Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living.
You gotta have a gimmick.
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.
I attend surprisingly few shows. The type of theater that is popular today just doesn't appeal to me.
I remember Tallulah (Bankhead) telling of going into a public ladies' room and discovering there was no toilet tissue. She looked underneath the booth and said to the lady in the next stall, 'I beg your pardon, do you happen to have any toilet tissue in there?' The lady said no. So Tallulah said, 'Well, then, dahling, do you have two fives for a ten?'
Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don't regret.
I have plenty of invitations to go places, lots to do.
If I'm not working, I go to have my hair taken care of and work at needlepoint.
There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions.
I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano.
I have been ambitious to be a somebody from the time I was 5 years old.
I Got Rhythm really put me on the map.
Everything's coming up roses - for me.
Who's happy these days?
Music, in the past few years... anything singable or understandable is square.
I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.
I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn't be in films.
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.
Any audience that gets a laugh out of me gets it while I'm facing them.