Ethel Merman was born January 16, 1908 – died February 15, 1984.  Merman was a Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winning American star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice, often hailed by critics as “The Grande Dame of the Broadway stage”. Merman was known for her powerful, belting mezzo-soprano – alto voice, precise enunciation, and pitch. Because stage singers performed without microphones when she began singing professionally, she had great advantages in show business, despite the fact that she never received any singing lessons. In fact, Broadway lore holds that George Gershwin warned her never to take a singing lesson after seeing her opening reviews for Girl Crazy. Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics for Merman’s Gypsy, remembered that she could become “mechanical” after a while. “She performed the dickens out of the show when the critics were there,” he said. He added, “or if she thought there was a celebrity in the audience. So we used to spread a rumor that Frank Sinatra was out front. That whoever, Judy Garland was out front. I’ll tell you one thing (Merman) did do, she steadily upstaged everybody. Every night, she would be about one more foot upstage, so finally they were all playing with their backs to the audience. I don’t think it was conscious. Ethel was not big on brains. But she sure knew her way around a stage, and it was all instinctive.”
Original Ethel Merman Autograph, signed on a Page from a Playbill. Top right corner is torn as well as a tear on the left side of playbill page. Approx. Size 6 1/2 x 9 inches. Regular Price – $ 295.00 / Sale Price – $ 225.00.

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