Ethel Merman's Quotes
Biography of Ethel Merman
I take a breath when I have to.Tags: Breath
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.Tags: Enough, Lucky, Show
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.Tags: Become, Movie, Star
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.Tags: Place, Talent, Time
I've made a wonderful living playing that theatrical character - the professional brassy dame.Tags: Character, Living, Wonderful
I've never cooked. I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.Tags: Cup, Kitchen, Tea
Legend has it that when God created me, he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart.Tags: Big, God, Heart
Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living.Tags: Business, Living, Mom
Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced.Tags: Age, Mom, She
Music, in the past few years... anything singable or understandable is square.Tags: Few, Music, Past
My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other, and that's the way it will always be.Tags: Beloved, Mom, Pop
My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject. I was running around in a bear skin. Very chic.Tags: Career, Running, Short
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.Tags: Father, Music, Said
Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don't regret.Tags: Four, Marriages, Regret
The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now.Tags: Show, Talk, Used
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.Tags: Advantage, Linked, Tried
There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions.Tags: Another, Discipline, Player
When I'm asked how to succeed in show business, I always say I haven't the foggiest.Tags: Business, Show, Succeed
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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?Tags: Born, Difference, Parents
Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.Tags: Eyes, Wedding
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.Tags: Afraid, Here, Remember
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.Tags: Give, Time
Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.Tags: Fire, Give, Old
I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes.Tags: Change, Life, Mistakes
If I feel in need of sleep, I just open a book or turn on the television. Both are better than any sleeping pill.Tags: Book, Both, Sleep
When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.Tags: Conflict, Deep, Sometimes
Any audience that gets a laugh out of me gets it while I'm facing them.Tags: Audience, Laugh, While
As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.Tags: Far, Turn, Understand
I am known to be able to take care of myself when I become angry. I don't mince words.Tags: Angry, Care, Words
I attend surprisingly few shows. The type of theater that is popular today just doesn't appeal to me.Tags: Few, Popular, Today
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.Tags: Book, Gossip, Someone
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.Tags: Care, Work, Working
I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn't be in films.Tags: Control, Films, Liked
If nothing is to be done in the given situation, he must invent plausible reasons for doing nothing; and if something must be done, he must suggest the something. The unpardonable sin is to propose nothing, when action is imperative.Tags: Action, Done, Situation