"The Undisputed First Lady of The Musical Comedy Stage"
Years lived before 1921: Thirteen
Years lived after 1921: Sixty-three
If I was struggling for a Z in this years A to Z challenge I may have been able to get away with Merman as she was born Ethel Zimmerman and removed the "zim" from it when she went into show business. Merman who studied to be a stenographer found that for her , there was no business like show business, which became her signature tune. Merman is best known for her Broadway performances in Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy and Hello Dolly.
Sharpshooting star Of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
Years lived before 1921: Sixty-one
Years lived after 1921: Five
"There's no Business like Showbusiness" Merman's signature song was from "Annie Get Your Gun" which is a musical about the life of Annie Oakley. Born Phoebe Ann Mosley in 1860 the 6 of 9 children to a Quaker family in rural Ohio. She learned to hunt and trap at an early age out of necessity due to their family's poverty. Annie was a skilled shooter and was known locally for her expertise with a gun. She met her future Frank Butler husband, a travelling sharpshooter when she was beat him in a shooting match. He began courting her after his defeat and they were married in 1882 and joined Buffalo Bills Wild West Show in 1885.
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Ethel Merman 28 years of "There's No Business Like Show Business" at Dave Out Loud. A rousing video splicing multiple performances of Merman's signature song including an appearance on The Muppet Show.
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