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.
Any audience that gets a laugh out of me gets it while I'm facing them
There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions
I've made a wonderful living playing that theatrical character - the professional brassy dame
Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.
Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes
I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.
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.
I take a breath when I have to.
I mentioned that I was thinking of getting out of the business after Call Me Madam. I thought maybe I should become a homebody.
Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.
At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
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.
When you are in deep conflict about something, sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.
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
Everything's coming up roses - for me.
You'll never prove you're too good for a job by not doing your best.
Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes and four more hits for me
Cole Porter had a worldwide reputation as a sophisticate and hedonist
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 lucky enough to have the songs in my first show written by George and Ira Gershwin. Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me
The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now
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
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