Broadway debut in Gershwin's "Girl Crazy"; introduced "I Got Rhythm" and other songs
Starred on Broadway in "Panama Hattie"
Worked as stenographer upon high school graduation
Appeared as Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" on Broadway
Broadway appearance in "Call Me Madam"
Signed to 9 year contract by agent Lon Irwin (date approximate)
First film in 10 years, "Call Me Madam"
First full-length feature appearance, "We're Not Dressing" opposite Bing Crosby
Obtained letter of introduction to producer George White from her employer; White subsequently offered Merman a chorus role which she declined (date approximate)
Radio series debut with the weekly "The Ethel Merman Show"
Signed 6 month contract with Warner Bros.; made film debut in short subject in nonspeaking role (date approximate)
Adopted surname of Merman
Appeared in film version of "Anything Goes"
Appeared in George White's "Scandals" and introduced song, "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries"
Final stage appearance "Hello, Dolly!"; the play had been originally created with her in mind but she turned down the role; finally played Dolly on Broadway after Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable and Phyllis Diller had played it
Last film role, a cameo in "Airplane!"
Played Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin's "Annie, Get Your Gun"
Signature role of Mama Rose in stage version of "Gypsy"