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Martha Raye

Martha Raye

  • Navy Blues (1941) November 18 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died: October 19, 1994
Born: August 27, 1916 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Butte, Montana, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1916:
Entered parents' vaudeville act at age three
1919:
Toured extensively in vaudeville as Bud and Margie with the Benny Davis Revue, the Ben Blue Company and the Will Morrissey Company
1931:
Worked as band singer and comedienne with Paul Ash's Orchestra at age 15 (date approximate)
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Joined Boris Morros's Orchestra as a band vocalist with whom she played the Paramount Theatre on Broadway
1934:
Made NY debut at Loew's State Theater
1934:
Made Broadway debut in the revue Lew Brown's "Calling All Stars"
1934:
Made film debut in short subjects
1935:
Appeared on Broadway in "Earl Carroll's Sketch Book"
1935:
Was discovered by Paramount while working as a nightclub singer in Hollywood
1936:
Feature film debut opposite Bing Crosby in "Rhythm on the Range"
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Toured with the USO during WWII
1947:
Played most acclaimed film role in Charles Chaplin's black comedy, "Monsieur Verdoux"
1948:
Made London debut in variety show at the Palladium
1950:
TV debut in "Anything Goes" on "Musical Comedy Theater
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Was alternating host on TV series, "All Star Revue"
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Starred on "The Martha Raye Show"
1967:
Took over the title role of Dolly Gallagher Levi from Ginger Rogers in the long-running Broadway musical, "Hello, Dolly!"
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Toured annually in Vietnam until the American withdrawal in 1974
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Played the housekeeper in the NBC TV series, "McMillan", starring Rock Hudson
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Was featured as Carrie Sharples on CBS sitcom "Alice"
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Became TV spokeswoman for Polident denture products in the 1980s
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Began to suffer a series of strokes in the late 1980s

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