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Overview for Martha Raye
Martha Raye

Martha Raye


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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 ...


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

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