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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 ...


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

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