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The Resource Brass diva : the life and legends of Ethel Merman, Caryl Flinn

Brass diva : the life and legends of Ethel Merman, Caryl Flinn

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Brass diva : the life and legends of Ethel Merman
Title
Brass diva
Title remainder
the life and legends of Ethel Merman
Statement of responsibility
Caryl Flinn
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Broadway star Ethel Merman's voice was a mesmerizing force and her vitality was legendary, yet the popular perception of La Merm as the irrepressible wonder falls far short of all that she was and all that she meant to Americans over so many decades. This marvelously detailed biography is the first to tell the full story of how the stenographer from Queens, New York, became the queen of the Broadway musical in its golden age. Mining official and unofficial sources, including interviews with Merman's family and her personal scrapbooks, Caryl Flinn unearths new details of Merman's life and finds that behind the high-octane personality was a remarkably pragmatic woman who never lost sight of her roots. Brass Diva takes us from Merman's working-class beginnings through the extraordinary career that was launched in 1930 when, playing a secondary role in a Gershwin Brothers' show, she became an overnight sensation singing "I Got Rhythm." From there, we follow Merman's hits on Broadway, her uneven successes in Hollywood, and her afterlife as a beloved camp icon. This definitive work on the phenomenon that was Ethel Merman is also the first to thoroughly explore her robust influence on American popular culture
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Flinn, Caryl
Dewey number
782.14092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • discographies
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Merman, Ethel
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Women singers
  • Singers
Label
Brass diva : the life and legends of Ethel Merman, Caryl Flinn
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2007
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 474-524), discography (p. 437-442), filmography (p. 463-471) and index
Control code
ocn264039481
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 542 p.
Isbn
9780520260221
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)264039481
Label
Brass diva : the life and legends of Ethel Merman, Caryl Flinn
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2007
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 474-524), discography (p. 437-442), filmography (p. 463-471) and index
Control code
ocn264039481
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 542 p.
Isbn
9780520260221
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)264039481

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