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  1. I don’t like to read. The only things I read are gossip columns. If someone gives me a book, it had better have lots of pictures.
  2. When I’m asked how to succeed in show business, I always say I haven’t the foggiest.
  3. Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes and four more hits for me.
  4. I’ve never cooked. I can’t do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
  5. My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject. I was running around in a bear skin. Very chic.
  6. I’ll pat myself on the back and admit I have talent. Beyond that, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  7. I wouldn’t trust any man as far as you can throw a piano.
  8. My father taught me to read music and play the piano-but not well, even though people have said that I’m a natural musician.
  9. I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn’t be in films.
  10. Legend has it that when God created me, he gave me a big distinctive voice, a lot of boldness and no heart.
  11. Cole Porter had a worldwide reputation as a sophisticate and hedonist.
  12. I am known to be able to take care of myself when I become angry. I don’t mince words.
  13. I’ve never suffered stage fright. That fascinates people.
  14. There have been people who have tried to take advantage of me. They want to be linked to me just because I’m Ethel Merman.
  15. I work as often as I want and yet I’m free as a bird.
  16. At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
  17. Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I’ve been very good to broadway.
  18. In my case, things have pretty much been handed to me.
  19. My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other, and that’s the way it will always be.
  20. I was lucky enough to have the songs in my first show written by George and Ira Gershwin. Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me.



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