Martha Raye

Martha Raye

Highest Rated: 97% Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Concorde: Airport '79 (1979)

Birthday: Aug 27, 1916

Birthplace: Butte, Montana, USA

Few entertainers would embrace a nickname like "The Big Mouth," but singer-actress Martha Raye was a very good sport. Of course, what some considered a physical detriment was ultimately a key source of her power as a singer and appeal as a comedienne. She first earned significant attention on Broadway and was soon part of the talent roster at Paramount, where Raye became the go-to girl for loud and obnoxious characters. The majority of her motion picture credits came in rather disposable fare, but there were occasional gems, notably the anarchic comedy classic "Hellzapoppin'" (1941) and Charlie Chaplin's superb dark farce "Monsieur Verdoux" (1947). In later years, Raye worked mostly on the small screen and toplined her own vehicle, "The Martha Raye Show" (NBC, 1954-56). One of her most lasting contributions was as a tireless USO entertainer. Over the course of three wars, Raye travelled extensively and sang for thousands of American soldiers. She also gained a degree of new recognition as the ubiquitous spokeswoman for Polident Denture Cleaner from the 1970s on. Unfortunately, her life out of the spotlight was often troubled and she went through seven marriages and a suicide attempt before enduring some truly sad final years. Whether belting out a standard like "That Old Black Magic" or doing sketch comedy, Raye was a larger than life personality who loved to perform and that energy and enthusiasm made her a favorite with the public for more than five decades.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
14% 14% The Concorde: Airport '79 Loretta (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 74% Pufnstuf Boss Witch (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 27% The Phynx Foxy (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 57% Billy Rose's Jumbo Lulu (Character) - 1962
97% 88% Monsieur Verdoux Annabella Bonheur (Character) $60.6K 1947
33% 57% Pin Up Girl Molly McKay (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 56% Four Jills in a Jeep Herself (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 63% Keep 'Em Flying Gloria Phelps/Barbara Phelps (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 87% Hellzapoppin' Betty Johnson (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Navy Blues Lilibelle Bolton (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boys From Syracuse Luce (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Patience Bingham (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet $1,000 a Touchdown Martha Madison (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 83% Never Say Die Mickey Hawkins (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1938 Martha Bellows (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 56% College Swing Mabel Grady (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tropic Holiday Midge Miller (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 60% Give Me a Sailor Letty Larkin (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 69% Double Or Nothing Liza Lou Lane (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mountain Music Bob Burnside (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hideaway Girl Helen Flint (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 62% Waikiki Wedding Myrtle Finch (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 54% The Big Broadcast of 1937 Patsy (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 0% College Holiday Daisy Schloggenheimer (Character) - 1936

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
33% No Score Yet Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1979-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet McMillan and Wife Agatha (Character) 1976-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1972 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
1971 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1967-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jerry Lewis Show Guest 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Burke's Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judy Garland Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1961 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Unknown (Character) 1954

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