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Ethel Merman was [also] known for her salty language, never delivered in a whisper. Once while rehearsing for an appearance on the Loretta Young television show, she was told it would cost her a dollar each time she swore since Young disapproved of foul language. As she was fighting to get into an ill-fitting gown, Merman shouted: “Oh shit, this damn thing’s too tight.” Young held out her curse box and said, “Come on Ethel, put a dollar in. You know my rules.” Merman is said to have replied: “Ah, honey, how much will it cost me to tell you to go fuck yourself?”
Source: January 16, 1908: Next Day on Your Dressing Room They Hung a Star | Wretched Richard’s Almanac
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She had the most wonderful energy! Thanks so much for this post, Sarah. Wishing you a superb Saturday. Hugs.
And you! 🙂
She was fabulous…loud, brassy but she was herself.
Loud is an understatement!