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      Martha Raye

      Martha Raye

      Highest Rated: 97% Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

      Lowest Rated: 25% 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.

      Highest rated movies

      97% Monsieur Verdoux
      60% The Big Broadcast of 1937
      33% Pin Up Girl
      25% The Concorde: Airport '79

      Photos

      MONSIEUR VERDOUX, Martha Raye, Charlie Chaplin, 1947 THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1937, Gracie Allen, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, 1936 COLLEGE SWING, Martha Raye, Bob Hope, 1938 WAIKIKI WEDDING, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Bing Crosby, 1937 GIVE ME A SAILOR, Martha Raye, 1938 COLLEGE SWING, Martha Raye, Bob Hope, 1938 WAIKIKI WEDDING, Martha Raye, Bob Burns, 1937 COLLEGE SWING, Martha Raye, Ben Blue, 1938 THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938, Dorothy Lamour, Martha Raye, W.C. Fields, Shirley Ross, 1938 WAIKIKI WEDDING, Martha Raye, 1937 NEVER SAY DIE, Martha Raye, Bob Hope, 1939 NEVER SAY DIE, Martha Raye, 1939 THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1937, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, 1936 HELLZAPOPPIN', Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, (top), Martha Raye, 1941 NEVER SAY DIE, Martha Raye, Bob Hope, 1939 NEVER SAY DIE, Martha Raye, Bob Hope, 1939 $1000 A TOUCHDOWN, from left: Joe E. Brown, Martha Raye, 1939 RHYTHM ON THE RANGE, Martha Raye, Bob Burns, 1936 MOUNTAIN MUSIC, Martha Raye, 1937 MOUNTAIN MUSIC, from left: Bob Burns, Martha Raye, 1937

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      25% 13% The Concorde: Airport '79 Loretta (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 23% The Phynx Foxy (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 73% Pufnstuf Boss Witch (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 56% Billy Rose's Jumbo Lulu (Character) - 1962
      97% 88% Monsieur Verdoux Annabella Bonheur (Character) $60.6K 1947
      No Score Yet 50% Four Jills in a Jeep Self - 1944
      33% 56% Pin Up Girl Molly McKay (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 59% Keep 'Em Flying Gloria Phelps/Barbara Phelps (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 85% 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 91% Never Say Die Mickey Hawkins (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet $1,000 a Touchdown Martha Madison (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 67% The Big Broadcast of 1938 Martha Bellows (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 52% College Swing Mabel Grady (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 60% Give Me a Sailor Letty Larkin (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tropic Holiday Midge Miller (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 71% Double Or Nothing Liza Lou Lane (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 65% Waikiki Wedding Myrtle Finch (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
      60% 52% The Big Broadcast of 1937 Patsy (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 0% College Holiday Daisy Schloggenheimer (Character) - 1936

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Sadie Winthrope (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet 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 1955 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1967-1968 1971
      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 1958-1959 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Unknown (Character) 1954