Take It from the Big Mouth: The Life of Martha Raye

Take It from the Big Mouth: The Life of Martha Raye❮EPUB❯ ✶ Take It from the Big Mouth: The Life of Martha Raye Author Jean Maddern Pitrone – Bluevapours.co.uk She was one of the world's four best comediennes said Milton Berle but she lived a life of personal disaster Martha Raye sang danced and joked her way into the spotlight of the entertainment world wit She was one of the from the eBook ↠ world's four best comediennes said Milton Berle but she lived a life of personal disaster Martha Raye sang danced and joked her way into the spotlight of the entertainment world with a career that spanned seven decades and encompassed everything from vaudeville Take It Epub / to television commercials to entertaining US troops Take It from the Big Mouth the first full fledged biography of the multi talented performer explores Raye's life and career with candor and insight Raye got her big break when she caught the attention of a film director as she It from the PDF/EPUB ✓ kidded with audience members Joe E Lewis and Jimmy Durante during an engagement at the Trocadero in Hollywood In the late s Raye appeared in a number of films and the press heralded her as a stridently funny comedienne with a Mammoth Cave mouth From there her career It from the Big Mouth: PDF/EPUB ² soared She landed a role in Charlie Chaplain's film Monsieur Verdoux and the New York Post commented that Raye was the only one who could hold her own with the comic master By the s she hosted her own highly rated television It from the Big Mouth: PDF/EPUB ² show reaching millions with her clowningBehind the huge smile and raucous laugh though there was a darker side to Martha Raye She found solace from her insecurities and a frenzied schedule in the use of drugs and alcohol Her seven rocky marriages the last to a man years her junior whom she had known less than two weeks fueled headlines and gossip columns Particularly painful was her turbulent relationship with her only daughter MelodyeShe was passionately committed to entertaining troops abroad during World War II and she worked tirelessly as both entertainer and nurse in the remote jungles of Vietnam Bob Hope commented that she was Florence Nightingale Dear Abby and the only singer who could be heard over the artillery fire The Green Berets designated her an honorary lieutenant colonel and she later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom After her death in Colonel Maggie became the only civilian laid to rest among the Green Berets at the Fort Bragg military cemetery.

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Take It from the Big Mouth: The Life of Martha Raye ePUB
  • Hardcover
  • 238 pages
  • Take It from the Big Mouth: The Life of Martha Raye
  • Jean Maddern Pitrone
  • English
  • 07 December 2015
  • 9780813121109

10 thoughts on “Take It from the Big Mouth: The Life of Martha Raye

  1. Patrick DiJusto says:

    Never ever everever read the biography of someone you admire Martha Raye was one of the best comedians of the twentieth century And not just a comedian she could dance and she thought of herself as a singer and she was a very accomplished jazz vocalistUnfortunately like many comedians she could often be a rotten human being The book's mostly sympathetic portrait of Raye doesn't hide the fact that when she was not performing and wowing the audience she was crippled by her lack of education and her lack of self esteem and that often caused her to lash out Not a conventional Hollywood beauty Raye was envious of other actresses who got by just on their looks without having 110th of her talentUnfortunately this jealousy extended to her daughter Raye made it clear that putting the girl in a convent boarding school where she would remain over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays both lucrative times of the year for Raye's cabaret act was her form of love her way of providing her daughter with the security she herself lacked as a child Any attempt to come home was treated as an ungrateful rejection by a thankless daughterWhen her daughter graduated from high school a beautiful young woman hoping for a career in showbusiness Raye apparently sabotaged her daughter's chances with the powers that be in Hollywoood and repeatedly told her daughter How dare you upstage meIt was right and proper for the biographer to writer about this side of Raye's behavior but as a fan I didn't need to know any of thisIn a common enough Hollywood ending the last years of Groucho and George jessel come to mind at age 74 Raye married a 42 year old gay man who under the guise of revitalizing Raye's career promoted himself mercilessly He filled Raye's home with his friends dragged the wheelchair bound Raye to party after party placed the final nail in the coffin of Raye's relationship with her daughter and then upon Raye's death at 78 was surprised and delighted to learn that Raye's new will named him the primary beneficiaryPoor woman

  2. Judy Egnew Ness says:

    If you enjoy good biographies you will like this well written story of a multitalented individual Martha Raye's life has often been compared to the life of Judy Garland although Garland became well known from her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz They both had tumultuous childhoods in families struggling to support themselves as vaudeville acts and stage performers There was little in the way of financial security education or food but their biggest hunger was for applause and fame which they came to crave Martha Raye was an exceptional dancer and singer and also became one of the most successful female comediennes in her lifetime She was known for her large mouth and expressive face and she sang and danced her way into the hearts of America She entertained troops during WWII and extensively in Vietnam But her personal life was a roller coaster of loves marriages 5 of them and divorces as well as impulsive behaviors alcohol and drug use and deep insecurity related to her poor reading and math skills Her need for constant approval and attention consumed her She provided joy and laughter to many others but never found lasting happiness in her own life

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