Today marks the 101st anniversary of the birth of Ethel Merman, one of the great Broadway stars of the last century, perhaps the only woman who never had a flop. Alas, that we missed her centennial last year.
As I read this great lady’s biography, I learned with delight that she had her debut (at age five) singing at the Astoria Republican Club. I knew there was a reason I always liked the diva with the iron lungs. It wasn’t just that she reminded me of my great aunts and adoptive grandmother. Ethel appears to have been a Republican.
So this is one diva we gay Republicans love without being embarrassed by her politics.
Indeed, she sang for Ronald Reagan as, I believe, he was about to take office. So, what better way for a gay Republican blog to honor this diva than to provide a clip of her singing for the Gipper.
She was right. He was swell. He was great.
And so was she. Thanks to youtube, you can see this diva with all her class, sass and brass without leaving your home or waiting for the next TCM retrospective of her limited film work.