Ruth Etting

  1. Ethel Merman, Follow The Leader, 1929      One Broadway showstopper fcr another… The booming Merman was an eleventh hour substitute for Etting.  I love the final comment from the New York Times critic of the day, Mortdaunt Hall (and  this is 1929, remember): “Adroitly directed by Norman Taurog, who has made the most of both camera and microphone possibilities.”
  2. “Baby” Rose Marie, International House, 1933.   Etting was first booked to  sing. What else?  Portrayed by Doris Day in Love Me Or Leave Me, 1954), Etting made 37 movies, all but three were shorts. Her last feature aqs the delightfully titled Hips, Hips, Hooray!

 Birth year: 1896Death year: 1978Other name: Usual occupation: SingerCasting Calls:  2