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Martha Raye (August 27, 1916 – October 19, 1994) was an American comic actress and standards singer who performed in movies, and later on television. She was honored in 1969 with an Academy Award as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient for her volunteer efforts and...Wikipedia

Age: 78 (age at death)
Born: 27th August, 1916, Butte, Montana, USA
Died: 19th October, 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5' 3" (160 cm)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Monsieur Verdoux

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"I must have been hypnotized by the spotlight. I never realized I was being culturally deprived, that I was having a lousy upbringing. We were too busy making a living to worry about stuff like that."


"My career is my whole life. I`ll always work."


Born backstage at a local vaudeville theatre in Butte, Montana, where her song-and-dance Irish immigrant parents Pete Reed and Mabelle Hooper were performing. Two days after Martha was born, her mother was back doing the act.


Following the demise of her TV variety show, the breakup of her fifth marriage, and a series of other personal problems, she attempted suicide with sleeping pills on August 14, 1956. After her recovery she always wore a St. Christopher`s medal, a St. Genesius medal and a Star of David given to her by wellwishers. At the end of her TV programs she also would say "Good night, Sisters," a reference to The Sisters of St. Francis Hospital in Miami where she recovered.


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