Merman-An Autobiography with George Eells is a 320-page hardcover published in 1978 by Simon and Schuster (New York). The dust jacket shows some chips and shelf wear but is intact. Inside, the book is in very good condition.
Ethel Merman, a legend who was long Broadway's undisputed queen of musical comedy, ells about her fascinating life in this fast-moving autobiography packed with surprising anecdotes and brimming with humor. "If you are interested in hearing about me, my career, my ups, my downs and some of my mistakes," she says early on in the book, "I think you'll get it straight from the shoulder because that's the kind of woman I am."
Born Ethel Zimmermann in Astoria, Queens, and once a secretary for a vacuum booster brake firm, she rose to fame in such unforgettable musicals as Girl Crazy, Panama Hattie, Annie Get Your Gun, Call me Madam and Gypsy. She became the favorite singer of the Gershwins and Irving Berlin and Cole Porter; they wrote for her such songs as "I Got Rhythm," "You're the Top" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." "You'd better not write a bad lyric for Merman," said Irving Berlin, "because people will hear it on the second balcony."
Here is her personal view of a great glittering world where she reigned supreme.