I've never cooked. I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
At one time I smoked, but in 1959 I couldn't think of anything else to give up for Lent so I stopped-and I haven't had a cigarette since.
I work as often as I want and yet I'm free as a bird.
There have been people who have tried to take advantage of me. They want to be linked to me just because I'm Ethel Merman.
Once I had all the attention, all I had to do was deliver.
You gotta have a gimmick.
I am known to be able to take care of myself when I become angry. I don't mince words.
I wouldn't change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes.
Cole Porter had a worldwide reputation as a sophisticate and hedonist.
At a flea market I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
I've never suffered stage fright. That fascinates people.
I was lucky enough to have the songs in my first show written by George and Ira Gershwin. Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me.
Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
Everything's coming up roses - for me.
I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank.
There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions.
Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced.
I preferred delivering my performance in person. I liked to be in control. You couldn't be in films.
I Got Rhythm really put me on the map.
If I feel in need of sleep, I just open a book or turn on the television. Both are better than any sleeping pill.
The slapdash way producers used to assemble a show seems a little unbelievable when we talk about them now.