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Margaret Teresa Yvonne Reed (Raye, Martha)

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Born: 1916 AD
Died: 1994 AD, at 78 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Entertainers

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1916 - Margaret Teresa Yvonne Reed, born in Butte, Montana on the 27th of August. She began as a singer and comedy performer early in her life. She was born backstage at a local vaudeville theatre in Butte, Montana where her Irish immigrant parents, Peter Reed and Maybelle Hooper, were performing as "Reed and Hooper".

1938 - She appears in the picture "The Big Broadcast" where Bob Hope first sings what became his theme song, "Thanks for the Memories;" however, it is not sung to her, but rather to the female leading actress that she supports.

1954 - 1956 - She was an early television star and briefly had her own program, "The Martha Raye Show."

1956 - Overcome with depression and health problems, she attempted suicide but was unsuccessful and gradually made a full recovery.

1970 -1980 -  Her title as "The Big Mouth" made her a natural to be the spokesperson for Polident denture cleanser.

1994 - She died at age 78 in Los Angeles, California, of pneumonia after a long history of cardiovascular disease. She also suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had lost both legs the year before her death due to circulatory problems.


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