Magazine article Variety

For Author, Everything Comes Up Merman

Magazine article Variety

For Author, Everything Comes Up Merman

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MEMORY LANE

For Author, Everything Comes Up Merman

Everyone knows Mama Rose's first line in 1959's "Gypsy." It's "Count four before you start, Louise!" Or at least it was. But one day in rehearsal Ethel Merman crossed it out for the line everybody now knows: "Sing out, Louise!"

That nugget is among the discoveries in the Merman memorabilia collected by Tony Cointreau, an heir to the liqueur family.

Cointreau considers Merman one of his "other mothers," alongside Lee Lehman, wife of former Lehman Bros, topper Robert Lehman, and, of all people, Mother Teresa, with whom the former singer volunteered at orphanages in India. He chronicles his life with all three in his new memoir, "Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa ... and Me." Among the showbiz tidbits is this memory of a revealing backstage moment at "Gypsy." cordon cox

U I /nowing that Miss Merman was rC going through a difficult time with I xher divorce, (her daughter) Little Ethel and I decided to go to the theater at the end of her mother's show.

We arrived at the Broadway Theater in time for the curtain calls. …

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