Call Her Madam
On the eve of her centennial, Ethel Merman stars in two new biographies.
The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman
by Caryl Flinn
University of California Press
$18.95 List Price
It is surprising to learn that until this season, when no less than two biographies of Ethel Merman are being published on her centennial, she has attracted little serious interest. Besides her two memoirs, Who Could Ask for Anything More? (1955) and Merman (1978), the single prior biography is by one Geoffrey Mark, a self-professed “walking encyclopedia of show biz history.” But Mr. Walking Encyclopedia writes with all