Raye, Martha

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Raye, Martha Gender: F
Margy Reed
born on 27 August 1916 at 23:55 (= 11:55 PM )
Place Butte, Montana, 46n0, 112w32
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 04°37' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 29°43 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 24°25'

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Martha Raye
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American entertainer, a zestful, boisterous comedienne with a huge, elastic mouth and zany antics.

She was born in a charity ward, the daughter of touring vaudeville parents. She joined the family vaudeville act by the time she was three. By 13 she was a specialty singer with a band. Raye was a vet of stage and night clubs by 19 when she made her first film, 1935, after which she played in many minor roles. Her films include "Monsieur Verdoux," 1947 and "Airport," 1979, but her greatest acclaim always came from live entertainment, stage, Broadway, clubs and wartime tours with variety shows.

Raye married seven times, the last time on 23 September 1991 to 30-year-younger Mark Steven Harris (born 1 February 1949), 42 to her 75, after a three-week courtship in Las Vegas. She was in a wheelchair after a stroke, drinking a lot, lonely since being widowed two years before and estranged from her only child, Melodye, 47. She said that she was in love with him as he made her feel young and a woman, with sex for the first time in years. Her circulation problems worsened and her left leg was amputated below the knee in 1993.

In her last few years she had eight strokes and both legs amputated, Parkinson's and cataracts. Her daughter said she had dementia in contesting Raye's will in which she left $1 million to her daughter and the rest to Harris.

She died on 19 October 1994, Los Angeles, CA of aspiration pneumonia, at 1:45pm She was 78.

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  • Work : New Career 1935 (Film debut)
  • Relationship : Marriage 23 September 1991 (Mark Steven Harris)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 1993 (Left leg amputated below knee)
  • Death by Disease 19 October 1994 at 1:45 PM in Los Angeles, CA (Age 78, of aspiration pneumonia)
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Source Notes

Yoe Stein quotes "Movie Magazine Story of her Life."

On 26 July 2015 Sy Scholfield provided a copy of Raye's birth certificate from the Colonel Maggie family history website [1] [2]. The document states 27 August 1916, St. James Hospital in Butte, Montana, with no time of birth recorded. Same document cited in the biography, "Take It from the Big Mouth: The Life of Martha Raye" by Jean Maddern Pitrone (University Press of Kentucky, 5 Feb 2015), p. 4, which states "[her mother] Peggy endured hours of hard labor" but no time of birth is mentioned in this book.


  • Traits : Body : Other body (Big mouth)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Alzheimer's/Senility (Daughter claimed she had dementia)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Wheelchair after stroke, nine strokes)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (Cataracts in later years)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Legs (Legs amputated)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Both legs amputated)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (After widowed)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Seventh husband 36 years younger)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Seven)
  • Family : Relationship : Other relationship (Three week courtship with Mark Harris)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter, estranged)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Inheritance (Left $1 million for daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Lusty up to old age)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Vaudeville act age three, vet by 19)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Vaudeville)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women