I wasn’t actually alive yet when the Love Boat was on tv, but it was one of those shows that always had a million guest stars on it. On one episode they decided to have their own mini battle of the Divas by bringing on Carol Channing, Ann Miller, Ethel Merman and Della Reese. Not only were all of these fabulous Follies stars excited to be on the ship, but when they started coming on one by one, the drama began. I love how each of them thought that the other women would be back up for them, and then comes in Ethel Merman.
Instead of the classy, stuck up or fun and happy entrances, she comes in belting out a tune and just lets everyone else know that they are there to support her. That is one of the reasons I love Ethel Merman. She can belt out a tune, say something rude and still have everyone love her. Her personality is amazing in that even when she says something rude, she can actually make it a joke and have everyone laughing. That is one of the things that made her famous. She had a huge personality that everyone loved and just like Carol Channing whose voice wasn’t a normal broadway sound, they can both pull it off with their ability to stand out. But what happens when you have all four of these amazing women on one stage? You give them a song from a show all about the Follies that lets them compete. There is also only one song that could be perfect for it. “I’m the greatest star” from “Funny Girl”. The only thing missing was Barbara Streisand coming out as another surprise guest and taking over the entire show.
This clip is an awesome clip to just make you laugh if you love the Follies and these ladies. If you were never a fan or didn’t like them, then you probably won’t like it. However, if you love Carol, Ann, Della or Ethel, you’ll love this clip and definitely want to share this post on Facebook and Twitter with your friends. Please also feel free to leave a comment below.