Shutta, Ethel (1896–1976)

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Shutta, Ethel (1896–1976)

American actress and singer. Born Ethel Schutte, Dec 1, 1896, in New York, NY; died Feb 5, 1976, in New York, NY; m. George Olsen (orchestra leader), 1929 (div. 1936); m. George Kirksey.

At 5, made stage debut with parents in vaudeville, dancing the cake walk at Madison Square Garden; made Broadway debut in The Passing Show of 1922, followed by Louie the 14th, Whoopee, Marjorie, Jennie, and several editions of the Ziegfeld Follies; sang with her 1st husband's band on radio, including "The Jack Benny Show"; also remembered as Eddie Cantor's nurse in the film Whoopee; made a Broadway comeback in Sondheim's Follies (1971).