May Daly

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Nightclub singer who works at the swanky Club Petite in the 1939 Broadway musical, and 1943 musical film adaptation Du Barry Was a Lady.

She's also a gold-digger looking for a sugar daddy. She's ambivalent to the charms of both songwriter Alec Howe and goo-goo-eyed coatroom attendant Louis Blore (Bert Lahr in the musical, Red Skelton in the film).

The stage musical had music and lyrics by Cole Porter, and the book by Herbert Fields and Buddy DeSylva. The film version made substantial changes and added different songs.

Played by Ethel Merman on stage, and by Lucille Ball in the film with singing voice dubbed by Martha Mears.

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