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Today’s Trivia (May 17)

At age 23, this Kansan went to New York City, working as a chorus girl in musicals. Among other successes, she was an understudy for Ethel Merman in "Anything Goes."

By age 36, this Kansan had suffered a nervous breakdown and was on her third husband. For the rest of her life, she would struggle with bouts of depression. Still, she would go on to become one of America's best-loved "best friends" during the 1950s.

In late 1949, she was performing in a play, "Voice of the Turtle," when she was spotted by Desi Arnaz and offered the role of Ethel Mertz. She was paired with William Frawley's Fred Mertz.

Together, she and Lucille Ball would create some of television's most comic and memorable moments.

Take for instance the time Ethel and Lucy decide to work on an assembly line at Kramer's Kandy Kitchen - the chocolates keep coming and coming, and both of them end up stuffing chocolates in their hats, blouses and mouths.

So good was this Kansan as Ethel that in 1954 she was awarded an Emmy for best supporting actress.

Question: What was this Kansan’s name and what was her hometown?

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Answer to Monday’s question: Emmett Kelly’s home town was Sedan. In 1952, he played the role of "Willie" in Cecil B. Demille's movie "The Greatest Show on Earth."

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