Norma Zimmer Obituary


Norma Zimmer, ‘Champagne Lady,’ dies at 87




May 12, 2011


Norma Zimmer, 87, the “Champagne Lady” of television’s “The Lawrence Welk Show” and a studio singer, died Tuesday at her home in Brea. Her son, Larry, did not give the cause of death.


Zimmer performed on Welk’s network and later syndicated show from 1960 to 1982 as the “Champagne Lady,” the title Welk traditionally gave to his orchestra’s lead female singer. Zimmer sang solos, sang duets with Jimmy Roberts and waltzed with Welk to the strains of his effervescent dance tunes tagged “champagne music.”


She appeared on the orchestra’s public TV specials that have aired (along with repeats of the series) since 1987. Zimmer took part in a tribute to Welk and his show held earlier this year at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.


Welk, who stopped performing in 1989, died in 1992.


Zimmer, born in 1923 in Larson, Idaho, grew up in Seattle. The petite blond sang with the Girlfriends, a quartet that performed with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, including on Crosby’s famous recording of “White Christmas.”


Zimmer made several film and TV appearances and was the voice of the White Rose in the 1951 Disney film “Alice in Wonderland.”




One Response to “Norma Zimmer Obituary”

  1. JackTF says:

    There are only sweet memories of the charming Miss Zimmer. She was a true “lady” in every sense of the word, and she was of an era when the beauty of the human voice was celebrated by entertainers who really did have the talent for singing. Heaven should now be an even better place, with Miss Zimmer probably in the forefront of its glorious choir of angels.

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