Ethel Merman,

Mother Teresa...

and Me

My Improbable Journey from Cháteaux
in France to the Slums of Calcutta

How many people can count among their closest friends Ethel Merman (Broadway songstress extraordinaire), Mother Teresa (beatified by the Vatican in October, 2003), Lee Lehman, (wife of Robert Lehman, head of Lehman Brothers), Pierre Cardin (who was not only a legendary couturier but also a major show-business force in Europe) and many others?

Well, Tony Cointreau, a scion of the French liqueur family, can. His voice took him to the stage and his heart took him to Calcutta. He shares his life story in a new memoir, Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa …and Me: My Improbable Journey from Châteaux in France to the Slums of Calcutta.

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Coming in paperback May 3, 2016

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"I was so interested in your life with Ethel Merman…she was a gifted and fascinating woman. And of course Mother Teresa is smiling down. I don't think she would ever be anything but enthusiastic about your life and its far-ranging activity.

Your book is a wonderful story that nobody else can tell. I even think your family background is fun! You are a Cointreau, but then you also had the important entertainer career—I don't think they make many more like you."
HELEN GURLEY BROWN, Author and iconic editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine

Tony Cointreau's friendship with my mother was one of her life's true blessings. Naturally comfortable in the brightest light of her stardom and the softest light of her vulnerable heart, Tony shared an everyday intimacy with Ethel like a second son...like my brother.
BOB LEVITT, Ethel Merman's son

Dear Tony,
I am glad to know that you have experienced joy in sharing our works of love for the poor in our home for AIDS patients. Thank you for your generous gift of love. Please pray for me as I do for you.
God bless you,
—MOTHER TERESA, Missionaries of Charity