Mary Martin

Actor, Singer
Legendary musical comedy star who, from her innocent, matter-of-fact mock striptease showstopper "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" in the Cole Porter musical "Leave It to Me" (1938) to her embodiment of eternal youth as ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1913 in Weatherford, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

A Salute to Broadway: Showstoppers 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Hardcastle and McCormick 1983 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Valentine 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel Face 1953 (Movie)

Patient (Actor)

Main Street to Broadway 1953 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rhythm on the River 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Great Victor Herbert 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rage of Paris 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Annie Get Your Gun (Movie)

Annie Oakley (Actor)

Birth of the Blues (Movie)

Betty Lou Cobb (Actor)

Happy Go Lucky (Movie)

Marjory Stuart (Actor)

Irving Berlin's America (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss the Boys Goodbye (Movie)

Cindy Lou Bethany (Actor)

Biography

Legendary musical comedy star who, from her innocent, matter-of-fact mock striptease showstopper "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" in the Cole Porter musical "Leave It to Me" (1938) to her embodiment of eternal youth as "Peter Pan," displayed the perky charm of a "cockeyed optimist" and the spirited determination and sweetness of Maria von Trapp.

Relationships

Mary DeMeritt

Daughter

Benjamin Hagman

Husband
Married Nov. 3, 1929; father of Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman Actor

Son
Born Sept. 21, 1931; father, Benjamin Hagman Died Nov. 23, 2012

Richard Halliday Actor

Husband
Married May 5, 1940 until his death 1973

Preston Martin

Father

Juanita Martin

Mother

EDUCATION

Ward Belmont finishing school

Nashville , Tennessee

Milestones

1986

Made final stage appearance in a national tour of James Kirkwood's bitchy comedy, "Legends" opposite Carol Channing

1983

Was severly injured in San Francisco when a drunken driver crashed his car into the taxi Martin was riding in; the crash took the life of her aide Ben Washer and injured Janet Gaynor and her husband Paul Gregory

1965

Played Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" In the US national tour and in Vietman and Tokyo; also starred in the London production (date approximate)

1963

Starred in first Broadway musical flop, "Jennie"

1953

Starred opposite Ethel Merman in the legendary "Ford Motor Company's 50th Anniversary" TV special

1949

Co-starred opposite Ezio Pinza in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific"

1946

London stage debut in Noel Coward's "Pacific 1860"

1946

Returned to Hollywood to reprise her signature song "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" in the whitewashed Cole Porter biopic, "Night and Day"

1942

First starring role on Broadway, "One Touch of Venus" (directed by Elia Kazan) in a role originally tailored for Marlene Dietrich

1942

Returned to the stage in "Dancing in the Streets" which closed in Boston before reaching Broadway

1939

Film debut, "The Great Victor Herbert"

1938

Won contract with Paramount (date approximate)

1938

Discovered by producer Lawrence Schwab at Trocadero nightclub's Sunday night talent show in Los Angeles (date approximate)

1938

Broadway debut, "Leave It to Me"

1921

Founded the Mary Hagman School of Dance, Weatherford, TX (date approximate)

Starred on Broadway in the musical, "The Sound of Music"

Performed at benefits for the San Francisco General whose Trauma Center was renamed in her honor

Appeared in local amateur theatre productions (with friend Bessie Mae Sue Ella Yaeger) from age five

Traveled between Texas (where she sang on radio) to California (where she worked as nightclub singer-dancer)

Starred as Annie Oakley (the role originated on Broadway by Ethel Merman) in the national road tour of the Irving Berlin musical "Annie Get Your Gun"

Hosted own TV series "Over Easy"

Starred on Broadway in the musical, "Peter Pan"

Bonus Trivia

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"While Ethel Merman was an entire brass section and Carol Channing was a parade, Miss Martin remained natural and exactingly true to life--and it was poetry." --Mel Gussow, ("New York Times" obituary, November 5, 1990.

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"As Ensign Nellie Forbush, the 'cockeyed optimist' heroine of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'South Pacific', as the airborne boy who never grows up in 'Peter Pan' and as the Austrian governess who marries her boss and then saves their family from the Nazis in 'The Sound of Music', Martin was an effervescent, girlishly charming actress whose homespun personality and lovely lyric soprano voice personified theatrical star qualtiy and captivated Broadway audiences." --"Variety" obituary, November 12, 1990.

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