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|Also Known As:||Mary Virginia Martin||Died:||November 3, 1990|
|Born:||December 1, 1913||Cause of Death:||liver cancer|
|Birth Place:||Weatherford, Texas, USA||Profession:||Cast ... 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 "Peter Pan," displayed the perky charm of a "cockeyed optimist" and the spirited determination and sweetness of Maria von Trapp.
Although she had a brief film career in Hollywood (1938-43), most of Mary Martin's 50-year career was spent on Broadway where she starred in the musicals "One Touch of Venus," "Lute Song," "South Pacific," "Peter Pan," "The Sound of Music," "Jennie" and "I Do, I Do." She lost the film roles of her musicals to others and only her televised performance in "Peter Pan" (broadcast live in 1955 and 1956, and taped in 1960) has been preserved on video to capture her magical stage magnetism.
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