Mary Martin

Born Dec 1, 1913

Mary Virginia Martin was an American actress, singer and Broadway star. A muse of Rodgers and Hammerstein she originated many leading roles over her career including Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. She was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1989. She was also the mother of the late actor Larry Hagman.… Read More

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1913 Birth Born in 1913.


1938 25 Years Old She was then cast in Cole Porter's Leave It to Me!, making her Broadway debut in November 1938 in that production. … Read More
1939 26 Years Old Martin began her radio career in 1939 as the vocalist on a short-lived revival of The Tuesday Night Party on CBS.
1940 27 Years Old In 1940, she was a singer on NBC's Good News of 1940, which was renamed Maxwell House Coffee Time during that year.
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In 1942, she joined the cast of Kraft Music Hall on NBC, replacing Connie Boswell.


1943 30 Years Old In 1943 she starred in the new Kurt Weill musical One Touch of Venus and then Lute Song in 1946. … Read More
1949 36 Years Old As nurse Nellie Forbush, Martin opened on Broadway in South Pacific on April 7, 1949. … Read More
1951 38 Years Old She opened in the West End production on November 1, 1951.


1954 41 Years Old Her next major success was in the role of Peter in the Broadway production of Peter Pan in October 1954, with Martin winning the Tony Award.
1959 46 Years Old Martin opened on Broadway in The Sound of Music as Maria on November 16, 1959, and stayed in the show until October 1961. … Read More


1966 53 Years Old In 1966, she appeared on Broadway in the two-person musical I Do! … Read More
1968 55 Years Old A national tour with Preston began in March 1968, but was cancelled early due to Martin's illness. … Read More


1980 67 Years Old Martin made an appearance in 1980 in a Royal Variety Performance in London, performing "Honeybun" from South Pacific.
1986 73 Years Old Martin appeared in the play Legends with Carol Channing in a one-year US national tour, opening in Dallas on January 9, 1986. … Read More
1989 76 Years Old She received the Kennedy Center Honors, an annual honor for career achievements, in 1989. … Read More
1990 78 Years Old Mary Martin died a month before her 77th birthday from colorectal cancer at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, on November 3, 1990. … Read More
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