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Date of Birth 14 April 1918New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date of Death 3 February 2015Calabasas, California, USA

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Mary Healy was born on April 14, 1918 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was an actress, known for Peter Loves Mary (1960), The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953) and Second Fiddle (1939). She was married to Peter Lind Hayes. She died on February 3, 2015 in Calabasas, California, USA.

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Peter Lind Hayes (17 December 1940 - 21 April 1998) (his death) (2 children)

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Won the 1935 'Miss New Orleans' beauty pageant.
Mother of Cathy Lind Hayes and Peter Michael Hayes.
Daughter-in-law of Grace Hayes.
Stepdaughter-in-law of Robert E. Hopkins.
Close friend of Dorris Bowdon.
Release of their biography, "Twenty-Five Minutes from Broadway", by Mary and Peter Lind Hayes.
Mary Healy at age 21 met vaudeville-trained 24 year old Peter Lind Hayes performing with his vaudevillian mother Grace Hayes at a North Hollywood nightclub. Mary (age 22) and Peter Lind Hayes (age 25) were married from 1940 until his death on 21 April 1998 (age 82). With few exceptions she and her husband worked together exclusively. One of their first high-profile pairings as a duo was in the CBS TV musical variety series "Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet", which ran on CBS TV from September 29,1949 through March 16, 1950; a revue-style series that producer Arthur Schwartz based on his successful Broadway show "Inside U.S.A.". They sang Chevrolet's catchy jingle, "See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet," before the jingle became a signature of Dinah Shore on her NBC TV "Dinah Shore Show" Chevrolet sponsored variety show of the 1950s and '60s.
Mary Healy, born in 1918 in New Orleans, was the youngest of four children of John Joseph Healy and Viola Armbruster. In 1935, she was 17 when she became Miss New Orleans. Two years later, a 20th Century Fox talent scout heard her sing at New Orleans' Roosevelt Hotel, put her on a train to Hollywood. She made her first screen appearance in "Josette" (1938). After a bit part in the 1938 feature "Thanks for Everything", she earned her first major film role in the 1939 musical comedy "Second Fiddle," which starred Sonje Henie, Tyrone Power and Rudy Vallee. Healy, at age 22, appeared in the film comedy "Star Dust" (1940) starring Linda Darnell, John Payne, Roland Young, Charlotte Greenwood, George Montgomery and William Gargan. The comedy was based on Linda Darnell's early experience in Hollywood with William Gargan, in the role as the movie's film studio executive producer Dan Wharton, a parody of the producer Darryl F. Zanuck. Mary Healy sang the the title song composed by Alfred Newman. In 1941, after marrying Peter Lind Hayes, Healy co-starred with her husband and his mother Grace Hayes in the musical comedy film "Zis Boom Bah". "Hey, kids, let's get together and put on a show!" That's the idea behind this raucous spoof about a vaudeville performer who goes to college to spy on her bratty son. The character "Nick" played by Benny Rubin (Ruben) who tap-dances his way through this film is made up to look like a college kid but is actually 42 years old in this film.
Mary Healy went on to appear in four Broadway productions between 1942 and 1958. Mary made her Broadway stage debut (at age 24) in the musical, revue, comedy "Count Me In". - opening October 08, closing November 21, 1942 (61 performances), opposite Charles Butterworth and Jean Arthur. In 1945, Mary appeared in the original play "Common Ground", opening 25 April, closing 23 June 1945 (69 performances). In 1946, she starred as Mrs. Aouda in Orson Welles' production for Broadway, an original Cole Porter composed Extravaganza musical production of "Around the World", opening 31 May, closing 03 August 1946 (75 performances), a role that she would reprise for Orson Welles' the "Mercury Summer Theatre on the Air" radio adaptation of the musical play. The 1946 Orson Welles "Mercury Theatre Production" was based on the Jules Verne novel about an adventurer who circumnavigates the globe in 80 days. Mary Healy with her husband Peter Lind Hayes returned to Broadway in 1958 to star in the Leland Hayward produced original comedy written by Norman Krasna, with incidental music by Bernard Green, "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With" at the Martin Beck Theatre, opening 03 March, closing 30 August 1958 (208 performances). Extending Healy's career from stage to the movies, with husband Peter, she co-starred with Hans Corned in "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T," a 1953 musical fantasy film based on a story by Theodor Seuss Geisel about a boy who hates practicing piano and dreams he has been taken to an island where he is forced to play on a giant keyboard with 499 other captive children. Healy, as Heloise Collins, portrayed the boy's mother. Bartholomew Collins, the boy, was portrayed by actor Tommy Rettig. Peter Lind Hays portrayed August Zabladowski. George Chakiris was featured as a dancer.
The popular comedy team Healy and Hayes gained television fame during the infancy of the television medium's golden age, when husband-wife acts, notably "George Burns and Gracie Allen" and "Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz" had strong appeal. A replica of the stars' New Rochelle, New York, home provided the setting for 'The Peter Lind Hayes Show", which ran on NBC in 1950 through 1951. Each episode opened with a shot of the guest star on the telephone explaining to someone off-camera that he could not have dinner that evening because he was going to Peter and Mary's house. He then walked onto the set, where his talents were showcased along with those of the two hosts. A degree of verisimilitude also characterized the half-hour comedy "Peter Loves Mary," which ran on NBC airing in 1960-61. Healy and Hayes portrayed a show-business couple who left New York City for life in the suburbs with their children. Peter misses the hustle-bustle of the city and his show-biz confrères, while Mary prefers the PTA, Boy and Girl Scout membership activities and the garden club scene. In the early 1960s, the couple also hosted a WOR radio show, which was broadcast from the basement of their New Rochelle house. Their witty repartee about children, married life and other mundaneness struck a chord with listeners, especially when they argued on the air. "We've even had letters saying, 'Please argue more,'" Healy told the New York Times interviewer in 1964. In addition to their TV and film work, Healy and Peter Lind Hayes were popular in Las Vegas, headlined at the Sands Hotel for fourteen successful nightclub circuit engagements during the 1960s.
Together, in 1961, Mary Healy and Peter Lind Hayes published a memoir, "Twenty-five Minutes from Broadway"; their memoir, the title inspired by George M. Cohan's Broadway musical "Forty Five Minutes from Broadway", was about the community of New Rochelle, New York, where they owned and lived on Columbia Island along the Long Island Sound shore where they taped and rebroadcast the daily breakfast conversation program. Healy self-published a second book in 2004, "Moments to Remember with Peter and Mary - Our Life in Show Business from Vaudeville to Video". In 2006, Healy and Peter Lind Hayes were inducted into the Nevada Entertainment Artist Hall of Fame at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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