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Mary Martin (I) (1913–1990)

Originally a dance instructor, she came to Broadway during the Depression to begin her career as a professional actress. A daughter of Texas, she originally began work as a dance instructor until a local evangelical-adherent burned down her studio citing her work as being too sinful for human nature. Coming to New York City, she appeared on ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Peter Pan
Peter Pan Peter Pan
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein Herself / Hostess / Nellie Forbush (segment 'South Pacific')
Mary Martin: Hello, Dolly! Round the World
Mary Martin: Hello, Dolly! Round the World Herself / Dolly Levi / Narrator


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 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Zora Hardcastle
 1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Hannah Harvey
 1979 Valentine (TV Movie)
Gracie Schwartz
 1960 Peter Pan (TV Special)
Peter Pan
 1957 Annie Get Your Gun (TV Movie)
Annie Oakley
 1956 Born Yesterday (TV Movie)
Billie Dawn
 1955-1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Peter Pan / Sabina
- Peter Pan (1956) ... Peter Pan
- Peter Pan (1955) ... Peter Pan
 1955 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Peter Pan
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Mary Martin
 1943 Happy Go Lucky
Marjory Stuart
 1941 New York Town
Alexandra Curtis
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Cindy Lou Bethany
 1940 Love Thy Neighbor
Mary Allen
 1940 Rhythm on the River
Cherry Lane
 1939 The Great Victor Herbert
Louise Hall
 1938 Battle of Broadway
Linda Lee (singing voice, uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in national tour of "I Do! I Do!". NOTE: Nominated for a Tony Award. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 11 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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Personal Quote:

It was all role playing. I felt Larry was my little brother, Ben my big brother. Role playing was something I had known since I was born, but it wasn't a good basis for a marriage. See more »


In 1982, Mary Martin, friend and manager Ben Washer, actress Janet Gaynor and Gaynor's husband, Paul Gregory, were riding in a taxi cab when a drunk driver named Bob Cato sped through a red light and smashed into their vehicle at the corner of Franklin and California Streets. The four were on their way to dinner in downtown San Francisco. Mary and Paul Gregory suffered multiple injuries but ... See more »

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