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Mary Martin's television debut was not in the 1979 film Valentine. She co-starred with Ethel Merman in The Ford 50th Anniversary Show musical special, broadcast on June 15, 1953. Martin also appeared on television in The General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute To Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1954, as Peter Pan in 1955, 1956, and 1960, in the play The Skin Of Our Teeth in 1955, as Billy Dawn in the Hallmark Hall Of Fame production of Born Yesterday in 1956, and as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun in 1957. Before Valentine, television viewers also saw her on the Ford Star Jubilee in 1955, in 1959 in The Sunday Showcase A Tribute To Eleanor Roosevelt On Her Diamond Jubilee and in Magic With Mary Martin and in 1966 in Mary Martin At Eastertime.
All of the above information is shown on the Mary Martin biography in the IDMb website.
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