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Mary Martin
Birth: Dec. 1, 1913
Parker County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 1990
Rancho Mirage
Riverside County
California, USA

Actress. Born in Weatherford, Texas, she began taking voice lessons at age twelve, and by age sixteen she was attending Ward Belmont Finishing School in Nashville, Tennessee. At seventeen she married Benjamin Hagman, an accountant, and they had one son, Larry, before divorcing in 1935. Larry Hagman would grow up to be a well known actor in his own right, becoming most famous for his role as ‘J.R. Ewing” in the prime time television drama series “Dallas”. She left her hometown to try to break into show business and won singing spots on national radio broadcasts and performed in Los Angeles, California nightclubs, but could not win roles in motion pictures. A theatrical producer who saw one of her performances was impressed enough to cast her in playwright Cole Porter’s “Leave It To Me” where she became an audience favorite with her rendition of the song “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”. She eventually made her film debut in 1939’s “The Great Victor Herbert”. Under contract to Paramount Motion Picture Studios, over the next three years she starred in ten more films, which would comprise almost her entire filmography. Martin returned to the New York City, New York stage in 1943, to play ‘Venus’ in “One Touch of Venus”, for which she won the New York Drama Critics Poll. In 1947 she had the lead in a touring production of “Annie Get Your Gun”, which won her a Special Tony Award in 1948. In 1949, she originated the role of ‘Nurse Nellie Forbush’ in the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” and won a Best Actress Tony Award in 1950 for her performance. She later continued the role in the London, England production of the musical. In 1954 she played the title role in “Peter Pan” for 152 performances, earning another Best Actress Tony for her work. She took on the lead for “The Sound of Music” in 1959 and remained with the show for four years, winning her fourth Tony Award for her portrayal of ‘Maria’. She co-starred with Robert Preston in 'I Do! I Do!' in 1966 when she was once more nominated for a Tony Award. Martin's stage career slowed during the 1970s but after the death of her second husband, she returned to Broadway in 1978 in “Do You Turn Somersaults?” She made her final appearance on the London stage in the 1980 Royal Variety Performance when she performed “Honeybun” from 'South Pacific.' Martin was honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in 1989. She died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California the following year. (bio by: Iola) 
Family links: 
  Preston Martin (1872 - 1938)
  Juanita Pressley Martin (1878 - 1944)
  Benjamin Jackson Hagman (1908 - 1965)
  Richard Halliday (1905 - 1973)*
  Larry Hagman (1931 - 2012)*
  Geraldine Andrews (1902 - 1979)*
  Mary Martin (1913 - 1990)
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Cancer
City Greenwood Cemetery
Parker County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section C
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Oct 21, 1998
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