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Peter Pan, part 3 December 26, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Comden and Green, Musicals, Peter Pan, Theater, Trivia questions.

Mary Martin as Peter PanMary Martin (1913-1990) was, along with Ethel Merman, one of the last performers to make a lifetime star career for themselves almost exclusively on Broadway and television, while making almost no movies in Hollywood.

Her best-remembered roles, in addition to Peter Pan, were in Rodgers and Hammerstein shows: as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Mitzi Gaynor played Nellie Forbush in the movie, and Julie Andrews played Maria von Trapp.

Mary Martin was the mother of actor Larry Hagman, who is best known as J. R. Ewing in Dallas and as Major Nelson in I Dream Of Jeannie.

One of Martin’s better-known roles was one that she won after Marlene Dietrich rejected it as “too sexy and profane”. Post a comment if you know; the answer will be posted on Friday.

(NOTE: today’s section runs 11:55)

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