Martin's Press, pages. Mary Martin was one of the radiant stars of the American stage in the 20th century. Baby boomers born before probably remember Mary Martin on television as Peter Pan in the musical version of the James M.
She was bouncy, enthusiastic, with an ambling walk like a good baseball player. She also had beautiful, clear skin and sparkling, snapping brown eyes. We all fell in love with her.
Broadway's Mary Martin, born one hundred years ago in Weatherford, Texas, was an artist of legendary charm — and powerful ambition. She had come back to New York after four mostly dispiriting years in Hollywood, where she had made a string of films for Paramount Pictures that are now all but forgotten. But in the intervening years, there had been other girls, and other showstoppers.
She was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in She was the mother of actor Larry Hagman. Martin was born in Weatherford, Texas.
Journalist and author Boze Hadleigh, in addition to seemingly possessing encyclopedic knowledge of literally every black-and-white movie ever made, is a very ambitious interviewer. I got over being ashamed. It digs in deep with these incredibly complicated and interesting women on topics including but certainly not limited to their careers, queer subtext in early cinema, feminism, queer linguistics and sexism in the industry.
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This isn't exactly groundbreaking earth shattering news. Tell me something I didn't know. This is a biography, maybe a good one too, but this is not Queer Studies.
That poses a unique challenge to a biographer. For most people alive today, Martin is an historic figure. To Baby Boomers, she is probably best known for her iconic — and favorite — portrayal of Peter Pan, which was a major s television event.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. David Kaufman's moving biography remembers one of Broadway's biggest stars. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.