Mary Martin's life spanned the twentieth century and dominated the golden age of American musical theater. Martin's uncanny ability to make everyone in the audience feel as if she were communicating directly to them turned each of her performances into an "event." But Martin's personal life was the exact opposite of the homespun, fairy-tale lives she evoked on stage. Rumors of lesbian relationships swirled around her. Her second husband, Richard Halliday, was a haughty homosexual who, as her manager, brought sophistication and a will of iron to Mary's life. Some Enchanted Evenings is the delectable story of the one and only Mary Martin-- the little girl from Texas who captured America's heart.
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by Barry Neil Kaufman
by Karen Mack, Jennifer Kaufman
by David Ignatius
by David Guterson
by David Ambrose
by David Baldacci
by David Hewson
by David Painter
by David Klass
by David Marusek
"This somewhat plodding biography uses detailed anecdotes to flesh out actress Mary Martin's enigmatic and capricious personality. Bernadette Dunne's narration is soft, understated, and controlled. Both Martin's marriages are examined at some length. Her marriage to the crass Ben Hagman produced son Larry Hagman, who played television's J.R. Ewing on "Dallas". Insights are provided for Martin's lack of great success in films and her very great success in both Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway vehicles. Her roles in the Broadway and television versions of the musical PETER PAN are mined for many behind-the-scenes insights. Dunne's narration reflects an entirely different period and style in American musical theater. Those who remember that time will enjoy returning; students of that era will be enlightened. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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