Some Enchanted Evenings

The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (17.40 hours)
Product Number: Z100118555
Released: Jul 12, 2016
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ISBN: #9781504759311
Narrator/s: Bernadette Dunne
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A fascinating new biography of Mary Martin, the girl whose heart belonged to daddy, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Janet Gaynor, and Peter Pan.Mary Martin was one of the greatest stars of her day. Growing up in Texas, she was married early to Benjamin Hagman and gave birth to her first child, Larry Hagman. She was divorced even more quickly. Martin left little Larry with her parents and took off for Hollywood. She didn't make a dent in the movie industry and was lured to New York where she found herself auditioning for Cole Porter and his new show Leave It to Me! After she sang the bawdy "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", she ended up on the cover of Life magazine. Six years later, she became the toast of Broadway when she starred in South Pacific. After that, she flew as Peter Pan, yodeled in The Sound of Music, took Hello, Dolly! on the road, and shared a four-poster with Robert Preston in I Do! I Do!Her personal life was just as interesting: in NYC, she met and married Richard Halliday, a closeted upper-class homosexual who adored her, Broadway, and interior decorating (though probably not in that order). They were a powerful twosome. There were rumors about Martin, too, being in a lesbian relationship with both Janet Gaynor and Jean Arthur. Peopled with legends like Ethel Merman, Ezio Pinza, Noel Coward, and a starry cast of thousands, David Kaufman's Some Enchanted Evenings is the delectable story of the one and only Mary Martin, a self-described chicken farmer from Texas who became Peter Pan and capture America's heart.

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Author(s): David Kaufman
Original Publish Date: Jul 12, 2016

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Some Enchanted Evenings
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Product Number:Z100118555

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Author(s): David Kaufman
Product Number DD26459
Released: Jul 12, 2016
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ISBN: #9781504759274
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Author(s): David Kaufman
Product Number EB00622748
Released: Jul 12, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: #9781250031761

Professional reviews

"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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