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Mary Martin (1913 – 1990)


American actress and singer, who originated many roles over her career including Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Maria in The Sound of Music, but became most famous in her role as Peter Pan.
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Never, never, never can I say I had a frustrating childhood. It was all joy. Mother used to say she never had seen such a happy child ó that I awakened each morning with a smile. I donít remember that, but I do remember that I never wanted to go to bed, to go to sleep, for fear Iíd miss something.
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Mary was forty years old when she first played Peter Pan, yet she rehearsed fourteen hours a day and seemed fresh and high spirited while everyone else in the company drooped with fatigue. She was determined to fly all over the stage in the part.
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You are my Peter Pan.




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I was seventeen years old, a married woman without real responsibilities, miserable about my mixed-up emotions, afraid there was something awfully wrong with me because I didnít enjoy being a wife. Worst of all, I didn't have enough to do.
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Anything was better than playing cards, and I was doing something I wanted to do ó creating.
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Even as a baby I quickly learned to crawl out of my crib. Ö They'd put up barriers but I learned how to go over them.
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Things can get very lovey and feasty with a bunch of stimulated hams.
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Mother was the disciplinarian, but it was Daddy who could turn me into an angel with just one look.
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The irrepressible boy who refused to grow up had been the star's favorite character since childhood, and she longed to play the role on stage.
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Sometimes I think that I cheated my own family and my closest friends by giving to audiences so much of the love I might have kept for them. But thatís the way I was made; I truly don't think I could help it
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Peter Pan is perhaps the most important thing, to me, that I have ever done in theater.




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Neverland is the way I would like real life to be Ö timeless, free, mischievous, filled with gaiety, tenderness, and magic.
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Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.
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It was all role playing. I felt Larry was my little brother, Ben my big brother. Role playing was something I had known since I was born, but it wasn't a good basis for a marriage.
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I can't tell you the joy I felt in flying in that show Ö I loved it so. The freedom of spirit that was Peter Pan was suddenly there for me. I discovered I was happier in the air than on the ground.
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