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Mary Martin and the London cast of Hello Dolly! 1965.

Richard Rodgers, Ethel Merman and Oscar Hammer…

Richard Rodgers, Ethel Merman and Oscar Hammerstein II.

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Mary Martin, Modelling one of her favorite Mainbocher gowns. She wore this on numerous occasions, for her 1960 Tony win, as well as two of her Televison Specials. 1959.

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Mary Martin performing a beautiful Rodgers and Hart song: You’re Nearer, in 1962.

She recorded this for her standout album Mary Martin Sings, Richard Rodgers Plays, in 1958.

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Mary Martin performing a beautiful Rodgers and Hart song: You’re Nearer, in 1962.

She recorded this for her standout album Mary Martin Sings, Richard Rodgers Plays, in 1958.

Mary Martin performing a beautiful Rodgers and…

Mary Martin performing a beautiful Rodgers and Hart song: You’re Nearer, in 1962.

She recorded this for her standout album Mary Martin Sings, Richard Rodgers Plays, in 1958.

While touring Hello Dolly! in japan, Mary Mart…

While touring Hello Dolly! in japan, Mary Martin prepared this special Japanese version of Hello Dolly! to sing for the audience at the end of the show.

I’m sure for those who follow my blog, it’s obvious how much I adore this woman! The level of charm, warmth and charisma she possesses is unrivaled. It’s no coincidence she’s so associated with Peter Pan, shes more magical than he is!

All of this footage from Dolly is from an NBC documentary called Around The World With Mary Martin, documenting her international tour of Hello Dolly! She Toured most of the United States, Canada, Japan, Vietnam ( in a truncated version for the troops ) and finally London, where she headed the original London cast. I’m pretty sure that all the performance footage, including this Japanese Hello Dolly, was recorded in London for this special in 1965, and inserted into the documentary.

Some more rare footage of Mary Martin! Here sh…

Some more rare footage of Mary Martin! Here she is performing I Put My Hand In ( I WISH IT WAS LONGER ) From the original London cast of Hello Dolly! 1965.

I can’t even imagine the treasures sitting undocumented in private collections and archives.