Spotlight on Towns: Weatherford, TX - Home of a Famous Broadway Star


Weatherford, Texas, is the birthplace of many famous people, but perhaps none more well known than broadway star Mary Martin.

Martin was born in Weatherford in 1913 and started performing locally as a kid. She moved to Los Angeles and through going to auditions, was discovered by Oscar Hammerstein II.

She used that connection to get her big breaks on Broadway.

She won Tony Awards for originating the roles of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Maria in Sound of Music, and her most well-known contribution as the flying boy Peter Pan in Peter Pan.

Martin became even more widely-known in the late 1950's as NBC Television aired full stage performances of Peter Pan several times.

There's even a statue of Martin as Peter Pan, powerfully posed with fists on hips, on the grounds of the Weatherford Public Library.

Interestingly though, her son became an even bigger TV success: Larry Hagman who played J.R. Ewing on the hit drama "Dallas."

Mary Martin died in 1990 at the age of 76. She's buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford.