Baby, take a bow! – Unknown
Just in case you don’t think anything (or anyone) great comes from Kansas… today we are going to say Happy Birthday to actress/singer Mary McCarty! On this day in 1923 this talented little powerhouse was born in Winfield, Kansas!
My mother didn’t push. She aimed me. – Mary McCarty
McCarty was better known as a supporting actress than a leading lady, but let’s face it – it’s those supporting performances that make the stars shine even brighter! She made a real splash early in life, beginning as a torch singer at a night spot called Hollywood Tropics, and ending up in front of the bright lights of Broadway and later in front of TV cameras.
Gotta dance! – Unknown
Her Broadway début was in Sleepy Hollow when she was just 15 years old! Even though the show fizzled after 12 performances, McCarty received a Theatre World Award for her role as Eva. She continued to sing and dance her way into our hearts as Maisie Doll in the Irving Berlin hit, Miss Liberty in 1949.
I’m dancing as fast as I can. – Unknown
She created the role of sassy Mama Morton in the Broadway stage version of Chicago.
In Bless You All she performed with legendary stars Pearl Bailey and Gene Barry, which firmly established her as a supporting actress. And she appeared on an occasional television show…
By the mid 1950’s, she was more active in film than on the Broadway stage. Movies such as The French Line, Pillow Talk, Babes in Toyland, My Six Loves and All That Jazz made her a familiar name and face to movie goers everywhere!
Brake a leg! – Unknown
In 1977 she played Bertha Gardner in the popular daytime drama, All My Children. And my favorite nurse, Clara “Starch” Willoughby, R.N. emerged in the television show Trapper John, M.D. with Parnell Roberts.
On April 30, 1980 at just 57 years old, Mary McCarty passed away after a heart attack. She lived her life to the fullest, this Kansas girl. May she rest in peace.
All you need are toe shoes, a tutu and a willing heart. – Unknown
Wouldn’t it be a great tribute to watch one of her performances today? I have a few of these wonderful movies on DVD. It might take all day to watch all of them – I may not get anything else done. Ah… that’d be a real shame, that would. LOL!!!
Bravo!!! Encore!!! – Unknown
She put more life into her life in 57 short years than many of us do with more time on earth. Today we are reminded to appreciate each and every day. Happy Birthday, Mary! 🙂