Mary’s bio from Playbill: Little Me – Opening Night at Eugene O’Neil Theatre – 1982

This did not have a very good run, but what the hell, they can’t always be winners right?  From IBDB:

Eugene O’Neill Theatre

First Preview: Dec 26, 1981

Total Previews: 30

Opening Date:Jan 21, 1982

Closing Date:Feb 21, 1982

Total Performances:36 Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway

Setting: Southampton, 1962 (present). Venezuela, Illinois, Chicago, Somewhere in France, On the North Atlantic, Hollywood, Monte Carlo, and A Principality in Middle Europe past).

MARY ON THE BOARDWALK WITH JACK?

I can’t confirm where this picture was take, or when, or who the man next to Mary is, but if she is roughly 8 or 9, she’s either very tall, or he’s very short.  They appear to share the same nose so it’s probably her father, Jack.  It’s also likely from Baltimore as it was part of the Baltimore Sun archives at one point.

I did stumble upon a great little cartoon that references her Dad from The Microphone, 1934.

Mary’s And The Nightclub Scene

These two articles paint a good picture of Mary’s work in the nightclub scene which corresponded with her work on TV.

Above: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, October 17, 1949 – This article that led me to find this Women’s Home Companion Article by Mary.

Below: From Billboard, August 30, 1952

Performance At Syria Mosque To Support The Blue Network – The Pittsburgh Press – Jun 17, 1945

What’s interesting about this story is that it credits the editor of a Scripps-Howard paper for introducing Mary to Eddie Wolf whose main client was Vincent Lopez.  It’s difficult to track down the true tale because of these inconsistencies but I’m sure I’ll get to the bottom of it.

The following comes from the Wikipedia entry for the Syria Mosque, a picture of which is shown below the quote.  A great site on this can be found here.

The Syria Mosque was a 3,700 seat performance venue, located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Constructed in 1911 and dedicated on October 26, 1916, it was designed by Huehl, Schmidt & Holmes architectural firm of Chicago.

Located at 4223 Bigelow Boulevard [3], over the years it held numerous events, mainly highlighted by concerts of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and numerous internationally recognized music performers, as well as political rallies and speeches. Despite community efforts to have the building designated a historic landmark, the Syria Mosque was torn down on August 27, 1991. [7], and the site is now a parking lot for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center