Popular actress from the 1940s and ’50s who had an extended operate on Broadway, with many years of playing the lead role in Hollywood films. She sang in the institution choir in her teenage years, and following that visited play in her spouse Hal Kemp’s music group in Hollywood. An acclaimed stage celebrity, she performed Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, producing a lot more than 1,200 shows in only over 3 years. She was created Martha Janet Lafferty in Altoona, Pa. Her parents are of Irish descent. Though seldom cast being a superstar herself, in 1946’s The Fuller Clean Man, she demonstrated her capability to outshine Hollywood’s leading superstars alongside Sid Caesar.