Mary Martin, the American icon of Broadway and darling of Rodgers and Hammerstein, was the star of musical smash hit after hit launched by their collaboration. Although she made a number of films, she was devoted to the theater.
In 1948, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein offered her the central role in "South Pacific." Nellie Forbush, singing "Cockeyed Optimist," "Honey Bun," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair" and, especially, "I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy," became one of her greatest successes. The Broadway production of South Pacific was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won all of them. As one sign of her own fallibility, she often pointed to the fact that while accepting "South Pacific," "Peter Pan" and "The Sound of Music," she turned down the chance to be in "Oklahoma!", "Kiss Me Kate" and "My Fair Lady."
Mary Martin was an equally successful collaboration with Madame Alexander, and was translated in several costumes from "South Pacific." One of the interesting aspects of this particular doll is being misnamed in several books as being from "Show Boat." Pat Smiths "Madame Alexander Collector's Dolls" in 1978 and Marjorie Uhl's "Madame Alexander Dolls on Review" in 1981. This has caused much confusion over the years for collectors as to what the doll is representing. This doll was also produced in the time span that the Alexander Doll Company boxes were printed as "Madam Alexander" with the dropped "e."