Mary Healy

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Mary Healy
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Healy and Hayes, c. 1962.
Born Mary Healy
(1918-04-14) April 14, 1918 (age 96)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Stage, film, television actress
Years active 1937-1982
Spouse(s) Peter Lind Hayes (m. 1940–98) (his death)
Children Cathy Lind Hayes
Peter Michael Hayes

Mary Healy (born April 14, 1918) is a retired American actress, singer, and variety entertainer.


Mary Healy in the Orson WellesCole Porter extravanganza Around the World (1946)

Mary Healy was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The former Miss New Orleans beauty pageant winner's first screen role was in Josetta, where she had a bit part. However in 1939, she had a major role as Jean Patrick in Second Fiddle. Healy made her stage debut in Count Me In, opposite Charles Butterworth and Jean Arthur.

Healy was married to fellow entertainer Peter Lind Hayes from 1940 until his death in 1998. With few exceptions — most notably her role as Mrs. Aouda in Orson Welles' 1946 Broadway production of Around the World in 80 Days, a role that she would later reprise for the The Mercury Summer Theatre on the Air radio adaptation of the musical play[1] — she and her husband worked together exclusively.[2]

Among their joint ventures were several television series, The Peter Lind Hayes Show in 1950, The Star of the Family in 1950–1952, the 1953 cult fantasy film The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, the 1958 Broadway comedy Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?[3] and the 1960 NBC situation comedy Peter Loves Mary, in which they portrayed a show business couple with two children who attempt to adjust to the culture shock of a move from New York City to the suburbs.[4]

In 1949 Healy and Hayes were the first to sing the commercial jingle, "See the USA in Your Chevrolet", which later became a signature song for Dinah Shore.[5]

In addition, the couple were regular substitute hosts on Arthur Godfrey's television programs and were frequent guest panelists on What's My Line? In 1960, they co-starred in their radio show The Peter Lind-Mary Healy Show.[6]

Healy and Hayes were the parents of two adopted children – a son, Peter Michael Hayes,[7] and a daughter, actress Cathy Lind Hayes.[8]

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