Martha Wright, early TV singer-host, has died

Martha Wright (born Martha Wiederrecht, March 23, 1923 - died March 1 2016) was an American actress and singer best known for her performances on Broadway and on television. Beginning to sing in radio, musical theatre and opera in her native Seattle as a teenager, Wright moved to New York City and debuted on Broadway by age 21, where she soon had a major success as Mary Martin's replacement in both South Pacific and The Sound of Music. She also continued to sing on the radio. In the mid-1950s, she also performed on television, including in her own show. Wright and her husband, restaurateur George J. Manuche Jr. (1921–2013), had four children, and Wright curtailed her performing by the late 1960s, returning for a few engagements in the 1970s and 1980s. WIKIPEDIA The Martha Wright Show was a 15-minute musical variety program which aired at 9:15 pm EST on ABC television from April 18 to December 5, 1954. The program was also known as The Packard Showroom for its sponsor, Packard automobiles. TV Show

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