Mary Martin: 1 November 1938 – striptease in “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” number


Mary Martin striptease during a performance of the “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” (Cole Porter) number in the 1938 Broadway musical Leave It to Me!, 1 December 1938. The show premiered on 9 Nov 1938. Mary Martin played Dolly Winslow, the young protégée of an elderly ambassador, Alonzo P. Goodhue.

She is stranded at a Siberian railway station, wearing only a fur coat over what appears to be either a light, silky summer outfit or delicate nightwear (image 3), and performs a striptease down to her undergarments (images 3-5) while performing the song. She then evidently puts the coat back on over her shoulders (image 6), and then over her arms as well (image 7), but continues to hold the coat open, or again does so.

Credits, for the following seven images: photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1 Dec 1938 — Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

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