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The Leading Ladies of the Theater

Song filled performances would not be the same today had it not been for a few iconic Leading Ladies of the Theater. Talented women who had successful careers in the Arts have paved the way for dreams to come true. They had the strength and tenacity to take their place under the spotlight and the brilliant ability to command the stage with a smile. The Theater has shared many moments with Actresses who have made their mark. There is no way to measure their impact on society or the artistic community. With too many tales to tell, we have Seven Ladies who top the list for the effervescent impression they have made on history.

Mary Martin

This Leading Lady of the Theater has proven there is nothing you can’t do. She had a flair for capturing her roles and making them her own. Tremendous versatility introduced her to several shows on the stage and big screen. She had some experience in film, however her heart was with the Theater. Peter pan, Sound of Music and Dolly are to name only a few of her performances.

Liza Minelli

She had style and grace with a voice that mesmerized her audience. Liza Minelli can say talent runs in the family as her mother was the ever famous Judy Garland and her Father Vincent Minelli was a film director. She had a few film experiences to top off her long stage filled resume. She is favorited for her roles in Chicago, Carnival and The Rink. She excelled with a little comedy and a penchant for drama as an all around force in the Theater.

Julie Andrews

NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 5: Honoree Julie Andrews attends The Museum of Television & Radio’s Annual Honors Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria February 5, 2003 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Charming the audience for decades, Julie Andrews brought joy to the stage through her talents and lovely disposition. She is known for her movie depiction on The Sound of Music, yet her Theatrical experience made her famous. A few of her stand out roles include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Queen Guinevere in Camelot. Her beautiful singing abilities awarded her special appearances and name that became synonymous with song.

Angela Lansbury

Ms. Lansbury places excellence in all she does. From Theater, Film and Television, her exemplary performances have granted her Five Tony Awards. Sweeny Todd, Gypsy and The King and I are three of her Theatrical roles that land among many more. Her depth and ability to persuade her character has given her a stunning reputation.

Bernadette Peters

At only eleven years old, Bernadette Peters proved she was born for Broadway. Most Happy Fella was her first role on the stage that led to long lasting success in the Theater. She is one of the most nominated Actresses with a long list of performances behind her. Mack and Mabel, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Song and Dance and Annie Get your Gun are still a fraction of her works. With several appearances on the screen, in Theaters and Television, she has showed the world that she is one talented Leading Lady.