In reply to: re: Me too. - Michael_Portantiere01:09 pm EDT 03/31/21
i agree. And I think she is masterful in Part 2 with her ability to mix the new Eliza who knows how to speak and behave "properly" with the "old" Eliza who bubbles out of her, her ability to do the cockney/proper lady equivalent of Spanglish is really wonderful (and one i suspect, based on the recordings and what Julie has said herself, that Julie was far less adroit at pulling off).
But I think Audrey can't be faulted for her "aristocratic beauty" shining through... beautiful women, including those with the physical attributes prized or idealized by the aristocracy, are born into all classes of society. It's just a question of if we *see* those women or not. It's another play to deal with the question of the "class" system of physical "beauty" (as perceived by the society of the time, of course)... if Eliza were a physically and/or facially unappealing woman (to the mainstream standards of the ruling classes at the time), would she have been able to fool people into thinking she were a higher class or a princess as easily or with the same package that allowed the Elizas we've always seen do it? Would a fat and also "ugly" flower girl have found the same reception at Ascot or at the ball? Very likely not. And that's worth exploring. But this isn't the play or musical that does it.