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re: The messy brilliance of the MY FAIR LADY film (VERY LONG)
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Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 05:45 pm EDT 04/01/21
In reply to: re: The messy brilliance of the MY FAIR LADY film (VERY LONG) - AlanScott 04:25 pm EDT 04/01/21

I remember the interview (although it was 57 years ago). I believe she gave it on or just prior to the opening. It could have been previously taped. My recollection was that Hepburn stated that the vocals in the film were hers with only the high notes being dubbed. She did not acknowledge that entire musical numbers had been dubbed. I do believe she was surprised by the question. It's possible she just said what she said because it was the diplomatic thing to do under the circumstances. I've always assumed she was just telling the truth (as she knew it).

In '64 my family subscribed to 4 daily Chicago papers (Tribune, Sun-Times, American, Daily News) and 2 weekly magazines (Time and Newsweek). I was just a 16-year old kid and was probably not aware of columnists who reported rumors and gossip. Did Warner Bros. officially acknowledge Marni Nixon's vocals were used for virtually all of Eliza's songs prior to the film's release? Was that information ever stated publicly on TV reports about the film before it was completed? Did this information appear in print as fact, written by respected journalists?

I'm not trying to be a jerk. I just don't recall ever reading or hearing the fact that Hepburn had been almost completely dubbed prior to the film's opening. When I went to downtown Chicago with my mom and grandmother to see My Fair Lady in '64, I thought I would be hearing Hepburn sing Eliza's songs. I was familiar enough with her performances in Funny Face and Breakfast at Tiffany's to know that most of the vocals in the film were not hers.
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