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Marni Nixon obituary

26 July 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The ‘ghost’ who sang for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, for Deborah Kerr in The King and I and for Natalie Wood in West Side Story

Millions of filmgoers who enjoyed the singing of Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956), Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961) and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (1964) were unaware that their voices were dubbed by Marni Nixon, who has died of breast cancer aged 86.

In order to keep the illusion a secret, the extraordinarily versatile American coloratura soprano was uncredited. It was only some years later, after the heyday of the Hollywood musical had passed, that the curtains were figuratively pulled back to reveal Nixon at a microphone behind the scenes. In film circles, this most unsung of singers was dubbed the “ghostess with the mostest”. However, in classical music circles, Nixon was well known for her wide range of recordings and opera performances, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Marni Nixon Remembered: A Wonderful Collaborator, Even if Natalie Wood Didn’t Agree

25 July 2016 5:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“You are the writer, but I am the author!”

When famed ghost-singer Marni Nixon said those words to me, her ghostwriter, I didn’t quite understand how any of it would work. I had written previous books on my own (“That Book about That Girl,” “Noel Coward: A Bio-bibliography”), but had never been a ghostwriter before. And aren’t they one and the same: author and writer?

What I eventually learned from that “Marni-ese” was that it was all about collaboration. Over the course of a year and a half of intense back and forth work on her memoirs, “I Could Have Sung All Night” (which we almost called “Audrey Hepburn Dubbed My Face”), I came to realize that Marni Nixon was the consummate collaborator.

She was dubbed “the ghostess with the mostest” by Time Magazine when it became public knowledge that she had dubbed Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood »

- Stephen Cole

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Marni Nixon, Singing Voice of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Dies at 86

25 July 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on EntertainmentWeekly.com.Marni Nixon, a singer whose voice appeared in Hollywood films like The King and I and My Fair Lady, died of breast cancer on Sunday in Manhattan, the New York Times confirmed. She was 86. Nixon began dubbing for leading actresses in the 1940s, and most notably sang Deborah Kerr's parts in both 1956's The King and I and 1957's An Affair to Remember, along with Natalie Wood's parts in 1961's West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn's songs in 1964's My Fair Lady - but there was a time when no »

- Ariana Bacle, @iambacle

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Marni Nixon, Singing Voice of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Dies at 86

25 July 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on EntertainmentWeekly.com.Marni Nixon, a singer whose voice appeared in Hollywood films like The King and I and My Fair Lady, died of breast cancer on Sunday in Manhattan, the New York Times confirmed. She was 86. Nixon began dubbing for leading actresses in the 1940s, and most notably sang Deborah Kerr's parts in both 1956's The King and I and 1957's An Affair to Remember, along with Natalie Wood's parts in 1961's West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn's songs in 1964's My Fair Lady - but there was a time when no »

- Ariana Bacle, @iambacle

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Marni Nixon, Famous Playback Singer For Movie Musical Actresses, Dies at 86

25 July 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Marni Nixon, American soprano and playback singer for actresses in movie musicals, has died at the age of 86 of breast cancer. She is survived by two daughters from her first marriage, three sisters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Nixon was the singing voice for stars in a variety of acclaimed Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story,” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady.” She also sang for Jeanne Crain in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” Janet Leigh in “Pepe,” and Ida Lupino in “Jennifer.” Her performances were frequently uncredited, but she was considered by the press to be “the ghostess with the mostest.” Though Nixon had to sign contracts that stipulated she wouldn’t »

- Vikram Murthi

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Newswire: R.I.P. Marni Nixon, singing voice of the Hollywood stars

25 July 2016 9:14 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Legendary “ghost” singer Marni Nixon has died at the age of 86, the New York Times reports. Nixon died yesterday in Manhattan from breast cancer, according to her student and friend Randy Banner. Nixon was often heard but rarely seen in movie musical classics: Her lovely soprano echoed from the mouths of Deborah Kerr in The King And I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.

Though Nixon remained in the shadows for most of her career, Kerr actually tipped the public off about Nixon, despite Twentieth Century Fox’s insistence that Nixon keep her participation quiet. “Deborah Kerr herself, gave me some credit right away on The King & I,” Nixon told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. Nixon later also subbed in for Kerr on An Affair To Remember. “By the time I was doing West Side Story a few years later ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Marni Nixon, Hollywood Singing Voice, Dies at 86

25 July 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Marni Nixon, famous for lending her singing voice to leading ladies in a number of classic Hollywood musicals, died Sunday. She was 86. Her death was a result of breast cancer complications, Randy Banner, Nixon’s friend told the New York Times. Nixon dubbed the singing voices for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story,” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady.” The latter two won an Academy Award for Best Picture. “It got so I’d lent my voice to so many others that I felt it no longer belonged to me,” she told The Times. »

- Rasha Ali

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Marni Nixon, Voice Behind Stars in Movie Musicals Like ‘My Fair Lady,’ Dies at 86

25 July 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marni Nixon, who gained fame as a “ghost singer” for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady,” died of breast cancer on Sunday in New York City. She was 86.

In the 1940s, ’50s and into the ’60s, major film actresses without great singing voices were often “dubbed” by anonymous background singers. Studio execs preferred to keep alive the myth that the stars did their own singing. Nixon became the most famous of these — inadvertently at first, because Kerr spilled the beans in an interview about “The King and I” in 1956.

She was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Altadena, Calif. By the time she was 4, her family discovered that she had the rare gift of “perfect pitch” and started her on violin lessons.

By the time she was 7, she was working as an extra or bit player in films, which continued through her teen years. »

- Jon Burlingame

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My Fair Lady and West Side Story 'ghost singer' Marni Nixon dies, aged 86

25 July 2016 6:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nixon filled in secretly as a playback singer for Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood in a long career as a soprano

Marni Nixon, the singer whose voice can be heard filling in for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, has died aged 86, according to the New York Times. Randy Banner, a friend and student, said she died from breast cancer.

Related: Stand-in for the stars – the art of the dubbing singer

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- Andrew Pulver

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Watch 'Difficult People' Star Julie Klausner on 'Fictional Characters I Hate'

19 July 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The second season of Julie Klausner's blisteringly funny sitcom Difficult People is now in full swing on Hulu, in which Klausner and partner-in-crime Billy Eichner portray lightly fictionalized versions of themselves as they struggle to land a date, a showbiz connection, or just a quick payday. And in this exclusive video interview with Rolling Stone, the comedian uses her talent for cutting putdowns to call out four purely fictional figures she hates.

She starts in on Denis Leary's character on the FX comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, »

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Michael Phelps Was Sought To Be "Tarzan"

6 July 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The casting gods are always tricky beasts and you'd be surprised by the way some actors seemingly made for certain roles were not only not the first choice, but essentially lucked out in scoring the part due to extentuating circumstances.

The casting of "True Blood" hunk Alexander Skarsgard in the title role in this month's "The Legend of Tarzan" seemed to make sense, especially considering the film is more of a sequel to the original novel than a direct adaptation.

However, at one time, the film's producer Jerry Weintraub had someone else in mind - Olympic champion Michael Phelps. In a new piece in Vanity Fair, Weintraub said he had his eye on Phelps for the part and thought the casting would be a coup for the project: "It's going to be like Johnny Weissmuller. the reporters are going to say, 'Weintraub found the new Johnny Weissmuller.'"

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- Garth Franklin

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Simon Cowell Hits Golden Buzzer For Cancer Survivor Calysta Bevier On ‘America’s Got Talent’

22 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Calysta Bevier, 16, got the Golden Buzzer from returning judge Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent Tuesday night. After judge Howie Mandel said, “I like the whole look. It’s like a little Audrey Hepburn,” Bevier informed the audience that her short hair cut was not her choice but was due to chemotherapy. She is a survivor of […]

The post Simon Cowell Hits Golden Buzzer For Cancer Survivor Calysta Bevier On ‘America’s Got Talent’ appeared first on uInterview. »

- Khoreen Eccleston

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Cancer Survivor Calysta Bevier Wows Simon Cowell on America's Got Talent

22 June 2016 6:29 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Simon Cowell used the coveted Golden Buzzer on America's Got Talent and it wasn't just for any ordinary contestant. The judge and executive producer sent 16-year-old Calysta Bevier, a cancer survivor, through to the live rounds. The singer said her dream was to win America's Got Talent and auditioned with tearful rendition of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song." After judge Howie Mandel complimented her Audrey Hepburn-y look, Bevier admitted her hair wasn't her choice. "My hair wasn't really my choice. I'm a survivor of stage-three ovarian caner. I kind of came here today to show people that no matter what you've gone through to keep chasing your dreams," she »

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Things that happened on Nicole Kidman's Birthday over the years

20 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1893 Lizzie Borden acquitted of the axe murders of her dad and stepmom but everyone still thinks she did it. I still haven't seen that show where Christina Ricci played her. Oops.

1905 Lillian Hellman, playwright and screenwriter is born. 

1909 Swashbuckler supreme Errol Flynn is born

1910 Fanny Brice debuts in "Ziegfeld Follies". The moment was recreated (see photo above from the Academy's archives) and heavily fictionalized of course, in Barbra Streisand's Funny Girl (1968)

1915 Director Terence Young is born. Goes on to kick off the Bond franchise with Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Thunderball and direct Audrey Hepburn to her last Oscar nomination for Wait Until Dark (1967)

1928 Martin Landau is born. 66 years, 9 months, and 7 days he wins a well-deserved Oscar for Ed Wood (1994) »

- NATHANIEL R

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New Audrey Hepburn Letters Reveal Her Wish for a 'Secret' Wedding to Mel Ferrer - and How Her Mom Loathed Him

14 June 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A collection of 10 handwritten letters by screen icon Audrey Hepburn reveal the lengths that she went to keep her 1954 wedding to Mel Ferrer a secret from the press. "How dearly we would love you to be with us on our wedding day," Hepburn wrote to her close friend, British actor Sir Felix Aylmer, in one of the letters to be auctioned by his family at Bonhams in London on June 29. The 10 letters were penned between 1951 and 1960 to her acting coach and lifelong friend Aylmer - and are expected to sell for up to $6,000. "We will have the car take you up to our mountain peak, »

- Philip Boucher, @philipboucher

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Jessica Lange Is Only One Award Away Now from EGOT After Nabbing Best Actress Tony

12 June 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jessica Lange is one trophy single away from achieving bona fide Hollywood-legend status. The 67-year-old actress nabbed the Tony for best actress in a leading role in a play at Sunday night's 2016 Tony Awards, leaving her just one award short of an Egot. Defeating the likes of Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Williams, Lange took home the trophy for Long Day's Journey Into Night. "This is a dream come true and it fills me with such happiness even on such a sad day as this," Lange said while accepting the award, acknowledging the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. "It's a thrill »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Jessica Lange Is Only One Award Away Now from Egot After Nabbing Best Actress Tony

12 June 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jessica Lange is one trophy single away from achieving bona fide Hollywood-legend status. The 67-year-old actress nabbed the Tony for best actress in a leading role in a play at Sunday night's 2016 Tony Awards, leaving her just one award short of an Egot. Defeating the likes of Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Williams, Lange took home the trophy for Long Day's Journey Into Night. "This is a dream come true and it fills me with such happiness even on such a sad day as this," Lange said while accepting the award, acknowledging the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. "It's a thrill »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Judy by the Numbers: "A Great Lady Has An Interview"

8 June 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

Our time travelling comes to an end this week with a movie that was filmed before The Harvey Girls but, due to expensive reshoots, wasn't released until months later. Ziegfeld Follies (not to be confused with Ziegfeld Girl) is a plotless series of excuses for MGM to throw its considerable stable of talent into a series of comic and musical sketches tailor made to show off the stars - and the studio - at their finest.

 

The Movie: Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

The Songwriters: Kay Thompson (lyrics), Roger Edens (music)

The Players: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, William Powell, Esther Williams, directed by Vincente Minnelli 

The Story: According to rumor, originally this enjoyable little slip of a number was designed for Greer Garson. However, when Garson backed out, it became a number about Garson, lampooning her accent, image, and Oscar-bait dramatic roles. »

- Anne Marie

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The Hotel Ritz, Where Princess Diana Spent Her Last Night - and an Ernest Hemingway Classic Was Safely Stowed - Re-Opens in Paris

6 June 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Paris is putting on The Ritz again - after its most celebrated hotel re-opened Monday. The Hotel Ritz, where Princess Diana spent her last evening in 1997, opened its doors to customers following four years of renovations and a delay caused by a major fire in January. Owned today by Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi was Diana's boyfriend and died in the same car crash that killed the princess, the Ritz has been a Paris landmark since opening on Place Vendome in 1898. Among its celebrity clientele, The Ritz has counted icons as diverse as Charlie Chaplin, designer Coco Chanel, »

- Peter Mikelbank

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Film Review: ‘Tracktown’

5 June 2016 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.” — A.A. Milne

In “Tracktown,” real-life distance runner Alexi Pappas plays aspiring Olympic athlete Plumb Marigold, who bombards us with quotations pilfered from inspirational posters, popular movies and the pages of Bartlett’s, padding the film’s gratuitous voiceover with platitudes by everyone from Mary Lou Retton to Albus Dumbledore. Plumb (whose name is meant to be as adorably one-of-a-kind as Diablo Cody or Juno MacGuff) shows undeniable skill on the track, but is severely stunted in most other respects, especially all things emotional or intellectual, taking 90 minutes to arrive at her first original thought in a film that is itself almost entirely recycled from other indies, mostly of the early-aughts Fox Searchlight variety.

Set in and named after Eugene, Ore., “Tracktown” could be a decade-later sequel to “Little Miss Sunshine, »

- Peter Debruge

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