The Secret Garden (1949)
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.
Every year when the Academy announces the list of recipients of the Honorary Oscar, we can expect only one thing: they will all be men. Sure, the odd woman wins the award here and there, but consider this: between 1993, when the honor was bestowed upon Deborah Kerr, until 2009, when Lauren Bacall shared the award with two men, not a single woman was deemed worthy of the biggest honor AMPAS has to offer. Apologists can point to the fact that men have run the industry at large since its inception. They would be right; the industry as a whole is equally at fault, if not more, but take a look at the list of women still awaiting their first statue – or *gasp* first
While making an appearance at the event they talked to HollywoodChicago.com, and sat for portraits with photographer Joe Arce. This year’s Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will take place August 8th-11th, 2013, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
Sean Young of “Bladerunner,” “Stripes,” “No Way Out”
Sean Young has had both an exceptional career and one laced with controversy. She was born in Kentucky, but eventually found her way to the School of American Ballet in New York City. She began her show business ambitions as a dancer and a model, before landing a role in “Jane Austin in
hollywoodnews.com: Marni Nixon has often been called one of the “unsung” talents of Hollywood’s Golden Age, but that’s probably not the most fitting of labels considering she sang more iconic songs in classic movies than just about anyone.
Nixon, a lifelong singer who turned 80 in February, dubbed the voices of many A-list actresses who were cast in movie musicals but lacked the musical chops to do their own singing. Her most prominent assignments were Deborah Kerr on “The King and I” (1956) and “An Affair to Remember” (1957), Natalie Wood on “West Side Story” (1961), and Audrey Hepburn on “My Fair Lady” (1964), each of whose singing she dubbed nearly entirely. She also tackled select notes and songs for Margaret O’Brien on “The Secret Garden” (1949), Jeanne Crain on “Cheaper by the Dozen” (1950), Marilyn Monroe on “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), and one of the geese in “Mary Poppins” (1964). Though
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