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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.

Read More: Damien Chazelle’s Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-Starring Awards Contender ‘La La Land’ Lands a Venice Premiere

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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Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86

25 July 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Marni Nixon, the voice behind the stars of such films as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86. Nixon died of breast cancer Sunday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times and other media outlets. Nixon’s film career began in the 1940s, singing the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. She was Margaret O’Brien’s singing voice in Big City that same year  and The Secret Garden in 1949. She went on to what would… »

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Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86

25 July 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Marni Nixon, the voice behind the stars of such films as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86. Nixon died of breast cancer Sunday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times and other media outlets. Nixon’s film career began in the 1940s, singing the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. She was Margaret O’Brien’s singing voice in Big City that same year  and The Secret Garden in 1949. She went on to what would… »

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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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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. »

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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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On this day in pop culture history: the first ‘X-Men’ movie opened in theaters

14 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

16 years ago today was (arguably) the beginning of the modern superhero movie era. Even if you give that distinction to Spider-Man or Iron Man, it’s undeniable that the first X-Men movie paved the way for the proliferation of caped heroes in Hollywood today. In 2000, the only other superhero movies released were negatively received comedies The Specials and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable — a superhero movie in a time before they could be baldfaced superhero movies. Now, everyone wants in on the superhero genre, which is now producing the buzziest and most lucrative blockbusters of 2016. The ninth and most recent X-Men movie, Apocalypse, ultimately delivered disappointing numbers in the ever-more-crowded superhero line-up, but that didn’t stop Fox from ordering a pilot for what looks to be a series based in the X-Men world. Other notable July 14 happenings in pop culture history: • 1966: »

- Emily Rome

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Despite Cancellation, Alan Menken Sees A ‘Newsies’-Like Future For ‘Galavant’ (Emmys Watch)

6 July 2016 3:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The cancellation of ABC’s fairy tale musical comedy “Galavant” after two seasons came as no surprise to composer Alan Menken, who’s still competing for best song Emmy consideration with “A New Season” romp and exploring a potential stage spin-off.

“There are people in theatrical circles who think that young audiences in colleges and community theater will [go for this] over time,” said Menken. “So we have to figure out a way of bringing this to the stage. That’s where it is now.

“I look at my experience on ‘Newsies,'” Menken continued, “which was a hideous flop, and 20 years later it’s beyond a cult classic and that led to it becoming a [Tony Award-winning] Broadway show.”

For Menken, “Galavant” (created by Dan Fogelman as a mid-season replacement for “Once Upon a Time”) was the perfect vehicle to indulge in self-parody while honing his collaboration with lyricist Glenn Slater.

“For me,  the »

- Bill Desowitz

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Alexander the Great and Judy the Greatest

10 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

323 BC Alexander the Great dies of an unknown illness. Colin Farrell plays him in a movie centuries and centuries later and it's suggested that it's a combo of Typhus, Bad Wigs, and Loving Jared Leto that does him in. Who could survive that combo? (Remember when Baz Luhrmann was going to make an Alexander movie, too, but Oliver Stone beat him to it? We wish it had been the other way around.)

38 Ad Julia Drusilla dies in Rome. In the infamous Bob Guccione movie Caligula (1979) her brother Caligula (Malcom McDowell) is shown licking her corpse. Somehow that's not remotely the most perverted thing in the movie!

1692 Bridget Bishop is executed for "Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries." She's the first victim of the notorious Salem Witch Trials that will claim many lives and inspire many works of art including The »

- NATHANIEL R

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Mike Barnett, Co-Founder of The Lettermen, Dies at 89

27 May 2016 3:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mike Barnett, a founder of hit vocal group The Lettermen, died Friday at his home in Camarillo, Calif., after suffering from heart problems. He was 89.

Born Roy Barnett in Oakland, Calif., he began singing and dancing in Las Vegas shortly after World War II. He was cast in the chorus as well as specialty spots in many shows in hotel casinos and backed female headliners like Ann Sothern. He used the name Mike Barnett professionally.

His wife Elaine came up with the name The Lettermen for a vocal trio in 1957; the group worked for 13 weeks in comedy writer Sid Kuller’s Jewish spoof of the Broadway smash hit “My Fair Lady” and called it “My Fairfax Lady” at Billy Gray’s Bandbox. They later worked in a second Kuller parody of the movie “Baby Doll,” in the same theater.

By August of 1957, after the last revue closed, Barnett set out »

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Links: The Beguiled, Real O'Neals, Celebrity Politics, and More

30 March 2016 1:24 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Let's try to cover everything we haven't mentioned lately (whew). The biggest and most obvious is that Sofia Coppola, whose plans to follow up Bling Ring with a live action Little Mermaid are no more, is now supposedly working on a remake of the Clint Eastwood romantic drama The Beguiled (1971). The film will star two darlings of Tfe Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. Plus Elle Fanning so Coppola already sold all the tickets to our crowd. The Clint role is as yet uncast.  They're said to be looking for a 'Chris Pratt' type but what this surely calls for is a watch of the original film to familiarize ourselves.

Let's do it together shall we? It's available on Amazon and iTunes so let's all watch it by April 8th or so and we'll discuss. Deal? 

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- NATHANIEL R

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Anastasia

29 March 2016 12:01 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

That scarlet woman Ingrid is back from exile, and hypocritical Hollywood is not complaining -- Anatole Litvak and Arthur Laurents make an intriguing romantic-psychological mystery of a bogus Romanoff Duchess who surfaces in 1928 Paris to claim the crown fortune. Good roles for Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes as well. It's a strange intersection of scandal, history and swindlers that may have found the real item... and maybe not. Anastasia Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 105 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoeff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Karel Stepanek Cinematography Jack Hildyard Art Direction Andrej Andrejew, Bill Andrews Film Editor Bert Bates Original Music Alfred Newman Written by Arthur Laurents from a play by Marcelle Maurette Produced by Buddy Adler Directed by Anatole Litvak

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The cleverly written and »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘My Fair Lady’ 60th Anniversary: The ‘Hamilton’ of Its Day

15 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The creation of any work of art is tricky. If everything meshes, it’s magic. But if one key element is off, it’s just an interesting experiment.

This week marks the 60th anniversary of “My Fair Lady,” which opened March 15, 1956, at Broadway’s Mark Hellinger. Theater lovers consider it one of the few perfect musicals, because every piece worked. And while nobody would question the talents of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mary Martin, Cary Grant and Doris Day, it’s probably a good thing that they never became a part of “My Fair Lady,” though all of them were possibilities.

The “Oklahoma!” composers, Broadway star Martin, and Noel Coward flirted with the idea of the stage musical, but the deals never happened. In 1955, Variety reported that “Lady Liza,” a musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” was being targeted for a Broadway debut the following year. Alan Jay Lerner and »

- Tim Gray

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Now Casting a Brand Voiceover Gig Plus 3 More Opportunities

14 March 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Interested in voiceover, theater, film, or even wilderness-related gigs? Good news: we put the top casting notices all in one place. Check them out below! Beauty Brand Film VOICEOVERRavel Films is creating an internal-use-only film for a beauty brand, and a female voiceover artist is needed! One or two recording sessions will take place between March 23–31, and the artist will be compensated $300 per session.  “What Would Teddy Do?”Ever dream of playing Teddy Roosevelt? The role is being cast for this new special in National Geographic’s “Explorer” series! The show will examine today’s political landscape through Roosevelt’s life and experiences. The paid gig will shoot during the week of April 18 in Lithuania. Olney Theatre Center 2016–17 SEASONOlney Theatre Center (located in Maryland) will be hosting auditions in New York City for their upcoming season. The theater will be casting Equity actors for the following productions: “Angels in America, »

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‘A Night at Sardi’s’ Closes With Jason Alexander, Eric McCormack, Steven Weber and a ‘Big Bang’

10 March 2016 10:34 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Tonight we honor Peter Grad, who passed away suddenly last summer,” began David Hyde Pierce on Wednesday at the final “A Night at Sardi’s” benefit — founded by Laurie Burrows (daughter of playwright Abe Burrows) and her late husband Grad (an Mtm Television executive) 23 years prior, to support the Alzheimer’s Association. “His example as a charitable and loving man inspires us and lives with any of us who ever came in contact with him. Many of his jokes live with us too, and for that, we will never forgive him.”

What will also clearly live on is the “A Night at Sardi’s” legacy, evidenced by the loyal alum from Peter Gallagher to Jason Alexander to Eric McCormack — “No one had ever heard of me when this first began!” McCormack said — who returned to reenact their favorite numbers, which helped to generate $28 million over the 23 years, for the show »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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