I was listening to a local talk show on the radio when I heard this lovely voice with just a slight lilt to it that made me say, "I know that voice . . . "
I was listening to a local talk show on the radio when I heard this lovely voice with just a slight lilt to it that made me say, “I know that voice . . . “
It was former Seattleite Marni Nixon in town in a nonsinging role of the musical “My Fair Lady” at the Paramount Theatre.
A local media relations person, Julie Furlong, was escorting Nixon around Seattle. I contacted Julie and she made arrangements for me to stop by backstage to say hello and take a few photos.
A few nights later I was allowed entry via the stage door, and there was a handwritten note:
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Greg Gilbert please come to the third floor. Marni Nixon
There she was, in her own dressing room. I had photographed her in the late ’70s when she still lived in Seattle and was giving private music lessons at her home.
At 78, she is still as active as ever, traveling around the country with the road show of “My Fair Lady.”
Called “the Voice of Hollywood,” Nixon did the singing for actress Audrey Hepburn in the movie version of “My Fair Lady.”
“I understand Audrey was upset that the word got out that I was her singing voice. That may have been why she wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award,” Nixon told me.
She also dubbed the singing voice for Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” (“I still receive a very small royalty check for my work”) and for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I.”
What great fun it was to photograph her again after all these years.