She also sang the high notes for Marilyn Monroe in Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend; and "ghosted" Natalie Wood's vocals on West Side Story.
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R.I.P. Marni Nixon. 1930 - 2016. You had the golden voice of an angel.
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If you were a Northwest kid in the 1970s and 80s, you can probably still recite the Boomerang theme song.
Marni Nixon, the host of that show who died at age 86, was a voice double for Natalie Wood in "West Side Story" and Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady."
RIP Marni Nixon. Such a great Soprano voice and a great musical talent not often seen. In addition to dubbing countless soundtracks she was also the voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, and Audrey Hepburn.
I recall from about 25 years ago, while doing a production I was in, one of the other cast members told a story of how he was in a Symphony Choir and their lead became suddenly ill and the director called Marni Nixon, who flew in the same afternoon, did 1 touch & go rehearsal with the conductor (sightreading) of the rough spots, and then gave the entire performance a couple of hours later without a single mistake, sightreading.
Such a great musical talent does not come along often!
If you love music, as I do, then you owe it to yourself to get your hands on some of her work. When I think of the definition of "musician" she definitely comes to mind!
So sad she is no longer with us. RIP and thank you. You will be sorely missed!
RIP Marni Nixon - her singing voice was famous in '50s and '60's, but many didn't know it was hers. Most famous for being the singing voice of Audrey Hepburn (My Fair Lady), Natalie Wood (West Side Story) and Deborah Kerr (King & I)
If you loved the way Natalie Wood sang "I Feel Pretty" in "West Side Story"; if you've always been charmed by Deborah Kerr's rendition of "Getting to Know You" in "The King and I"; if you swooned when you first heard Audrey Hepburn sing "I Could Have Danced All Night" in "My Fair Lady"--you may be a fan of the singer Marni Nixon and not even know it. For it was Ms. Nixon, who died Sunday at the age of 86, who provided the singing voice for all three roles, among many others, in a long and largely uncredited career as Hollywood's favorite "ghost singer."
An accomplished musician who often gave recitals and recorded under her own name, Ms. Nixon stopped ghosting the singing voices of non-singing actors decades ago. A few years back, I was lucky enough to see her play Mrs. Higgins, Henry's mother, in a touring version of "My Fair Lady" that played the Ahmanson in Los Angeles--though the irony didn't occur to me until just now that the woman who so memorably voiced Eliza Doolittle in the 1964 movie had somehow landed the only non-singing role in the show!
despite appearing on more than 50 soundtracks, she only sang on screen once - as Sister Sophia, one of the nuns performing How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria? in The Sound Of Music.
The singer appeared, uncredited, on many of the biggest movie musicals of all time - dubbing the voices for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. She also sang the high notes for Marilyn Monroe in Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend; and "ghosted" Natalie Wood's vocals on West Side Story.
So sad to lose such an extraordinary talent. She could, and did, sing it all--Schönberg, Stravinsky, Ives, Copland, Gershwin, Kern and on and on, not to mention all the Hollywood stars she gave voice to.
The late Marni Nixon's voice again. She was the 'go to' singer for Actresses whose singing talents left something to be desired in some of the most wonderful film versions of musicals.
I always knew Audrey Hepburn was dubbed in My Fair Lady but I never knew Marni was the voice of Maria in West Side Story (Natalie Wood dubbed😱), Anna in the King and I (Deborah Kerr dubbed 😱😱) and...sorry folks but those lovely, breathy high notes floating from Marilyn Munroes chest....also dubbed! 😱😱😱
I met Marni Nixon in 1998 through my work at Michigan Opera Theatre. I was honored to work with her after our annual opera ball, on a series of vocal masterclasses at major universities in Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. After I relocated to Los Angeles, we maintained our friendship and I was honored once again, to be asked by Marni to help write her memoirs/autobiography. She was an extremely gifted, talented performer, teacher, a good friend and a good person. Always generous of spirit and wisdom. I will miss you, my friend.....RIP.
I remember hearing Marnie Nixon doing a radio interview, many years ago, and being surprised at what she did and how well she did it. Believe she lived on Mercer Island, near Seattle, at the time...
“In the case of Audrey Hepburn, she was very smart and could say, ‘I know this is not good enough, I want to keep trying myself,’ but she had to accept that it wasn’t quite what it should be,” Nixon told The Washington Post. “But I don’t think that Natalie Wood’s ego could take that. Frankly, I think they used to create that kind of attitude too much—allowing them to have the illusion when they knew all along that she wasn’t good enough.”
She sang for Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, and Audrey Hepburn; as in did the singing in their famous musicals! Known as the "Ghost Voice".
Rest in peace, Marni Nixon, who dubbed for Deborah Kerr in this fun song (passed away July 24 but I missed the news). She was the voice of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and for other actresses like Natalie Wood and Sophia Loren. As Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music, we had the joy of seeing her face besides hearing her lovely voice!
I remember in the 60s we actually couldn't believe that Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn had such fantastic voices. There was a good reason for that they couldn't sing if their lives depended on it. The disgusting thing is you won't see this lady's name mentioned on the credits of any of these films or on the sound recordings. RIP Marni x
You may not know her face or name, but her voice was part of your childhood. ❤️ I always felt sad that she was so invisible behind the scenes in the lip-sync era of classic Hollywood musicals, but true fans all knew who she was and appreciated her talent.
RIP Marni Nixon