Monday, July 25, 2016
Remembering Marni Nixon 1930 - 2016
Marni Nixon, who died Sunday at age 86, was best known for having dubbed the singing voices of many film actresses, including Margaret O'Brien (in 1948's Big City and 1949's The Secret Garden), Marilyn Monroe (her high notes in 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Deborah Kerr (in 1956's The King and I and 1957's An Affair to Remember), Sophia Loren (in 1957's Boy on a Dolphin), Natalie Wood (1961's West Side Story and her high notes in 1962's Gypsy), Rita Moreno (in West Side Story's "Tonight Quintet" due to Moreno's illness) and Audrey Hepburn (in 1964's My Fair Lady). She also played Sister Sophia in 1965's The Sound of Music, and her other film credits include 1997's I Think I Do and 1998's Mulan (as the singing voice of Grandmother Fa).
She appeared on Broadway in The Girl in Pink Tights (1954), James Joyce's The Dead (2000), Follies (2001) and Nine (2003). And she won four Emmy Awards as the host of Boomerang, a children's television show that aired in Seattle in the late '70s and early '80s.
Nixon had three children, including the late singer/songwriter Andrew Gold ("Lonely Boy", "Thank You for Being a Friend").
Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Marni Nixon's life and career.
She was a contestant on the game show, To Tell the Truth, on December 7, 1964.
In January 1965, she recorded songs from The Sound of Music as a reference guide for foreign dubbing groups.
She and Henry Mancini presented the award for Best Original or Adaptation Score at the 41st Academy Awards on April 14, 1969.
She was the host of the children's show, Boomerang.
In 2008, the Chicago Tribune interviewed her while she was in Chicago playing Mrs. Higgins in a touring production of My Fair Lady.