And I'll Sing Once More

2.08.2012

Today I reflect on the title of this blog. A play on words, yes. But I really do need to speak frankly about something.

And yes, it will only perpetuate my friends' belief that I am startlingly similar to Cam on Modern Family.

It could be potentially offensive to some. 

I will certainly have to deal with the repercussions later.

But I have to say it. 


I don't like Audrey Hepburn

I am sure she was really nice. She is highly quotable. Fashionably speaking, she was definitely an icon of femininity. She had great bangs.

But I can't really be swayed on this.

I can't get through My Fair Lady without regret that Julie Andrews didn't continue on with the role she originated onstage. 

I can't get past the fact that it's not even her singing

In fact, I did some research to find out who actually did sing for Audrey in My Fair Lady. And, you won't even believe it!

It's a woman named Marni Nixon

A woman you may recognize from The Sound of Music, because she played the sweet Sister Margaretta

She was also the singing voice for: 


and,


and,

it wasn't Marilyn's voice you heard singing 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

IT WAS MARNI NIXON'S.

Do you feel betrayed? Do you wish to seek justice for this voice of Hollywood?

I did.

So pardon me, while I am painstakingly loyal to The Sound of Music.

Because Julie and Marni are both in it, SINGING WITH THEIR OWN VOICES.










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6 comments:

  1. so I read a Julie Andrews biography years ago and remember a mention of Marni's name. It's amazing how much she did and how few people know of it. I have always been a big Sound of Music fan and love it even more for giving M a face after all that time.
    Also I'm planning a trip to London and would love nothing more than to go back to the 1960s and see Julie performing as Eliza. that would be amazing.
    ps. the outtakes are terrific!

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  2. I actually have a Julie Andrews biography that I've owned for years and never actually read. I wonder if it's the same one! I just think she's so lovely. I mean, she got to be Maria Von Trapp AND Mary Poppins. Consecutively. It is too much greatness.

    Did you see the Oprah special with the cast reunion? I cried. No shame.

    London! I want to go! Still wondering why I haven't gone yet.

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  3. I've always known that Audrey Hepburn wasn't singing in My Fair Lady. And my heart breaks a little every time I think about it.

    But Sound of Music will always be my first love. It's incredible! And Julie Andrews is one of a kind. I adore her!

    And I adore your blog! :) Can't wait to keep reading.

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    1. Hey, girl! I'm glad you like it - that's so encouraging!

      To be fair, I think Audrey definitely had a charm about her - I just grew up loving Julie. So I think there's some loyalty there I won't ever be able to shake.

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  4. I LOVE THIS POST! I'm pretty much obsessed with the Sound of Music. Just hopped over from Megan's blog, I'm your newest follower!

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    1. Well hey girl, hey! So glad to have you. I too, am deeply obsessed. I think I could watch it right now and then just start again from the very beginning. A very good place to start.

      Your blog is a pretty one. Love your design aesthetic!

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