Nixon - Clips
West alum Marni Nixon talking about her career, with film
clips featuring her voice dubbing for Natalie Wood, Deborah
Kerr and Audrey Hepburn in West Side Story, The King and
I and My Fair Lady. Also clips from Mulan, Mary Poppins,
and a TV appearance with Liberace.
Nixon - To Tell The Truth Appearance
West alum Marni Nixon on "To Tell The Truth".
of the greatest Hollywood movie musicals of all time share one
thing one in common: The glorious singing voice of Marni Nixon.
It is her singing that you hear for Natalie Wood in "West
Side Story,” for Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair
Lady,” for Deborah Kerr in "The King and I”
and "An Affair to Remember,” for Margaret O’Brien
in "The Secret Garden,” for Marie Windsor in
"Dakota Lil,” singing the high notes for Marilyn
Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and appearing
on camera herself (as Sister Sophia) in "The Sound of
Music.” You also hear the voice of Marni Nixon singing
as animated characters in Disney film classics like "Mary
Poppins” and "Mulan.”
native of Altadena, Ms. Nixon began as a child actress, sang with
the Roger Wagner Chorale, and in her late teens appeared in a
succession of plays at the Pasadena Playhouse. Hollywood beckoned,
as she became the greatest "ghost-singer” ever in the
history of the medium.
has also enjoyed a busy stage career in New York, and was nominated
for a Drama Desk Award for her role in the off-Broadway show "Taking
My Turn.” Her Broadway shows include "Nine,”
"Follies,” "James Joyce’s The Dead,”
and "The Girl in Pink Tights.”
in opera, Ms. Nixon also sang for the great figures of the classical
music world, from Arnold Schonberg to Igor Stravinsky to Leonard
Bernstein. Bernstein championed her cause, offering to relinquish
some of his own compensation when she was initially excluded from
the royalty pool of the soundtrack album of "West Side
Story,” itself the best-selling LP of all time until
the 1984 release of Michael Jackson’s "Thriller.”
based in New York, this former Theatre West member returns home
to its stage for a long weekend of four performances in her very
own show, "Marni Nixon: The Voice of Hollywood.”
The multimedia show will include a backdrop of clips from
Ms. Nixon’s famous films, as she sings and evokes the greatest
moments of movie musical history.
will be an exclusive opportunity to see Ms. Nixon in her only
scheduled Los Angeles area concert appearances for Fall, 2006.
contact: Philip Sokoloff, (626) 683-9205