Hollywood lost a unique talent yesterday with the passing of Marni Nixon , age 86, opera singer and playback artist for several movie musicals.
Who was Marni Nixon? Listen to Audrey Hepburn sing “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady (1964). That’s not Audrey’s voice you hear; it’s Marni’s. The same can be said for Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956), Sophia Loren in Boy on a Dolphin (1956), and Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961). Ms. Nixon dubbed all of these actress’s singing voices. In addition, Ms. Nixon supplied high notes for those who couldn’t comfortably get up there, like Marilyn Monroe during the “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Natalie Wood’s high notes in Gypsy (1962). Ms. Nixon did not receive film credit for her behind-the-scenes work. Thus, she received the sobriquet “The Ghostest With The Mostest,” courtesy of Time. However, Ms. Nixon did receive onscreen time and credit as “Sister Sophia” in The Sound of Music (1965).
Although Ms. Nixon had a separate concert career, she will always be known for her exceptional skill in matching her singing voice to the speaking voices of the actresses she dubbed.
Rather than repeat the information that media have provided in the last two days, I would direct you to the following source. You will be amazed at how many people are listed whom you thought knew how to sing!
“Marni Nixon.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 25 July 2016. Web. 25 July 2016.