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Lunch Break Video: Audrey Hepburn doing her own singing in “My Fair Lady” Hepburn was the most elegant of all movie icons and I could watch her in Breakfast at Tiffanys, Roman Holiday, Funny Face and Sabrina all day long.

And then there is the magnificent My Fair Lady.

Much was made back in the early 60s when Miss Hepburn was given the role of Eliza Doolittle since Julie Andrews had been so very good on Broadway. While Audrey had a pretty voice, it did not have the power and range of Miss Andrews. She recorded the musical numbers but in the end, she was dubbed by Marnie Nixon.

It works just fine in the film but if you ever wondered what it would have been like with Audrey’s own voice, watch the clip above. Below is the dubbed version.

Do you think the director made the right decision?

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4 Remarks

  1. Yeah… I think they made the right decision. Love Audry, but not the best pipes.

  2. I actually prefer her own voice…it fits the character much better. It’s less polished and professional, and more natural. Still, she, and this film, is just mesmerizing.


  3. July 1st, 2009 at 3:54 am
    Chandler in Las Vegas says:

    Audry was a victim of her times. She had a nice vocal quality but was horribly flat. Nixon had the prettier, more technical voice and did a superb rendition of Hepburn singing. Nixon was a vocal mimic and each voice she dubbed was a GREAT imitation. Just like she did in King and I. Today, however, they would just protools the original actors voice into perfection and be done with it. Most studio bands are unable to travel and do concerts because they are tweeked beyond raw playing recognition.

  4. So very much better with Audrey’s own voice.
    Absolutely no contest whatsoever.

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