Do you know that a secret singer dubbed songs for Deborah Kerr in “An Affair to Remember” and “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story,” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”? And, even touched up some lines for Marilyn Monroe and other stars? You do?
Well, how about this one…do you know that the secret singer is Marni Nixon and that she sang for all those movies without getting any credit? You knew that too?
Okay, one last one…do you know that Nixon starred in “The Sound of Music” as a singing nun for the song, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” Did I stump you on that one?
If I didn’t stump you, give yourself mega movie points! And, while you are giving yourself those points, watch the first video of Marni Nixon narrating select clips of her career. Then, if you still want more, choose the second video to watch her sing a “Sound of Music” medley that was done during the filming of that movie.
Often referred to as “Singing Voice of the Stars,” Marni Nixon was amazing and gracious about all for whom she dubbed songs. “Stardom isn’t the goal,” says Nixon. “Staying in the industry and being successful at whatever you do is.”