The Ghostess With the Mostess

You’ve probably never seen Marni Nixon, but you’ve heard her singing.  She was the go-to girl for years when non-singing actresses starred in movie musicals.  Most notably she sang for Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.  And, perhaps most interesting of all, she was instructed to never admit that she “ghosted” for those actresses.  But finally the truth came out as it usually does.

In an interview on WQXR, Nixon tells her intriguing story to Marilyn Horne, one of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of the 20th century.  On the same program there is a tribute to singer and actress Deanna Durbin who recently died at the age of 91, and we learn a little about Grace Moore.

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