Marni Nixon, dubbing singer, performs Webern

She covered Deborah Kerr’s singing voice in The King and I and Audrey Hepburn’s in My Fair Lady.

But here’s how good Marni really was: bareback Webern with Robert Craft at the piano. So beautiful.

Marni Nixon died on Sunday, aged 86.

Her first husband was Ernest Gold, composer of the Exodus theme.

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  • So: an approved crossover singer?

    She also covered Natalie Wood in West Side Story.

    R.I.P. I heard her in two of those as a child.

  • My first experience with Marni Nixon’s beautiful voice and superb musicianship was her recording of Schoenberg’s Herzgewaechse — I loved the music and her soaring voice… I think I probably wore out that vinyl recording. I was about 18 and working in a university music library with a rich collection of recordings.

    It was not until many, many years later that I learned that she also worked as a ‘ghost’ singer – and in fact, I have always thought of her as a classical singer who also sang in films – just the reverse of how many others will remember her.

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