Singer Marni Nixon

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 12, 2004

I recently bought My Fair Lady. I don’t think Audrey Hepburn did the singing. Could you please tell me who did?

—Anne H., California

That voice belongs to Marni Nixon, who also sang for Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I. Now 74 and living in New York City, Nixon still sings, appears occasionally on the show Law & Order, tours with her one-woman show, and is working on her autobiography, which she expects will be released next year. “The feeling and satisfaction I get from a live performance is what it’s really all about,” she says. “I love the perfection one can aim for, and get, in a recording and then I can admire that art object, as it were. But that’s different than the soul satisfaction of singing from one’s soul to another one’s.” Nixon has three children and five grandchildren and is married to Al Block, a retired musician who played with Miles Davis and Benny Goodman.