My Fair Lady – Audrey Hepburn’s Own Voice

Audrey HepburnThe songs that were sung by Audrey Hepburn in the musical My Fair Lady were actually dubbed over by Marni Nixon, an American soprano and playback singer for leading actresses in movie musicals such as The King and I, My Fair Lady and West Side Story.

Audrey's own voice was judged inadequate and I think everyone agrees. Although dubbed over, Audrey's own voice can be heard in certain segments in the song Just You Wait. The other actor who had his voice dubbed over was Jeremy Brett (On The Street Where You Live) – the actual voice belonged to Bill Shirley.

My Fair Lady is based on a play written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Academy Award (1938) for his work on the 1938 film Pygmalion which starred Leslie Howard, whom some may remember as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind.


Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle singing "Wouldn't it be Loverly" in the movie 'My Fair Lady':

Wouldn't it be loverly – lyrics

It's rather dull in town, I think I'll take me to Paree.
The mistress wants to open up
The castle in Capri.
Me doctor recommends a quiet summer by the sea!
Mmmm, Mmmm, wouldn't it be loverly?

All I want is a room somewhere,
Far away from the cold night air.
With one enormous chair,
Aow, wouldn't it be loverly?
Lots of choc'lates for me to eat,
Lots of coal makin' lots of 'eat.
Warm face, warm 'ands, warm feet,
Aow, wouldn't it be loverly?
Aow, so loverly sittin' abso-bloomin'-lutely still.
I would never budge 'till spring
Crept over me windowsill.
Someone's 'ead restin' on my knee,
Warm an' tender as 'e can be. 'ho takes good care of me,
Aow, wouldn't it be loverly?
Loverly, loverly, loverly, loverly

I Could Have Danced All Night – Audrey Hepburn 's own voice:

Just You Wait – Audrey Hepburn 's own voice:


Without You – Audrey Hepburn 's own voice:

A song which Audrey Hepburn sang herself and was not dubbed was Moon River, the theme song from the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. She sang it with a natural sadness and this original version is the best version of this song, although a few singers have also sung the song later on, like Andy Williams (yawn…). The song was composed by Henry Mancini and the lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Moon River by Audrey Hepburn – original movie version:

Moon River lyrics:

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you're going I'm going your way.

Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end–
waiting 'round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

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