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At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, My Fair Lady was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion. Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, dishevelled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). After delivering a musical tirade against "verbal class distinction," Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next morning, face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins' doorstep, offering to pay him to teach her to be a lady. "It's almost irresistable," clucks Higgins. "She's so deliciously low. So horribly dirty." He turns his mission into a sporting proposition, making a bet with Pickering that he can accomplish his six-month miracle to turn Eliza into a lady. This is one of the all-time great movie musicals, featuring classic songs and the legendary performances of Harrison, repeating his stage role after Cary Grant wisely turned down the movie job, and Stanley Holloway as Eliza's dustman father. Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza on Broadway but producer Jack Warner felt that Andrews, at the time unknown beyond Broadway, wasn't bankable; Hepburn's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed Natalie Wood in Natalie Wood (1961). Andrews instead made Natalie Wood, for which she was given the Best Actress Oscar, beating out Hepburn. The movie, however, won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Harrison, and five other Oscars, and it remains one of the all-time best movie musicals. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 21, 1964

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andre Previn Best Adapted Score 1964 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Audrey Hepburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gladys Cooper Best Supporting Actress 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George Cukor Best Director 1964 Winner
Directors Guild of America George Cukor Best Director 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Cukor Best Director 1964 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts George Cukor Best Film - Any Source 1965 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rex Harrison Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rex Harrison Best Actor 1964 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Rex Harrison Best Actor 1964 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Stanley Holloway Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Holloway Best Supporting Actor 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Jay Lerner Best Adapted Screenplay 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack L. Warner Best Picture 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William H. Ziegler Best Editing 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Stradling Best Color Cinematography 1964 Winner

Cast

Audrey Hepburn
as Eliza Doolittle
Rex Harrison
as Prof. Henry Higgins
Stanley Holloway
as Alfred P. Doolittle
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Col. Pickering
Gladys Cooper
as Mrs. Higgins
Jeremy Brett
as Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Theodore Bikel
as Zoltan Karpathy
Mona Washbourne
as Mrs. Pearce
John Holland
as Butler
John Alderson
as Jamie
Frank Baker
as Elegant Bystander
William Beckley
as Footman
Oscar Beregi
as Greek Ambassador
Diana Bourbon
as Ascot Type
Walter Burke
as Main Bystander
Colin Campbell
as Ascot Gavotte
Robert Coote
Natalie Core
Maurice Dallimore
as Selsey Man
Pauline Drake
Harvey B. Dunn
Martin Eric
Joe Evans
Monika Henreid
Clyde Howdy
Kendrick Huxham
Phyllis Kennedy
Colin Kenny
Alma Lawton
as Flower Girl
Queenie Leonard
as Cockney Bystander
Laurie Main
as Hoxton Man
Sid Marion
Owen McGiveney
as Man at Coffee Stand
John McLiam
as Harry
Carol Merrill
John Mitchum
as Ad Libs at Church
Barbara Morrison
Pat O'Moore
as Man
Richard Peel
George Pelling
Hilda Plowright
as Bystander
Jack Raine
David Robel
as Cockney
Victor Rogers
as Policeman
Orville Sherman
Geoffrey Steele
as Taxi Driver
William Taylor
Gwendolyn Watts
as Cook
Ron Whelan
as Algernon/Bartender
Ben Wright
as Footman at Ball
Ben Wrigley
Eric Heath
James O'Hara
as Costermonger
Raymond Foster
Jack Greening
as George
Allyson Daniell
as Ad Libs at Ascot
Tom Cound
Stanley Fraser
Anne Dore
Marjorie Bennett
as Cockney with Pipe
Betty Blythe
as Ad Lib at Ball
Henry Daniell
as Gregor of Transylvania
Isobel Elsom
as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
Ayllene Gibbons
as Fat Woman at Pub
Sam Harris
as Guest at Ball
Lillian Kemble-Cooper
as Lady Ambassador
Moyna MacGill
as Lady Boxington
Alan Napier
as Ambassador
Marni Nixon
as Eliza [singing]
Barbara Pepper
as Doolittle's Dance Partner
Grady Sutton
as Dancer at Ball
Ben Wright
as Footman at Ball
Grady Sutton
as Dancer at Ball
David Robel
as Cockney
Geoffrey Steele
as Taxi Driver
Moyna MacGill
as Lady Boxington
James O'Hara
as Costermonger
Victor Rogers
as Policeman
Sam Harris
as Guest at Ball
Ron Whelan
as Algernon/Bartender
Ayllene Gibbons
as Fat Woman at Pub
Marni Nixon
as Eliza [singing]
Betty Blythe
as Ad Lib at Ball
Jack Greening
as George
Lillian Kemble-Cooper
as Lady Ambassador
John Alderson
as Jamie
Henry Daniell
as Gregor of Transylvania
Gwendolyn Watts
as Cook
Marjorie Bennett
as Cockney with Pipe
Diana Bourbon
as Ascot Type
Walter Burke
as Main Bystander
Oscar Beregi
as Greek Ambassador
Maurice Dallimore
as Selsey Man
Allyson Daniell
as Ad Libs at Ascot
John Mitchum
as Ad Libs at Church
Colin Campbell
as Ascot Gavotte
Barbara Pepper
as Doolittle's Dance Partner
Laurie Main
as Hoxton Man
Isobel Elsom
as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
Queenie Leonard
as Cockney Bystander
Owen McGiveney
as Man at Coffee Stand
Alan Napier
as Ambassador
Pat O'Moore
as Man
Frank Baker
as Elegant Bystander
John McLiam
as Harry
Alma Lawton
as Flower Girl
William Beckley
as Footman
Hilda Plowright
as Bystander

Crew

George Cukor
Director
Jack L. Warner
Producer
Alan Jay Lerner
Screenwriter
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Andre Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Andre Previn
Musical Direction/Supervision
William H. Ziegler
Editor
David Berman
Costume Designer
Linwood G. Dunn
Special Effects
Hermes Pan
Choreography
Gordon Bau
Makeup
Alan Jay Lerner
Book (Musical)
Alan Jay Lerner
Lyricist
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