Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Marni Nixon---"Stunt Voice" With Local Ties

Most people have heard of stunt men who fill in for stars on dangerous acts.  Marni Nixon was a ghost voice in movies like My Fair Lady, The King And I, and West Side Story,  in each case, she was behind the scenes, voicing the singing parts for the leading ladies.  The New York Times called her "American cinema's most unsung singer." Since she didn't get credit for her parts.  Nowadays, that could start a scandal as in the case of  Milli Vanilli, a musical act from the 1980s that used uncredited vocalists with behind the good looking "band  members" whose voices were not used in their video.
 She was also a former Mercer Island resident, who hosted a children's show known as "Boomerang" on KOMO in the late 70s and early 80s.  She was the mother of the late pop singer Andrew Gold, who died in 2011. Marni Nixon passed away last Sunday.  

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