Trivia / My Fair Lady

  • Accidentally Correct Writing: A frequently-cut verse of "You Did It" has Higgins quoting Karpathy as saying "She's as Hungarian as the First Hungarian Rhapsody!". No points for guessing which nationality said music isn't.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Creator Backlash: Audrey Hepburn felt miscast as Eliza Doolittle and felt that Julie Andrews should have got it.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Audrey Hepburn was in her mid-thirties when she played the 21-year-old Eliza in the film adaptation. The life of an apparently quite poor flower girl in those days probably would have aged the character of Eliza beyond her years; in this case, Dawson Casting may have been justified. Furthermore, Audrey always looked younger than she actually was.
    • The 30 year-old Jeremy Brett was cast as 20-year-old Freddie so Hepburn would not seem too old in comparison.
  • Non-Singing Voice:
    • Marni Nixon did most of Audrey Hepburn's singing for the movie; this is at least partially responsible for the Award Snub. And no, Marni Nixon's name appeared nowhere in the original credits. However, when video of Hepburn's original vocal performances was released in the 1990's, many fans found Nixon's overdubbing to be completely unnecessary.
    • Also, Jeremy Brett as Freddy was dubbed by Bill Shirley (AKA Roger (singing) and Prince Philip). Out of all of them, Brett was the one who could sing (look him up on YouTube), but his singing voice was thought too mature for Freddy. Brett was apparently not informed that he would be dubbed until afterwards. And he was pissed.
    • Rex Harrison had to avert this for himself. He explained to the production that he never performed a song the same way twice, and therefore would be unable to provide realistic lip-synching for a song he performed earlier in a studio. To accommodate, he was fitted with a wireless microphone in his tie and his songs were recorded as he performed them. When you watch him in the film, that's actually him singing at that moment. (Though Rex Harrison couldn't actually sing either, but he developed a sort of recitative to compensate.)
  • What Could Have Been:
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