Classic movie 'ghost' singer dies

2016-07-26 11:19

New York  — The woman whose ghostly singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in such classic movie musicals as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. Hollywood voice double Marni (MARN ee) Nixon was 86.

Michael Kirsten, senior vice president of Nixon's talent agency, Harden-Curtis Associates, says she died Sunday in New York.

Nixon had a wide-ranging music and theater career. But her biggest audiences of the 1950s and '60s never saw her face.

Instead, they heard Nixon singing as they saw non-singing stars such as Natalie Wood in West Side Story. She was also Deborah Kerr's singing voice in The King and I and Audrey Hepburn's in My Fair Lady.

Listen to her singing here:

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