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I Could Have Sung All Night: My Story

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The most celebrated "voice" in Hollywood speaks for herself!


Everyone knows Marni Nixon...even if they think they don’t. One of the best-known and best-loved singing voices in the world, Nixon dubbed songs for Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, and Deborah Kerr in The King and I. She was the voice of Hollywood’s leading ladies, arriving in film
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Billboard Books
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Valerie
This is a fascinating read if you are a musical lover. The different processes that Marni Nixon went through for each movie she dubbed shows what a great artist she is. I had no idea that she not only a musical theater performer but also an opera singer. In fact, opera was her original chosen career. Sometimes I long for the days of dubbing to stay true to the integrity of the music. I know that all people are musical and can be musical. And I know that there is also a time and a place for a mus ...more
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A wonderful look at the fascinating life and career of Marni Nixon, she of the elite group of actors/actresses/singers known more for their off-screen voices than for their on-screen appearances. Known as the "Ghostess with the Mostest," Nixon dubbed the singing for Deborah Kerr in "The King and I," Natalie Wood in "West Side Story" and Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady." She has also had an interesting theatrical/concert career. There are not many who can move flawlessly from essaying "Shall We D ...more
Maggie
I picked this up on a whim and I got absorbed pretty quickly. It's a pretty well-done autobiography with enough introspection and perspective to make you forgive her admitted personal failings. Which are relatively few considering the hard work and dedication that went into her career. I knew she'd been the one that dubbed the voices for Deborah Kerr (King and I), Natalie Wood (West Side Story), and Audrey Hepburn (My Fair Lady), but I didn't know anything else about her. It was fascinating to r ...more
Lovely Rita
I picked this up on a whim and I got absorbed pretty quickly. It's a pretty well-done autobiography with enough introspection and perspective to make you forgive her admitted personal failings. Which are relatively few considering the hard work and dedication that went into her career. I knew she'd been the one that dubbed the voices for Deborah Kerr (King and I), Natalie Wood (West Side Story), and Audrey Hepburn (My Fair Lady), but I didn't know anything else about her. It was fascinating to r ...more
Amber Womack
This wonderful lady has had a long and amazing career! It's so interesting to see how LITTLE things have changed over the years----Hollywood was dubbing voices long before Britney Spears came along! Ha ha!



It is comforting to know that other artists go through the same things we all go through. Reading this book was a reminder to me that we are indeed NOT alone in our strange singer/actor brains! I also admire the fact that Marni has truly worked her whole life. I don't think she even mentioned
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Anna
this was a fascinating biography of the woman who dubbed Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady," Deborah Kerr in "The King and I," and Natalie Wood in "West Side Story." She also sang in Sound of Music (one of the nuns) and Mary Poppins (the three geese in the chalk picture farmyard), and has a rich and varied classical opera and singing career on Broadway and with symphonies, PLUS she has acted in movies and on stage, and taught acting and singing. This woman is AMAZING and yet received no credit for ...more
Nina
Very interesting book on Marni Nixon who dubbed her beautiful light soprano voice, into many Hollywood musicals, for those actresses that did not really sing. Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in "The King and I, and An Affair to Remember" just to name a few. Always in the background and seldom in the credits. However, as in most celebrity reads, there are many pages that make for dry reading. Amazing story nonetheless.
Modisettwilson
It helps to have a mother who keeps EVERYTHING with your name in it. Her's did, as did she, so it wasn't a good 'read' in terms of plot/intrigue/situations, but was amazing in that she had such a varied career. According to her she usually went with the flow, but there had to be a lot of drive behind it.
Rachel Wood
Wow, what a career she had. I have always loved to tell people that she was the one behind the voice of Eliza Dolittle, Anna, and Maria but I never knew her story. I wish I could have seen her in some of her broadway shows. A wonderful read.
Erin
Started off a little stiff, but got interesting once she got to the events she really remembered, around late teens/early 20s. Made me want to go have a musical movie marathon!
Sandy
I enjoyed reading about the process of dubbing singing voices in film which Marni Nixon did for King and I, West Side Story and others.
Adrian
For such an amazing performer with such a history, this was really boring and depressing.
Beth
A kind of neat book. Very interesting life.
Huling
Lovely Lovely book by a most charming woman.
Gail
Not my cup of tea but interesting
Martha
interesting read for fans...
Mary Beth
An amazing lady! Love her!
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