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I Could Have Sung All Night: My Story

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  22 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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Julie
I don’t remember when I first learned that it wasn’t Audrey Hepburn’s voice I was hearing on the “My Fair Lady” film soundtrack, but I think I was pretty young. My mom was a huge Julie Andrews fan. I’ve been told Mary Poppins was the first movie I got to see in a movie theater (1964—I would have been 3 years old) and my mom played the Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music movie soundtracks all the time while she was cleaning. Another album my mom liked to play a lot was “My Fair Lady,” but she had ...more
Valerie
Jun 22, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing
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
Skip
Feb 06, 2008 Skip rated it it was amazing
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
John Peel
Mar 10, 2016 John Peel rated it really liked it
Many people won't know who Marni Nixon is, but they will know her voice - she was the singing voice for Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady", for Deborah Kerr in "The King And I" and for Natalie Wood in "West Side Story". But she's also had a remarkable life of performance, recording and theater. Her autobiography is extremely frank and delightfully "telling" about many famous people she's worked with. Highly recommended.
Maggie
Nov 28, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jan 17, 2014 Lovely Rita rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Gretchen
Aug 14, 2016 Gretchen rated it it was ok
Lots of insider baseball and kind of a crazy meta experiment (since it was written with a ghost writer/collaborator). I think probably more appreciated by someone who was really familiar with theater and musicals.
Carol
Aug 13, 2016 Carol rated it it was ok
This biography of a very talented woman contained a lot of very interesting information and some very funny anecdotes about her career as a performer, yet somehow the book itself never became interesting.
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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Amester
Feb 16, 2016 Amester rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
A fun read, plus some insight into what life might have been like had I taken the bumpy path of acting.
Anna
Aug 26, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2011 Nina rated it liked it
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
Mar 26, 2013 Rachel Wood rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2009 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2013 Sandy rated it liked it
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
Jul 30, 2010 Adrian rated it did not like it
For such an amazing performer with such a history, this was really boring and depressing.
Beth
Aug 09, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A kind of neat book. Very interesting life.
Huling
Jun 01, 2009 Huling rated it really liked it
Lovely Lovely book by a most charming woman.
Gail
Jan 11, 2013 Gail rated it liked it
Not my cup of tea but interesting
Martha
Jul 26, 2011 Martha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
interesting read for fans...
Mary Beth
Jul 02, 2012 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
An amazing lady! Love her!
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