Marni Nixon (b. 1930), dubbed musicals,
first appeared in The Sound of Music
Sister Sophia (second from left) singing
"Maria" in nuns chorus (Sound of Music)
Deborah Kerr as Anna
Natalie Wood as Maria
Audrey Hepburn as Eliza
Marni Nixon sang
high notes for Marilyn Monroe
Robert Wise Honors Marni Nixon
in The Sound of Music
Robert Wise was just 26 when he edited
Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons,
learning from a great film mentor Orson Welles
though those classics were financial failures.
Twenty years later, Wise won Best Picture
and Best Director Oscars for West Side Story.
His Sound of Music won both awards again,
grossing more than Gone With the Wind.
On seeing Marni Nixon's name in the credits
of The Sound of Music, I was overjoyed
that her face had finally appeared in films
since her voice was behind so many musicals
dubbing for Deborah Kerr in The King and I,
Natalie Wood's Maria in West Side Story,
Audrey Hepburn's Eliza in My Fair Lady,
Marilyn in "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend".
Time called her "The Ghostess with the Mostest"
when she dubbed for Maria in West Side Story
now she's in the nuns chorus singing "Maria"
in The Sound of Music "whistles on the stair".
It is a nice gesture for Robert Wise
to cast Marni Nixon as Sister Sophia
in The Sound of Music for the Greek word
sophia means "wisdom" embodied by Wise.
Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 8-6-2014
The King and I (1956)
West Side Story (1961)
My Fair Lady (1964)
"Diamonds Are a Girl's
Best Friend" (1953)