I am saddened to announce that Marni Nixon, one of the great sopranos of the 20th century, has passed away. Marni lent her voice to many movie musicals, dubbing over the leading ladies seen onscreen, sometimes for the whole song, sometimes for that one high note they couldn’t hit themselves. Marni Nixon is the actual singing voice in the film versions of The King and I (Anna), Maria in West Side Story and Eliza in My Fair Lady. Those three are her most well-known, but she worked for a large number of films, rarely if ever receiving screen credit for her work. One of her later credits involved being the singing voice of Grandmother Fa in Mulan.
Marni Nixon died due to breast cancer at the age of 86, and she will be greatly missed.