Marni Nixon ensured herself a proper place in film history although most moviegoers would not recognize her if they passed her on the street. But if you heard her, that might be a horse of a different color. Marni is one of those (pardon the pun) unsung heroes whose incredible talents were given short shrift at the time.

For those who think film superstars such as Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, and Audrey Hepburn possessed not only powerhouse dramatic talents but amazing singing voices as well…think again. Kerr’s Anna in “The King and I” (1956), Natalie’s Maria in “West Side Story” (1961), and Audrey’s Eliza in “My Fair Lady” (1964) were all dubbed by the amazing Marni Nixon, and nowhere in the credits will you find that fact.

Twentieth Century-Fox insisted Nixon sign a contract that she would not reveal that she dubbed any part of Kerr’s vocals in “The King and I.” Were she to do so, the studio threatened that they would see to it that she never worked “in this town (i.e., Hollywood) again.” Kerr, who worked extremely closely, and extremely well, with Nixon thought this was very unfair and she herself who revealed the secret of the dubbing in an interview with the popular syndicated columnist Earl Wilson.

Even though dubbing Wood in “West Side Story” was Nixon’s chief assignment, Nixon also did one number for Rita Moreno; as Moreno had a cold and could not sing the end of the “Tonight Quintet,” the filmmakers asked Nixon to do the end. So she is singing two voices at once.

“The anonymity didn’t bother me until I sang Natalie Wood’s songs in ‘West Side Story’. Then I saw how important my singing was to the picture. I was giving my talent, and somebody else was taking the credit.”

Having dubbed Wood as well as Moreno, Nixon felt she deserved a cut of the movie-album royalties. Neither the movie or the record producers would bow to her demands. Leonard Bernstein broke the stalemate by volunteering a percentage of his income, a gesture of loyalty-royalty since Nixon had been a performer-colleague of his at New York Philharmonic concerts. He ceded one-quarter of one percent of his royalties to her (a generous amount).

Providing the voice of the geese in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” (1964), Nixon finally appeared on screen in the box-office musical “The Sound of Music” (1965) starring Julie Andrews. The role is a minor one, however, and she is only given a couple of ensemble scenes and solo lines in “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” as a singing nun. (IMDb)

Who was Marni Nixon, the ‘ghost singer’ behind Hollywood’s famous actresses? – Classic FM

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she hosted a children’s television show in Seattle on KOMO-TV channel 4 called Boomerang, winning four Emmy Awards as best actress. This is where her story begins for me when I saw her on Boomerang and began watching and listening for her in the movie re-runs on TV. I hope I didn’t burst any bubbles. I could recognize her voice anywhere.

The link included above lists all her other credits. Be amazed.

Marni Nixon, Voice of the Stars
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