Give It a Rest, Audrey!

        George Cukor’s 1964 musical rendition of George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 Pygmalion is often revered as a classic. While this may be the case, I cannot resist my internal desire to change the channel whenever My Fair Lady is on. This could be due in part to my altogether disdain for musicals in general, but I feel as though Audrey Hepburn has something to do with it. I respect her as an actress who is highly regarded and idolized; however, her take on Eliza makes me dislike the character. I feel as though she is trying to hard, and the role feels very forced.

        In the first half, Audrey’s attempt to play a lowly “flower girl” is extremely unnatural and is somewhat awkward, to be completely honest. I am not trying to say that she is a horrible actress; I am just saying that her acting style simply does not fit with what is appropriate for the part of Eliza Doolittle. The fact is, Audrey was chosen by Jack Warner, of the Warner Brothers, to play this role because she was a successful actress, and he knew she had never made a “financial flop” of a movie. Sadly, now when people think of this story they will think of Audrey Hepburn, when in fact, soprano Julie Andrews (who was much more qualified for the part) was the one who made Eliza Doolittle famous on Broadway. Audrey Hepburn attempted to sing the parts; however, her voice was decidedly inadequate and was dubbed over by Marni Nixon.

        To sum it up, the repetitive and forced nature of the songs is annoying. The movie is extremely long, as musicals often are; but I did not enjoy it. It seemed as though, that, just when thought a song would be over, it would pick up another verse. In my head I could not help but think: “What do I have to do to make this woman stop singing?”

Sarah Willig

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