My Fair Magen

         Of all the books we read and all the movies we saw, I believe My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle is the most interesting and would be the most fun to play. Every girl has dreamed of transforming into a princess-like figure; and since it is unlikely to happen in real life, I would like to pretend by acting in a movie.

         I think I would look great in the dresses Eliza wore to the races and the dance. By reading the book, I could not tell how many people admired her; but when I watched the 1964 film, directed by George Cukor and based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 Pygmalion, I craved that attention.

         I might be a prissy girl sometimes; but I also like to be a little rough around the edges every once in awhile, as Eliza (Audrey Hepburn) was before she met Higgins (Rex Harrison). Where else could I get away with talking funny and being dirty?

         Like most girls, I can be stubborn. Eliza's stubbornness is one of her great traits. Her outbursts and witty comments are portrayed better in the film than in the play. For example, near the end of the movie when she is at the house of Mrs. Higgins (Gladys Cooper) arguing with Henry, her composure and the way she phrases her words are comical.

         The only thing I would change is the singing. I do not have as good a voice as Marni Nixon, who served as Audrey Hepburn's singing voice, and the singing can get a bit annoying. When I was reading the play, the songs sounded more like poems; and that is how I would probably read them.

         As for the other characters, I would like Richard Gere to play Henry Higgins, Freddie Prinze, Jr., to play Freddie, Susan Sarandon to play Miss Higgins, and Matthew McConaughey to play Mr. Doolittle. The rest of the cast can go to new actors. Let us give them a chance as Henry gave Eliza.

         I liked Eliza's character because she is like me in the way she can be stubborn, girlie, and sometimes a little rough around the edges. The reason why I liked her most of all is that she might have changed her appearance and the way she talks, but she never changes her personality. She stays true to herself.

Magen Marksberry

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