An Evening with Marni Nixon
Interview with Q&A Fabulous Film Clips
Book and CD Signing Reception
CURATED BY DR. JUD NEWBORN
"Marni Nixon is the unacknowledged star of some of the greatest Hollywood musicals of all time. At last in her autobiography she comes out from behind the screen and takes a richly deserved bow." -Roger Ebert
"Marni has the voice that every actress wishes she had herself." -Frances MacDormand
"Marni Nixon is a legend." -Christopher Walken
If you are a fan of such classic movie musicals as West Side Story, Gypsy, The King and I, and My Fair Lady, you are a fan of the singing of the incomparable Marni Nixon. Her name wasn't on the credits of those legendary movies, but when Natalie Wood, Deborah Kerr, and Audrey Hepburn opened their mouths to sing, the voice you heard was Marni Nixon.
Join us as the Cinema Arts Centre honors Marni Nixon, the stunning voice behind those great musicals not to mention Marilyn Monroe's high notes in "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," Deborah Kerr's song in An Affair to Remember, and the angelic voices Ingrid Bergman hears in Joan of Arc. She co-starred and sang as Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music, and was the voice of Grandma Fa in Walt Disney's Mulan. Dubbed by Time Magazine as "the Ghostess with the Mostess," Marni Nixon won top billing last year as winner of the prestigious 2011 George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to American Music. With a career spanning movies, television and Broadway to opera and symphonic performances, Ms. Nixon is also the recipient of four Emmy Awards for Best Actress and two Classical Grammy nominations, and has sung under her own name with Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, Zubin Mehta and Arnold Schoenberg. She has also been the singing sidekick with Victor Borge and Liberace.
The evening's interview, conducted by the Cinema Arts Centre's Special Projects Curator, Dr. Jud Newborn, will be interspersed with a fabulous array of historic film clips both legendary and rare, along with audience Q&A.
During the reception that follows, Ms. Nixon will sign copies of her fascinating, richly illustrated memoir, I Could Have Sung All Night (forward by lifelong friend Marilyn Horne), as well as her generously retrospective CD. The latter includes a wide array of her popular and classical repertoire, as well her landmark film recordings of such songs as "Hello, Young Lovers," "I Feel Pretty," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," and of course, "I Could Have Danced All Night."
Continuing to perform and record at age 82, Ms. Nixon will make her varied career the subject of a new one-woman cabaret show, Mostly Marni Nixon. http://www.marninixon.com/.
"Marni's memoir is as breezy, high-spirited, and candid as a conversation with Marni herself." - Sheldon Harnick
"Marni's bookprovides an intimate look at the often mysterious workings of the inner world of American film, music, and theater." - John Williams
"Marni has created a compelling chronicle of her extraordinary musical lifemoving, exciting and inspirational, and she shares it with wit, candor, and heart." - Michael Feinstein
"All through my tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic one name stood out whenever singing in the movies or engaging a soprano of real professional caliber was concerned: Marni Nixon!" - Zubin Mehta
"The only word to fit Marni Nixon is PHENOMENAL! Bravissima!" - William Bolcom and Joan Morris
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