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My Fair Lady, Play and Film

My Fair Lady,

Audrey Hepburn took the film role of Eliza Doolittle from Julie Andrews, who originated the role on Broadway. Uploaded by

George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion in 1912, but refused to allow it to be converted into a musical during his lifetime. Curmudgeon. So shortly after he died in 1950, the creative team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe acquired the rights and created My Fair Lady, a masterpiece of the musical theater.

My Fair Lady,

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My Fair Lady debuted on Broadway in 1956 with Rex Harrison starring as Henry Higgins and Julie Andrews in the part of Eliza Doolittle. The show was so popular that its original cast album was the number one album of the year. It set the record at the time for the longest running musical on Broadway.

Naturally, Hollywood wanted in on the action. Directed by George Cukor and with Audrey Hepburn now in the role of Eliza, the movie came out in 1964 and was just as popular as the play had been. It featured so many memorable songs: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won eight, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.

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