Classic film version of the Lerner and Loewe musical about a stately professor who transforms a lower class girl into a stunning lady. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture!
Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn, vocal by Marni Nixon) demonstrates her improved elocution to Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) in the Lerner and Loewe number, The Rain In Spain, in My Fair Lady, 1964.
Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle performs Wouldn't It Be Loverly? (vocal by Marni Nixon) early in the Academy Award-winning the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady, 1964.
The famous flower montage by director George Cukor, Andre Previn conducting the overture from the Lerner and Loewe score, opening My Fair Lady, 1964, starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn.
The now-refined street urchin Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) takes out her frustrations on her teacher Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison) in My Fair Lady 1959, based on the Lerner-Loewe musical and directed by George Cukor.
My Fair Lady -- Clip: A blunder heard around the tracks
My Fair Lady -- A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
My Fair Lady -- Clip: Eliza works on her pronunciation with help from professor Higgins
My Fair Lady -- Clip: Eliza sings Wouldn't it be Loverly
My Fair Lady -- Eliza sings The Rain in Spain
My Fair Lady -- Clip: Eliza finds a friend in Mrs. Higgins
My Fair Lady -- Clip: Eliza asks Professor Higgins for speech lessons
Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), an arrogant, irascible professor of phonetics, boasts to a new acquaintance, Colonel Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), that he can teach any woman to speak so 'properly' that he could pass her off as a duchess. The person whom he is shown thus teaching is one Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), a young woman with a horrendous Cockney accent who is selling flowers on the street. After overhearing this, Eliza finds her way to the professor's house and offers to pay for speech lessons, so that she can work in a flower shop. Pickering is intrigued and wagers that Higgins cannot back up his claim; Higgins takes Eliza on free of charge as a challenge to his skills.
Eliza's father, Alfred P. Doolittle (Stanley Holloway), a dustman, arrives three days later, ostensibly to protect his daughter's virtue, but in reality simply to extract some money from Higgins, and is bought off with 5. Higgins is impressed by the man's genuineness, natural gift for language and especially his brazen lack of morals (Doolittle explains, 'Can't afford 'em!').
Eliza goes through many forms of speech training, such as speaking with marbles in her mouth and trying to recite the sentence 'In Hertford, Hereford, Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen' without dropping the 'h', and to say 'The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain' rather than 'The rine in spine sties minely in the pline'. At first, she makes no progress (due to Higgins's harsh approach to teaching), but just as she, Higgins, and Pickering are exhausted and about to give up, Higgins softens his attitude and gives an eloquent speech about the beauty and history behind the English language. Eliza tries one more time and finally 'gets it'; she instantly begins to speak with an impeccable upper class accent.
Higgins takes her on her first public appearance to Ascot Racecourse, where she makes a good impr
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