I’m starting this new segment today, called Question Time. This is not a quiz, for that would require a general knowledge of the particular subject. No, this is more to do with a matter of opinion. More specifically, your opinion, for anyone that’s interested. So play along and enjoy.

My Fair Lady (1964) * &

Eliza Doolittle (AH)
Q° 1. Julie Andrews played the role of Eliza Doolittle, on Broadway (USA) and West End (UK) in the late 50’s, in My Fair Lady, a stage musical adaptation of the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. In Hollywood’s grand cinematic musical adaptation of My Fair Lady (1964), the role of Miss. Doolittle went to Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn gave a brilliant performance, but, for the songs, her voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon.
Would you have preferred :-
a) to hear what Audrey Hepburn’s vocals actually sounded like in lieu of Nixon’s?
b) to see Julie Andrews play the role in the movie version as well, instead of Hepburn?
c) not change anything about the movie?

Q° 2. In the end of My Fair Lady (1964), Eliza goes back to Professor Higgins. If it were set in the 60’s itself, instead of the Edwardian period, should she :-
a) have gone back to him?
b) hooked up with young Freddie, who was infatuated with her?
c) lead an independent life altogether without either of them?

Q° 3. In 1965, at the 37th Academy Awards, Rex Harrison took home the Best Actor trophy for My Fair Lady (1964), while Julie Andrews bagged the Best Actress Oscar for Mary Poppins (1964). Audrey Hepburn was not even nominated. Do you feel Audrey Hepburn should have won the Oscar that year? Or at least been nominated for My Fair Lady (1964)?

Nuwan Sen’s Film Sense