My Fair Lady (movie)
|My Fair Lady|
|Directed by||George Cukor|
|Produced by||Jack Warner|
|Written by||Alan Jay Lerner|
George Bernard Shaw
|Music by||Frederick Loewe (Music)|
Alan Jay Lerner (Lyrics)
|Edited by||William H. Ziegler|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. (Original)|
CBS Productions (current, under Paramount Pictures and CBS)
My Fair Lady is a 1964 movie based on Lerner and Lowe's 1957 stage musical of the same name. The musical and movie are based on the movie adaptation of the stage play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. The movie was directed by George Cukor. It stars Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. The story is about phonetics professor Henry Higgins. He wagers that he can turn flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) into a proper English high society lady. The movie won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Harrison), and Best Director.
Julie Andrews was the original Eliza in the stage musical. Audrey Hepburn was cast as the movie Eliza because studio head Jack Warner wanted "a star with a great deal of name recognition". Julie Andrews did not have any movie experience. He thought a movie with her would not be as successful as a movie with Hepburn. Andrews went on to star in Disney's Mary Poppins that same year. She won the Best Actress Academy Award over Hepburn.