Two Fair Ladies, Taking on a Grand New Role Two stage and screen veterans, both intimately associated with the role of Eliza Doolittle, have graduated to play My Fair Lady's deliciously imposing dowager, Mrs. Higgins. Liane Hansen goes backstage at the Kennedy Center for a chat with Sally Anne Howes and Marni Nixon.
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Two Fair Ladies, Taking on a Grand New Role

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Two Fair Ladies, Taking on a Grand New Role

Two Fair Ladies, Taking on a Grand New Role

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Loverly: Sally Ann Howes took over the part of Eliza Doolittle from Julie Andrews in the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady. Friedman-Abeles/Photofest hide caption

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Marni Nixon dubbed Audrey Hepburn's voice in the film -- and played Eliza onstage as well, in this 1964 My Fair Lady at New York's City Center. Alix Jeffrey/Photofest hide caption

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Nixon as Mrs. Higgins; Trevor Nunn's remounting puts My Fair Lady's characters in mourning blacks after the death of the English monarch. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Howes steps out of Nunn's production today, as the tour closes in Washington, D.C., and prepares to move to Chicago. Joan Marcus hide caption

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