Mary Poppins, Eliza Doolittle, and Julie Andrews' Oscar

  • Published on Dec 13, 2018
  • Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway, but wasn't cast in the film adaptation. Audrey Hepburn, who ended up playing Eliza, caused a scandal when it was revealed that she didn't sing her own songs. In this video, I walk you through this whole situation and explain how it resulted in Julie's Oscar.
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  • Carla Iris
    Carla Iris 13 hours ago

    TNT showed My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn's performance of the songs a few years back. That version showed even more of Audrey's charm and versatility in the role, and even more importantly, it showed her performance as "all of a piece." The Marni Nixon-dubbed version has several off-kilter, what-the-heck moments where the incongruity of it all shows. That doesn't take away from Nixon's performance and ability. I stopped the video to read her comments quoted in a newspaper about how she didn't just sing; she adjusted her voice and expression according to the way the actress moved, how she walked, how she varied her tones. It's just that I enjoyed MFL with Hepburn's singing more. And when you compare it to Vanessa Redgrave's singing in Camelot a few years later ... (shudder).

  • Guinn Berger
    Guinn Berger 16 hours ago

    As much as I love Dick Van Dyke, and the fact that he had all the right dance moves... he could NOT do a Cockney accent to save his life. His accent disability kept getting in the way of my believing his character in Disney's film version of _Mary Poppins._ But it never seemed to be a distraction for anybody else.

  • Rachel Moore
    Rachel Moore Day ago

    It was rare for a Broadway Star to carry a role onto the big screen. I believe Carol Channing made 'Hello Dolly" into a Broadway hit yet the movie role went to Barbra Streisand. Ms. Hepburn was so mistreated. I was nineteen, but I remember it well. Las Vegas, NV July 20, 2019

  • Richard19551
    Richard19551 Day ago

    This was so wonderfully presented - and the narrator is superb.

  • carbonunit
    carbonunit Day ago

    I'm Mary Poppins Y'all...

  • Anne Teller
    Anne Teller 2 days ago

    I think your comment about stage stars not being as talented as screens stars is totally off the mark. Maybe when movies first began, there was a transition period because people didn't understand the movie camera as well and how movements must be small, whereas on the stage, movements should be large. Next there was the period of the musicals when movies did hire people who could sing, dance and act, or they dubbed in the singing. However, true stage stars are incredibly talented. They must be able to act, dance and sing, whereas, screen stars must be able to act. If they can also sing and dance, it's just icing on the cake. And there are times, they hire people who cannot even act.
    No where is this difference between stage and screen stars more evident than when they brought Les Miserables to the screen. Like Jack Warner, they thought they must have big name screen actors in the lead roles, when in reality, the name of the play would have carried the movie. With the exception of the 3 big name screen stars, the rest of the actors were from the stage and had acted in this play on the stage. The stage actors were so much more talented for this type movie, they ran away with it. I kept coming out of the movie because of the casting, and all I could think about how the stage actors were running away with the movie and how excellent they were and how they should use more stage actors in lead roles in movies that involve singing and dancing. The screen stars could not sing nearly as well as the stage stars. One of the screen stars could not sing at all. They should have dubbed his singing. The female lead could sing some, but not nearly as well as the stage stars. The 3rd screen star did a decent job singing, but nothing to write home about. This huge difference between screen and stage stars brings the audience out of the movie when they should stay immersed in the roles because they are believable.

  • ysgol3
    ysgol3 2 days ago

    Julie - a truly truly brilliant talent in a world almost filled with mediocrity.

  • Mel Kerridge
    Mel Kerridge 4 days ago

    I was a small child when I saw the Sound of Music and then My Fair Lady (maybe 5 or 6) and, even as a child, I was outraged that they hadn't cast Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady.

  • Anton Maslowski
    Anton Maslowski 5 days ago

    11:49 Alright, Dame Julie, clap back. Respect.

  • Nx Doyle
    Nx Doyle 5 days ago

    "Revenge"? Do people think about words before splattering them on us?

  • okonh0wp
    okonh0wp 6 days ago +1

    Does anyone else like Hepburn in My Fair Lady more than Andrews in Mary Poppins?

  • ofer barsadeh
    ofer barsadeh 9 days ago

    this story constantly underestimates jack warner in his decision. saying he wanted a star contradicts what is said a moment earlier: everyone expected! there's a good chance he was right for another reason. Andrews was not yet experienced enough in film to have successfully relinquished years of stage performance in this role. she would have overacted.

  • Sarah Michelle Gilligan

    Julia Andrews never held any sort of grudge and Jack Warner's decision was perfectly understandable = Hepburn was a huge Oscar winning star coming of mega hit movies like THE NUNS STORY and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS. Never quite understood why Audrey was denied an Oscar nomination because her voice was dubbed on some songs - Rita Moreno was similarly dubbed on WEST WIDE STORY but she still won the Oscar.

  • mckavitt
    mckavitt 15 days ago

    Nice nasal Amurcan voice. I’m outa here at 1:22. No thanks, despite the info. Why can’t people, even Americans, sound professional?

  • Sam Triginelli
    Sam Triginelli 17 days ago

    Your videos are so good

  • Tishon Harry
    Tishon Harry 17 days ago

    Audrey's performance was amazing though. I understand Jack warners concerns I would have done the same thing. I think audrey was left out because of spite.

  • Wenonah Clayton
    Wenonah Clayton 21 day ago +2

    I love the writing and narration behind this video. The story itself was and is interesting but again, the writing and narration is equally attractive. Great job!

  • Comrade Jason
    Comrade Jason 22 days ago

    If someone could make a video like this about Christina winning the Grammy over Britney in 2000 that would be great.

  • Hal T
    Hal T 24 days ago

    Excellent review. Excellent.

  • girlhead4477
    girlhead4477 24 days ago

    Both Julie and Audrey were and are incredibly classy women- and this shows through their handling of this situation.

  • Sylvia Carlson
    Sylvia Carlson 24 days ago

    All the Actresses were wonderful, but I don't believe it was Racist. Liza's role was difficult and she could sing, dance and act.

    • Mark Ant
      Mark Ant 5 days ago

      @Chris Norton Oh when Sylvia mentioned racism , I thought she meant there was some anglo bashing going on or something, like the comment underneath that stated she was probably confused with the recent luney accusation that Dick Van Dyke`s scene in Mary Poppins was racist because he has a black face after being in chimneys and jokes that he is black as new gates knocker, which is a famous giant knocker in London and is black.

    • Chris Norton
      Chris Norton 5 days ago

      @Mark Ant - ? I don't understand either the original comment or your reply. People seem to be talking at cross purposes. There is nothing remotely racist about the Eliza Doolittle character. What on earth has Englishness got to do with it? Julie was English and Audrey also travelled on a British passport.

    • Mark Ant
      Mark Ant 5 days ago

      @Chris Norton English is not a race it`s a nationality, a lot of Americans are descended from the brits that came over along with of Europeans centuries ago, someone should tell that European American Trump that.

    • Chris Norton
      Chris Norton 19 days ago

      I think she was getting confused with the flimsy racism accusations made about the Mary Poppins film.

    • musicaltheatergeek79
      musicaltheatergeek79 23 days ago

      Who said it was racist?

  • Jayfive276
    Jayfive276 25 days ago

    Oh sure I'd go with Audrey...but I'd still be thinking about Julie...

  • Robert Prophet
    Robert Prophet 25 days ago

    Does any one know if a my fair lady cut exists with the original vocal tracks sung by Audrey Hepburn?

  • sda chik
    sda chik 26 days ago

    Men as grrrls and grrrls as men what role was that for kids?

  • free032108
    free032108 26 days ago

    Super interesting video - thank you. This is a fascinating story.

  • Lizzy Brue
    Lizzy Brue 28 days ago

    Reminds me of singing in the rain😁

  • Anthony Marquez
    Anthony Marquez 29 days ago +1

    Julia throwing that shade

  • FlickerFlame
    FlickerFlame 29 days ago

    Audrey did an incredible job still though. Wouldn't be the same without her really.

  • Rickest Rick
    Rickest Rick Month ago

    Excuse my ignorance, but what movie that year was about abortion?

  • Riot Jayne
    Riot Jayne Month ago

    "Ironically no..."
    Fucking died. I had no idea.

  • Sadie Neufeld-Wall
    Sadie Neufeld-Wall Month ago

    Marni Nixon is so talented! Certainly the Ghostess with the Mostest!

  • Katie Eckler
    Katie Eckler Month ago +1

    I love these videos, they’re so informative and well researched.

  • Marshan Thomas
    Marshan Thomas Month ago

    i loved juile

  • Marshan Thomas
    Marshan Thomas Month ago

    new to your channel n i enjoy it. n i enjoy your voice plz follow my page thanks

  • 2Uahoj
    2Uahoj Month ago

    Julie would not have been as good in the movie role as Audrey. She is too confident, where Eliza must be both confident and vulnerable. Audrey also had much more of the "little girl" quality needed for the role. Julie with her large presence and voice was more suited for the stage version. Warner made the right choice.

  • Sagiri Izumi
    Sagiri Izumi Month ago

    No one is better than Andrews. Period. This is only when people learned it.

  • Gregory Keith
    Gregory Keith Month ago

    Anyone watched "My Fair Lady" recently? It's stupendously awful. really, really, awful. except for the costumes at Ascot, it is a terrible film.

  • Danielle Stalter
    Danielle Stalter Month ago +6

    Did I hear.... an air horn when Julie called out Jack Warner?

  • Alex
    Alex Month ago

    ghostess with the mostest lol

  • 1 trschaefer
    1 trschaefer Month ago +3

    Well... Audrey Hepburn was an excellent Eliza. And she was a much better film actress than Jule Andrews. The Academy Award to Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins was really ludicrous.

  • Pemmi
    Pemmi Month ago

    I honestly love both Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn dearly, and I think this shows just how the press always tries to pit women against each other, which in my opinion is just absolutely horrendous

  • Ratso444
    Ratso444 Month ago

    Audrey Hepburn was marvelous as Eliza Doolittle!

  • PenelopeDinkledong S
    PenelopeDinkledong S Month ago +1

    I always wondered about this...thanks for clarifying

  • legalmemories
    legalmemories Month ago

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  • Raider 2099
    Raider 2099 Month ago

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  • Spooky Stela
    Spooky Stela Month ago

    God I love this channel

  • Marlena Sien
    Marlena Sien Month ago +1

    This is only my second video watching of yours... but you are a genius.
    So well-put together, so original. Beautiful.
    Thank you :)

  • Matthew Sawczyn
    Matthew Sawczyn Month ago +1

    2:52 I think this role solidified the reason we say Audrey was far more than the Breakfast at Tiffany's persona. She had a powerful range, seen best in her incredible Eliza portrayal

  • André Heizer Filmmaker

    Damn what an excellent little history lesson. Always love your videos and takes.

  • Xtimespro 22
    Xtimespro 22 Month ago

    Whats the background music called at around 6 minutes!!!!????

  • Kyra Sirena
    Kyra Sirena Month ago +1

    Two of my favorite movies, and two of my favorite actresses. In the end, what remains is this: two legends and two classics.

  • Karen Mata
    Karen Mata Month ago

    warner should’ve kept audrey hepburn’s actual voice when singing before the transformation (so the songs before ‘the rain in spain’) since it made the cockney singing seem authentic. after the transformation, it’s understandable to have someone dub her singing because the songs after ‘the rain in spain’ is pretty damn high. during ‘just you wait’, majority is audrey singing besides the middle part of the song. she sang a single line in ‘i could’ve danced all night’. yes audrey’s voice wasn’t high, but it made the character more authentic if they kept it

  • Lakrids Pibe
    Lakrids Pibe Month ago

    14:20: "Mary Poppins fit some themes that were generally favored by the Academy in the 1960s. I talked about this in depth in my 1969 episode...." So, is the 1969 episode in the pipeline?

  • steveb1164
    steveb1164 Month ago +2

    Oh, please. Hepburn's recordings ARE terrible. She could carry a tune--barely--but couldn't sing.

  • Cathrine JP
    Cathrine JP Month ago +1

    Is John Boyega a time traveller? (16 minute mark)

  • John Cassidy
    John Cassidy Month ago

    I love this particular tale of two actresses, brilliantly told here!

  • Karen Baumgartel
    Karen Baumgartel Month ago

    Man, those studio runners were/are such a** holes! Also to Marni Nixon, an amazing singer who got caught in the middle of many problems and fights.

  • Daniela Chamorro
    Daniela Chamorro Month ago

    “No. No. Ironically no” 😂😂😂 Amazing

  • Ben Fisher
    Ben Fisher Month ago

    Kim Stanley should have won the oscar that year for 'Seance on a wet afternoon ' her performance was the best acting that year.

  • Kerrie Thompson
    Kerrie Thompson Month ago

    Can we just give a quick shout out to Debbie Reynolds for her performance in The Unskinkabke Molly Brown. She was excellent in that role and it was said it was her favorite role. If Julie wasn't nominated that year I'm sure Debbie would have won. Just saying.

  • Santa Monica Dave
    Santa Monica Dave Month ago

    As much as we may wish that Andrews had been cast in "My Fair Lady," it would likely have meant someone else would have played Mary Poppins... which is unimaginable!

  • Jeff Bloomfield
    Jeff Bloomfield Month ago

    Jack Warner also wanted to replace Stanley Holloway with James Cagney as "Alfred Doolittle".

  • Steve Weinstein
    Steve Weinstein Month ago

    Audrey Hepburn: Great as a duchess, unbelievable as a Cockney flower girl.

  • 5D or Bust Catherine Lee Jones

    They're both trannies...transgenders...MEN. Wake up to all that you see in magazines and on TV...are trannies. You don't get to become a 'star' unless you are a transgender...sell your soul to satan and join club baphomet.

  • alan brooke
    alan brooke 2 months ago

    That’s Dame Julie to you.

  • Isabel Thorstad
    Isabel Thorstad 2 months ago

    “As many dorm rooms will tell you” I died I just got called out so hard hahaha

  • eddy alvarez
    eddy alvarez 2 months ago

    Jack Warner was a straight up asshole.

  • Christine Cummings
    Christine Cummings 2 months ago

    Julie is so beautiful

  • peperainbow
    peperainbow 2 months ago

    That was super interesting, I had no idea! I love both movies by the way

  • rene gonzalez
    rene gonzalez 2 months ago

    omg i love this channel... kinda a new to me but so happy I've subscribed now!

  • PhantomifyEponine
    PhantomifyEponine 2 months ago +1

    "which.... *IMAGINE*"
    i totally lost it there. btw i love your videos!!!! very insightful, smart, and thoroughly well-reesearched

  • brih Mendiola
    brih Mendiola 2 months ago

    I love Audrey Hepburn's response when told that her "Moon River" rendition in Breakfast at Tyffany's will be overdubbed. Her response: "Over my dead body." And the song was released as a single and was a hit.

  • TheAbc45678
    TheAbc45678 2 months ago

    The majority of people alive today would not know about these events, or who won the Oscar that year, so why not find a dozen people who haven't seen the movies containing these five nominated best pictures actresses, have them watch the movies, and have them vote on their own Best Actress, and display the results here? Who knows who would win?

  • Bob Levittan
    Bob Levittan 2 months ago

    I think Julie Andrews should have gotten the part too. Then again, Audrey Hepburn's entrance after the Ascot Gavotte is worth the price of admission :) Rex Harrison was brilliant as was Stanley Holloway. By the way - I never realized where the title came from until recently. I must not be paying attention. "London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down: _______________ (Fill in the blank here.)

  • TheAbc45678
    TheAbc45678 2 months ago

    Who were the five actresses show at 10:26 to 10:34?

    • TheAbc45678
      TheAbc45678 2 months ago

      @Chris Norton Okay then! That helped me figure out why the narrator said "IRONICALLY, NO" at 10:32. It's because in that movie, Debbie Reynolds, shown here, is dubbing the voice of the star Jean Hagen, while it's obvious that Debbie is being dubbed in this scene by someone else, and it sounds that she is being dubbed by Jean Hagen. They are dubbing each other in the same movie! Oh, the irony!

    • Chris Norton
      Chris Norton 2 months ago

      Don't know the first. I think the others are Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Angela Lansbury and Debbie Reynolds.

  • Moriganne M.
    Moriganne M. 2 months ago


  • Daniella Robins
    Daniella Robins 2 months ago

    I love the sarcastic lullaby.

  • Melo DeathMetal
    Melo DeathMetal 2 months ago +2

    The reason My Fair Lady was such a success is because Rex Harrison did the best job as a character you love to hate for treating Eliza like crap. It would have been extremely embarrassing if Rex have not won the Oscar for a part he probably performed like 2,000 times. That level of dishonor would have been legendary to not win for something you been doing for so damn long. Great way to destroy an actor's ego. Somebody should tell Julie Andrews it was good she didn't get cast in My Fair Lady since this idea would have been the same for her if she wouldn't have won best actress in her own signature musical (My Fair Lady). She would have felt terrible...
    Audrey Hepburn was already a huge star actress, so she had nothing to lose.

  • Isureamned
    Isureamned 2 months ago

    Warner was obviously a revolting cunt, like all so-called 'business-men'. Scum!

  • Madison Robbie
    Madison Robbie 3 months ago

    “For some reason no¿” TEAAA ☕️

  • Steven D. Bennett
    Steven D. Bennett 3 months ago

    Two superb movies. Poppins had more heart and also won Best Song and Score. But you won't find better performances anywhere.

    MMC CROWNUS 3 months ago

    Oscars shmockters.

  • Alex Daniel
    Alex Daniel 3 months ago

    Ironically Bob Hope is actually British.

    • musicaltheatergeek79
      musicaltheatergeek79 Month ago

      Technically, he was British-born, but his family relocated to Ohio when he was 5, so he wasn't brought up British. Then, for most of his adult life (until he died at age 100), he lived in California.

  • Alex Lao
    Alex Lao 3 months ago

    Too bad she felt it was a consolation award. She deserved it.

  • Dennis Vance
    Dennis Vance 3 months ago

    Superb and insightful commentary. You have added context to Warner’s decision I was not aware of. And while we’ll never see Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle I have to consider that if she had starred in My Fair Lady we never would have had her performances as Mary Poppins. And that would have been a tragedy.

  • Charles Tsang
    Charles Tsang 3 months ago

    Audrey did a great job in My Fair Lady. But Julie's singing is really unbeatable!

  • caramel coffee
    caramel coffee 3 months ago

    I feel really bad how misled Audrey was by the producers. I think her original recordings are charming and in the film, you can easily hear how the vocal quality switches over whenever Eliza starts singing. But I love that Julie and Audrey never gave any leeway to the "feud" created by the media, class acts all the way. Fantastic video, earned yourself a sub

  • Maria Ortiz Jimenez
    Maria Ortiz Jimenez 3 months ago

    ...And both Julie and Marnie were together in The Sound of Music...

  • isaiah johnson
    isaiah johnson 3 months ago

    There is a level of respect that grows for both women. Audrey wanted to give an honest performance and was snubbed for truth by jack warner. Julie handled everything with class and grace.

  • flaggerify
    flaggerify 3 months ago

    The lip synching wasn't a scandal. It was very common then.

  • carollol
    carollol 3 months ago

    Wait wait wait 10.32 is a dub. 0_0 That is like..... bud-seption WTF! JUST WOOOOW. My mind is blown.

  • Casey Tune
    Casey Tune 3 months ago

    My girlfriend and I went to see My Fair Lady when it was re-released in theaters back in February. It was a great experience and believe it or not, considering I’m a big Disney fan, have never seen Mary Poppins. I do love both actresses though. Very nice video.

  • Darboiux
    Darboiux 3 months ago

    Very well stated and well written. Good narrative and reported the facts as they developed.

  • Jennifer Yorgan
    Jennifer Yorgan 3 months ago

    I feel this way about Mame. Angela Lansbury should have done the film after playing the role so long on Broadway, but no, the studio brought in Lucille Ball. Lucille was too old for the part and not the best singer. You think they would have learned after the My Fair Lady bad press, but still made same mistake in this situation.

  • akbar41
    akbar41 3 months ago

    My grandma used to read Photoplay magazine. I remember as a child seeing a copy with a photo of Julie on the cover and the story was "Just You Wait, Jack Warner. Just You Wait." Now it makes sense!

  • Kendra Johnson
    Kendra Johnson 3 months ago

    @BeKindRewind I think there's a cut out at 5:39
    otherwise great job!

  • Sayak Choudhury
    Sayak Choudhury 3 months ago

    Indian movie musicals are always dubbed, the original singers are known as playback singers and they are just as famous as the movie stars themselves.

  • Peppermint Snowdrift
    Peppermint Snowdrift 3 months ago

    Truly good analysis. I was aware of the dubbing scandal, but I didn't know about some of the details. Interesting....

  • Maggie Mckinnon
    Maggie Mckinnon 3 months ago

    Honestly Hepburn was so much better then Julie if you ask me

  • Just Another Person
    Just Another Person 3 months ago