Audrey Hepburn’s ‘My Fair Lady’ still needs defending 60 years later

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As 2024 is the 60th anniversary year of the release of “My Fair Lady,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, my wife and I recently sat down to rewatch the classic. A truly iconic film which was nominated for an astounding 12 Academy Awards. It ended up winning eight, including “Best Picture,” “Best Director” and “Best Actor.” 

However, notably absent from even a nomination, was the film’s lead, Audrey Hepburn. Why? 

Well, while most may not be aware of it 60 years after the film premiered, there was quite a controversy back then involving the casting of Audrey Hepburn in the role of Eliza Doolittle over Julie Andrews, who had played the character so wonderfully on stage.  


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