The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain

My Fair Lady is a 1964 adaption of the play Pygmalion. About a cockney young flower girl who learns to speak and act like a proper lady by a phonetics professor named Henry Higgins. It’s a good thing they changed the title, because most audiences have no idea what a Pygmalion is. My Fair Lady is a nicer title anyway. When I was a senior, I had to read the play with a class. Then after we were done, we watched the movie. It’ll always amaze me how people of my generation will give a movie as old as this a chance. Even though my teacher skipped all the musical numbers. Thankfully, I did re-watch the movie later on. Which is good, because the songs are simply loverly. Audrey Hepburn gives yet another stunning performance as Eliza Doolittle. Going from a cockney English accent to a proper English accent. The story is so memorable that its been done many times after. My Fair Lady even managed to win eight Oscars, including Best Picture (though for some reason Audrey Hepburn wasn’t nominated). Pygmalion is a classic story and My Fair Lady is the best interpretation of it.

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Eliza Doolittle (center) makes her first public appearance

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