My Fair Lady (movie)

1964 film by George Cukor

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.

My Fair Lady
Directed byGeorge Cukor
Written byAlan Jay Lerner
George Bernard Shaw
Produced byJack Warner
StarringAudrey Hepburn
Rex Harrison
Stanley Holloway
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Gladys Cooper
Jeremy Brett
CinematographyHarry Stradling
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Music byFrederick Loewe (Music)
Alan Jay Lerner (Lyrics)
Distributed byWarner Bros. (Original)
Hollywood Classics
CBS Productions (current, under Paramount Pictures and CBS)
Release date
  • October 21, 1964 (1964-10-21)
Running time
170 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$17 million
Box office$72,000,000

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.

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