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My Fair Lady

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( Jul 1956 -- Nov 1950 )    

Shaw was born in Dublin and grew up in Ireland, where his school experiences inspired a lifelong cynicism regarding schools and teachers. His first profitable writing was in music and literary criticism. When he turned to drama he found his true calling and wrote more than 60 plays, most based on issues related to education, marriage, religion, government, health care and the unearned privileges of the upper classes. Sometimes the target of his sharp wit and pen was simply the follies of humankind. He leavened the heavy themes of his plays with generous portions of humor. A lifelong socialist, Shaw was a member of the Fabian Society, established to promote socialism through peaceful means. He wrote pamphlets and speeches for the Society and became a skillful orator as an advocate of equal rights for women, the rights of the working class and a healthful lifestyle. He was a co-founder of the prestigious London School of Economics. Shaw is the only person to be awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature and an Academy Award. The Oscar rewarded his work on the 1938 film adaptation of his play Pygmalion, starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller. He declined the monetary portion of the Nobel Prize, requesting that the money be used to have Swedish books translated into English.


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"Have you ever known a man to have good intentions where a woman is concerned? I haven't."
     A lavishly costumed and filmed rendering of the George Bernard Shaw classic, "Pygmalion." Rex Harrison was born to play Professor Henry Higgins, an arrogant and self-important phonetics expert. Audrey Hepburn is believable and charming as Eliza Doolittle and she has Marni Nixon to provide her singing voice. Professor Higgins undertakes the challenge of transforming common flower girl Eliza into a sophisticated lady of culture and refinement by teaching her how to speak properly in a few short months. Wilfred Hyde-White is a perfect foil as a fellow expert on phonetics and Stanley Holloway is memorable as Eliza's neer-do-well father. The film received eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.


1964, Directed by George Cukor.

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