ACTRESS DEBORAH KERR LIP-SYNCHED DYING WORDS, DUBBED BY MARNI NIXON
LONDON - Deborah Kerr, who danced with the Siamese monarch played by Yul Brynner in The King and I, has died. She was 86. Kerr did not do her own singing in the classic musical; she lip-synched the songs, which were dubbed by veteran singer Marni Nixon. Ms. Nixon was also the singing voice for Audrey Hepburn in the film version of My Fair Lady and for Natalie Wood in West Side Story.
As Kerr lay dying, she called for Ms. Nixon, who arrived at her bedside moments before the end. Kerr handed Ms. Nixon a prepared text labeled "dying words." Ms. Nixon tearfully read the document as Kerr lip-synched it, then Kerr expired.