It warmed the cockles of my show-queen heart (and made my holiday weekend) when a gift arrived in the mail from Elizabeth: an advance (and autographed) copy of I Could Have Sung All Night: My Story, by Marni Nixon with Stephen Cole (Billboard Books, September). Nixon most famously dubbed the leading ladies of the movies "The King and I," "My Fair Lady," and "West Side Story," the last of which also had her dubbing Rita Moreno's voice in the "Tonight" quintet, because Rita's dubber was out sick!
But along with this not-as-lucrative-as-you-might-think specialty, Nixon also maintained a steady career in opera and art music. It was in this context that she first worked with Leonard Bernstein:
Two weeks after the Glenn Gould concert, I was back in Carnegie Hall with Bernstein, singing in one of his fabled "Young People's Concerts." Lenny had the innovative and wonderful notion (to which I wholly subscribe) that if we exposed children to the best that music had to offer it would enrich their lives.
Forget about "Mozart for your baby" getting the kids into Harvard. Just "enrich their lives." I wonder if we will ever again learn to treat reading for children with the same simplicity.