All in the Family: Marni Nixon and Andrew Gold

A Musical Connection: Mother and Son, Marni Nixon and Andrew Gold

Soprano Marni Nixon, who dubbed the singing voices for some of the most iconic songs in musical film history — including My Fair Lady, West Side Story and The King and I — is the mother of  singer/songwriter Andrew Gold who penned the 1978 Billboard Hot 100 Hit and Golden Girls’ theme song “Thank You for Being a Friend”.

Marni Nixon And Andrew Gold Mother And Son

Marni Nixon and Andrew Gold, Mother And Son Songsters

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Marni Nixon, the singing voice behind My Fair Lady, West Side Story and The King and IMarni Nixon, the singing voice behind My Fair Lady, West Side Story and The King and I

In addition to dubbing the singing voices for Audrey Hepburn’s Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Natalie Wood’s Maria (West Side Story), and Deborah Kerr’s Anna (The King and I), Nixon was also, more recently, the singing voice of Grandmother Fa in Disney’s Mulan (1998).  If you want to catch a glimpse of Marni Nixon on screen, you can see her as Sister Sophia in the film The Sound of Music singing a few solo lines in “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”

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Andrew Gold singer songwriter

The Best of Andrew Gold album featuring “Thank You for Being a Friend”

Andrew Gold also wrote the 1977 Top Ten Billboard hit “Lonely Boy”,  as well as played and/or sang (on tracks or in live performances) with Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Bishop, America, Maria Muldaur, Neil Diamond, Freddie Mercury, Karla Bonoff, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Roy Orbison, Don Henley, Bette Midler, and more.

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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3 Responses to All in the Family: Marni Nixon and Andrew Gold

  1. I believe Andrew Gold’s father was Ernest Gold, the Oscar-winning composer of “Exodus”. Obviously, talent did not skip a generation in that family.

  2. Jo Gabriel says:

    Wow this was such a treat to read. Thanks so much for showing some love to these memorable composers, singer-songwriters and songstresses that fill our lives with such richness and joy! It’s wonderful when musical talent runs in the family that way- Cheers Joey

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