A Fair Lady

How a tough part shaped the career of a legendary actress

I made my debut on Broadway in a show called The Boy Friend in September 1954. My contract ended after a year, but just before I left to go home to England, I received a phone call from a gentleman who said he was the manager for the creative team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. He told me that the duo was creating a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion.

That musical was My Fair Lady, and a few months later I found myself winging back to Broadway, at which point my young career very nearly came...

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