Nixon was Deborah Kerr's voice in both The King and I (1956) and An Affair to Remember (1957), Sophia Loren's voice in Boy on a Dolphin (1957), Natalie Wood's voice in West Side Story (1961) and Audrey Hepburn's voice in My Fair Lady (1964). In addition, Nixon provided memorable high notes for Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Wood in Gypsy (1962) and many others.
Along with her ghosting duties—which began in 1948—Nixon went on to a noteworthy career on the stage.
Billy Name—as William Linich, Jr. rechristened himself—was the man who gave Andy Warhol's Factory its silvered surfaces, one of the most iconic, best-remembered aspects of the life of pop artist whose life was filled with many memorable details.
I didn’t consider myself a photographer until much later, when people started appreciating the work. I wasn’t influenced by any other photographer and I hadn’t looked at any books or shows. I just took the camera when Andy handed it to me and said, “Here, Billy, you do the stills photography.” I remember I went to the store the next day and bought the manual for the camera. That’s how it began.
Name vouched for the fact that Warhol really was genuine in his behavior, in his persona. As for Name's, he told the same interviewer of the heady days of the '60s:
Marshall was best known for creating Happy Days (1974-1984) and all its associated shows [including Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983), a '70s fave of mine, and Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)]. He also brought The Odd Couple (1970-1975) to TV and directed a spate of crowd-pleasing movies, including Beaches (1988), Pretty Woman (1990), The Princess Diaries (2001) and his recent trilogy of holiday-themed, star-packed popcorn flicks Valentine's Day (2010), New Year's Eve (2011) and this year's Mother's Day.
Along with his more esteemed credits, I must mention his directorial debut, the jiggle comedy Young Doctors in Love (1982), which I found so titillating as a kid, and his failed series Blansky's Beauties (1977), as jumping out at me as, er, memorable.
With most of the Laverne & Shirley cast + Marshall in 2012 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)
But along with all of the above-mentioned projects, the man had a hand in contributing to dozens of household-title TV classics.
I was pleased to meet Mr. Marshall at a Hollywood Show, along with his even-more-famous sis, Penny Marshall.
Marshall died of complications from pneumonia following a semi-recent stroke.
John McMartin (August 21, 1929-July 2016) with Shirley MacLaine in 1969's Sweet Charity (Image via Universal)
RIP to John McMartin, the actor best known as the original Ben in Follies (1971)—he was that production's last surviving cast member—and for several other high-profile originating roles on Broadway. He died at age 86 of cancer this month.
McMartin appeared in innumerable important and well-remembered productions, including Sweet Charity (1966; he reprised his role in the film three years later), Don Juan (1972), The Visit (1973), Showboat (1994), Into the Woods (2002) and Grey Gardens (2006).
Presidential (Image via Warner Bros.)
His most prominent film appearances was probably in All the President's Men (1976). He worked on the stage and on TV in 2015, when he popped up on an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode.
Offstage, Mr. McMartin was far from the archetypal actor. Quiet, self-effacing and retiring, he disliked publicity and seldom gave interviews. He was a regular at Sardi’s, and the staff knew to leave him to himself. When asked in 2002 by Playbill about the laudatory reviews and honors that greeted his performance in High Society, he replied, “I'm rather shy anyway. I feel uncomfortable. You don't like to be confronted. You'd rather overhear good things.”
Of course, to me, he'll always be the priest who cock-teased Dorothy on The Golden Girls (1987) and Simon Worthington from Madonna's Who's That Girl (1987).