The newly-restored print of My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, will premiere on CBS on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 28.
The Oscar-winning 1964 film (restored at a cost of $700,000 over ten months' time) also stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, Stanley Holloway as Alfred Doolittle, and Wilfrid Hyde-White as Pickering.
Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, My Fair Lady tells the story of a Cockney flower vendor transformed from an unruly street urchin into a high-society sophisticate by phonetics professor Higgins. The score, by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, includes such classics as "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "The Rain In Spain."
Directed by George Cukor and designed by Cecil Beaton, the film won eight Academy Awards (out of 12 nominations), including Best Picture and Best Actor (Harrison). Audrey Hepburn did not win; Julie Andrews did, for Mary Poppins. (This was a vindication for her, since she had originated the role of Eliza on Broadway, yet was not selected to play the part on film).
Check local listings for broadcast times. -- By David Lefkowitz