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Old 12-09-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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had an operatic quality to it? I've heard her sing in Oklahoma and some of her other musicals. Curious what others think.

I know if I ever get lucky enough to meet her one thing I'm dying to ask her: did you every consider an operatic career?
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She said she did. It was difficult because you had to learn all different languages. She got discovered by Rogers & Hammerstein at age 18. The film Oklahoma was done at age 19.
Her voice has dropped as she got older.
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Believe it or not, I never realized she could sing. I always thought she was just an actress that lip synched. I guess she had a really great singing voice huh?
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She said she did. It was difficult because you had to learn all different languages. She got discovered by Rogers & Hammerstein at age 18. The film Oklahoma was done at age 19.
Her voice has dropped as she got older.

Thanks for the info - I adore Shirley - a fine talent and even finer lady.
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Believe it or not, I never realized she could sing. I always thought she was just an actress that lip synched. I guess she had a really great singing voice huh?

Brian, check out Oklahoma!, Carousel and The Music Man - and see what a nice voice she had!

And a fantastic actress to boot - it was great seeing her in Eleer Gantry where she played a prostitute - of all things - I think she took the role in part to show her range - she's truly a real talent!

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had an operatic quality to it? I've heard her sing in Oklahoma and some of her other musicals. Curious what others think.

I know if I ever get lucky enough to meet her one thing I'm dying to ask her: did you every consider an operatic career?
I think her Oklahoma singing IS very operatic and fluid..."Would you say the fringe was made of silk" from "Surrey with a Fringe on Top"(officially sung by her leading man Gordon MacRae.)
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I think her Oklahoma singing IS very operatic and fluid..."Would you say the fringe was made of silk" from "Surrey with a Fringe on Top"(officially sung by her leading man Gordon MacRae.)
Carousal was her most operatic. That was on last week on TCM and she sounded beautifully.
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When you have that narrow range in the upper register your voice has no where to go but down. Her bottom range was never very good. I could think that it has to be anti-climatic to hear her sing now. Barbara Cook was the original favorite for the Music Man and she could still sing. No one knows what happen there.
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Did she sing on any of the PF records, or was it all studio session singers?
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- it was great seeing her in Eleer Gantry where she played a prostitute - of all things -

She also played a madam in "The Cheyenne Social Club," with Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda. The cast includes a lot of TV character actors, including Jackie Joseph, Sue Ann Langdon, Dabs Greer, Jason Wingreen, and J. Pat O'Malley.
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In the episode where Shirley sang a song with a Killer Whale as her "back-up" singer I thought she sounded very operatic!
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