Ever watch a star belt out a song in a movie musical and think, “Wow! I didn’t know they could sing!”?
Well, they couldn’t!
So many times, a perfectly nice-looking performer with lovely sounds emanating from their mouth is faking it like a drag queen doing Britney — or even like Britney herself.
And the above video brilliantly puts it all together for you, showing you instance after instance of movieland’s classic “singing” while telling you who was really warbling the vocal cords.
You’ll find out exactly who sang for Joan Crawford, Patty Duke, Lucille Ball, Zac Efron, and even Liv Ullmann, for Chrissakes.
And you’ll learn so many more eye- and ear-popping facts.
Interestingly, Harry Belafonte — who’s a singer by trade — got dubbed in Porgy and Bess!
Fascinatingly, the woman who played Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly! — whom I always thought they must have gotten only because she could sing and probably worked cheap — was dubbed!
And although Singin’ in the Rain is all about Debbie Reynolds standing behind a curtain and doing the dubbing for a dumb blonde, it turns out Debbie was dubbed in the movie!
Someone was behind a curtain behind the curtain!
Hollywood weirdness never ceases to amaze me.
And by the way, I said that myself.
You can read my lips!