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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 2, 1990|
|Born:||March 5, 1908||Cause of Death:||pancreatic cancer|
|Birth Place:||Lancashire, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ...|
Harrison was the first actor to win Tony Awards in the dramatic and musical categories. Subsequent dual winners in clude Zero Mostel, Robert Morse and Matthew Broderick.
"We had grown accustomed to his face. It was wrought so artfully. The slit eyes of superior amusement, the lines that mockery etched at the corner of eye and nostril and mouth, the generous and skeptical lips--these were the features and the weapons that Rex Harrison created to win his audience and his knighthood. His was the mobile mask of high comedy. . . . His polish was his performance. He was the noble egoitist, the sympathetic cad" --Andrew Sinclair (from review of Harrison's "A Damned Serious Business" in THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, January 6, 1991)
Made a Knight Bachelor, the most common type of knighthood, in July 1989
"Originally I had a block about appearing in a musical. I went to a voice teacher for a while, but that did no good. My range is about one and a half notes. I ended up talking the musical numbers, which was revolutionary at the time.
"The lyrics are extremely intricate. They move along like a precisely acted scene. If you miss a word--heaven help you--the orchestra rattles past like an express train, and you've got to run like the devil to catch up." --Rex Harrison, quote recalled in THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 3, 1990
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