1. Sir Reginald Carey “Rex” Harrison was an English actor of stage and screen and singer.
2. He won his first Tony Award for his performance as Henry VIII in Anne of the Thousand Days in 1949.
3. He won his second Tony for the role of Professor Henry Higgins in the stage production of My Fair Lady in 1957.
4. He reprised the role for the 1964 film version, which earned him a Golden Globe Award and Best Actor Oscar.
5. In addition to his stage career, Harrison also appeared in numerous films, including Anna and the King of Siam .
6. His second, A Damned Serious Business: My Life in Comedy, was published posthumously in 1991.
7. Harrison was married a total of six times and had two sons: Noel and Carey Harrison.
8. He continued working in stage productions until shortly before his death from pancreatic cancer in June 1990 at the age of 82.
9. Harrison was born at Derry House in Huyton, Lancashire, He first appeared on the stage in 1924 in Liverpool.
10. He acted in the West End of London when he was young, appearing in the Terence Rattigan play French Without Tears, which proved to be his breakthrough role.
11. He alternated appearances in London and New York in such plays as Bell, Book and Candle for his portrayal of Henry Higgins in the musical My Fair Lady, where he appeared opposite Julie Andrews.
12. He was best known for his portrayal of Professor Henry Higgins in the 1964 film version of My Fair Lady based on the eponymous Broadway production, for which Harrison won a Best Actor Oscar.
13. Two of his co-stars, Maggie Smith and Cliff Robertson, were to become lifelong friends.
14. Both spoke at his New York City memorial at the Little Church Around the Corner when Harrison died in 1990.
15. Harrison was not by any objective standards a singer ; the music was usually written to allow for long periods of recitative, or “speaking to the music.”