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Happy Eliza Doolittle Day!


Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) entices Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) by offering her chocolates in the film My Fair Lady.

Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) entices Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) by offering her chocolates in the film My Fair Lady.

May 20th is Eliza Doolittle Day, named for the beloved Cockney flower girl in the musical My Fair Lady.

This isn’t a widely celebrated holiday, not as popular or well-known as the likes of Arbor Day, but it has its special allure and fans.

I plan to celebrate the day by attending a My Fair Lady reading with professional actors.

The date for Eliza Doolittle Day came from lyrics in the song Just You Wait, in which Eliza sings:

“One day I’ll be famous, I’ll be proper and prim,
Gone to St. James so often I will call it St. Jim.
One evening the King will say, “Oh, Liza, old thing,
I want all of England your praises to sing.

Next week on the twentieth of May,
Da-da-da-da-da-da-DA,

I proclaim Eliza Doolittle Day!

All the people will celebrate the glory of you,
And whatever you wish or want I gladly shall do.”
“Thanks a lot, King,” says I in a manner well-bred,
“But all I want is ‘enry ‘iggins ‘ead!” dum-da-dum”

Cheers to you Eliza!

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4 thoughts on “Happy Eliza Doolittle Day!

  1. Ellen M. on said:

    Hope you enjoy your stay-cay day at the play!

  2. Donnie on said:

    Glad I’m not the only one who celebrates this.

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