All of my geek might be evident now. Here’s to Stewie Griffin and Rex Harrison.
When I first started watching Family Guy, I knew almost immediately that Stewie must have been based off of Rex Harrison. And soon I learned after reading about Seth MacFarlane and the characters that this was indeed correct. But the more I watched the show, the more I realized all the little nuances that most people just wouldn’t see (the My Fair Lady spoof in the One if by Clam, Two if by Sea episode skims the surface). My favorite might be something that I linked together after after watching the episode, Fifteen Minutes of Shame. I couldn’t find a video of the clip I was looking for so this fan video will have to suffice.
"Wouldn’t it be marvelous if I turned out to be a homosexual?" That’s the quote that caught my attention - odd as it sounds. When I was younger, while other were buried in Harry Potter, I was reading biographies and books about musical theatre. One of them was lyricist, Alan Jay Lerner’s The Street Where I Live. In the book he describes walking along 5th Avenue with Harrison. Both had been married and divorced several times and they discussed how difficult women are. As they parted ways and Lerner was already halfway down the block, Harrison yelled at the top of his lungs, “Alan! Wouldn’t it be marvelous if were homosexuals?” Lerner, unsure how to respond as all eyes on Fifth Ave. were turned to him and Harrison replied with, “Uh…I don’t think so, Rex.” The conversation and the exchange inspired Lerner to write Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man for Harrison’s part as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.