Eliza Doolittle (as portrayed left by AUDREY HEPBURN in the film MY FAIR LADY), the flower girl with the cockney accent and battered straw hat, has become part of English folklore. The tale of the lowly Covent garden worker who was groomed so that she could pass as a lady in high society is as popular as ever for what it reveals about the British class system. Doolittle, though, it is always assumed was a totally fictional character, a romantic dream of playwright GEORGE BERNARD SHAW .
But now the true story of Sabrina Sidney, the real life Eliza, is to be told for the first time in a book that is at the centre of a publishers' bidding war.
Author Wendy Moore, already high up the non-fiction bestsellers' list with her book, WEDLOCK, has found herself the object of much commercial interest as she sets out to detail the life of the young orphan who was taken out of poverty in 1769 and trained to become the ideal partner for a gentleman. - Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer (READ MORE.)