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  • Dec 26, 2011
  • 03:08 PM

Robert Easton dies at 81; Henry Higgins of Hollywood

Elaine Woo / Los Angeles Times
A consummate phoneticist like Higgins, the exacting speech tutor in the musical "My Fair Lady," Easton taught Forest Whitaker the African inflections of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and Ben Kingsley the gruff tones of a New York mobster. He helped Arnold Schwarzenegger turn his Austrian accent into Russian English and Liam Neeson's Irish brogue into a Kentucky drawl.

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