Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

Actress + Singer + Author
Born Oct 1, 1935

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE is an English film and stage actress, singer, and author. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honors. In 1996, she famously declined the Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, an award she was favored to win.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on October 1, 1935.
1940 4 Years Old Andrews lived briefly with Ted Wells and her brother John in Surrey. In 1940, Ted Wells sent young Julia to live with her mother and stepfather, who, the elder Wells thought, would be better able to provide for his talented daughter's artistic training. … Read More
1943 7 Years Old With the outbreak of World War II, Barbara and Ted Wells went their separate ways and were soon divorced. They both remarried: Barbara to Ted Andrews, in 1943, and Ted Wells, in 1944, to Winifred Maud (Hyde) Birkhead, a war widow and former hairstylist working a lathe at a war work factory that employed them both in Hinchley Wood, Surrey. … Read More
1945 9 Years Old Beginning in 1945, and for the next two years, Julie Andrews performed spontaneously and unbilled on stage with her parents. "Then came the day when I was told I must go to bed in the afternoon because I was going to be allowed to sing with Mummy and Pop in the evening," Andrews explained. … Read More


1947 11 Years Old Julie Andrews gained her big break when her stepfather introduced her to Val Parnell, whose Moss Empires controlled prominent venues in London. Andrews made her professional solo debut at the London Hippodrome singing the difficult aria "Je suis Titania" from Mignon as part of a musical revue called "Starlight Roof" on 22 October 1947. … Read More
1948 12 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954). … Read More
1949 13 Years Old She reportedly made her television début on the BBC programme RadiOlympia Showtime on 8 October 1949. … Read More
1954 18 Years Old 1 More Event
On 30 September 1954 on the eve of her 19th birthday, Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut portraying Polly Browne in the already highly successful London musical The Boy Friend. … Read More
1955 19 Years Old In November 1955 Andrews was signed to appear with Bing Crosby in what is regarded as the first made-for-television film, High Tor. … Read More


1956 - 1958 3 More Events
1959 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Andrews has been married twice, first to set designer Tony Walton from 1959 until 1967,then to director Blake Edwards from 1969 until his death in 2010.
1960 - 1963 3 More Events
1964 28 Years Old Mary Poppins became the biggest box-office draw in Disney history. Andrews won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance.
1965 29 Years Old 1 More Event
She and her co-stars also won the 1965 Grammy Award for Best Album for Children. … Read More


1966 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, Andrews starred in Hawaii, the highest-grossing film of its year.
1969 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Andrews continued working in television. In 1969, she shared the spotlight with singer Harry Belafonte for an NBC-TV special, An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte.
1971 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 37 Years Old Between 1973 and 1975, Andrews continued her association with ABC by headlining five variety specials for the network.


1977 - 1980 3 More Events
1981 45 Years Old In 1981, she appeared in Blake Edwards' S.O.B. (1981) in which she played Sally Miles, a character who agrees to "show my boobies" in a scene in the film-within-a-film. … Read More
1982 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, Andrews played a dual role of Victoria Grant and Count Victor Grezhinski in the film Victor Victoria once again playing opposite James Garner.
1983 47 Years Old In 1983, Andrews was chosen as the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year by the Harvard University Theatrical Society. … Read More


1987 - 1991 3 More Events
1992 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In the summer of 1992 Andrews starred in her first television sitcom, the short-lived Julie aired on ABC for only seven episodes and co-starred James Farentino.
1993 57 Years Old In 1993, she starred in a limited run at the Manhattan Theatre Club in the American premiere of Stephen Sondheim's revue, Putting It Together.
1994 58 Years Old Between 1994 and 1995 Andrews recorded two solo albums – the first saluted the music of Richard Rodgers and the second paid tribute to the words of Alan Jay Lerner.
1995 59 Years Old In 1995, she starred in the stage musical version of Victor/Victoria. … Read More


1997 61 Years Old Andrews was forced to quit the show towards the end of the Broadway run in 1997 when she developed hoarseness in her voice. … Read More
In 1999 she filed a malpractice suit against the doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital, including Scott Kessler and Jeffrey Libin, who had operated on her throat.
2000 64 Years Old In the 2000 New Year Honours List, Andrews was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to the performing arts by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. … Read More
…  From 2001 to 2004, Andrews starred in The Princess Diaries (2001), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). … Read More
2003 - 2007 5 More Events
2008 72 Years Old 1 More Event
She published Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, which she characterised as "part one" of her autobiography, on 1 April 2008. … Read More
2009 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2009, Andrews was named on The Times’ list of the top 10 British Actresses of all time. … Read More
In January 2010, Andrews was the official United States presenter of the New Year's Day Vienna concert. … Read More
2011 - 2013 2 More Events
2015 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015 Andrews made a surprise appearance at the Oscars, greeting Lady Gaga who paid her homage by singing a medley from The Sound of Music. … Read More
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