Julie Andrews
Actress, singer, author
Julie Andrews
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.
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Crossing Over To The Dark Side
Huffington Post - 3 days
Fifty years have passed since a double bill by Peter Shaffer opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on February 12, 1967. Directed by John Dexter (with a cast that featured Michael Crawford and Lynn Redgrave in their Broadway debuts), Black Comedy/White Lies turned out to be an audience pleaser that ran for 337 performances. Black Comedy was a droll farce that began in a young man's apartment at 9:30 on a Sunday night. Although people on both sides of the footlights were in complete darkness as the play began, the confused audience could hear the voices of Shaffer's characters carrying on a conventional conversation at a cocktail party. Once the apartment's electricity suffered a short circuit, the lights came up onstage and (as if by magic) the audience could see everything that was happening while the cast had to pretend that their characters were stumbling around in the dark. Thanks to Shaffer's gimmicky approach to what happens during an electrical blackout, much hilarity ensued. ...
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Get Psyched For This New Kids' Show Starring Julie Andrews And Puppets
Huffington Post - 9 days
We’d be hard-pressed to think of a better person to host a children’s televisions show than Julie Andrews. That’s why we could not be more psyched for Netflix’s upcoming “Julie’s Greenroom,” a half-hour kids’ program with puppets, celebrity guest stars like Idina Menzel and Alec Baldwin and original music hosted by the 81-year-old “Mary Poppins” star herself.  The Jim Henson production teaches kids about the performing arts and will begin streaming on March 17th. Andrews is writing, executive producing and starring in the series, in collaboration with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. “We are huge arts advocates in the family,” Hamilton said at a Netflix press event on Wednesday. “And as individuals, we know firsthand how incredibly important it is. It is always the first thing to be cut, and yet we know that it teaches kids communications skills, critical thinking skills and bridges between countries and cultures.” “You can find your identity through the ...
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Julie Andrews on New 'Mary Poppins,' Possible 'Sound of Music' Remake
ABC News - 10 days
"Mary Poppins Returns," starring Emily Blunt, is due out in 2018.
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Retail Recovery Ain't No Spoonful of Sugar
Huffington Post - about 1 month
As Yule time decorations and lawn displays get packed up and stored away, this is a good time for a collective salute to a group of people who work hard and often anonymously. Their efforts helped maintain an orderly inventory of merchandise for holiday consumers, and I'm not talking about little toymakers at the North Pole. With all due respect to Santa's elves, my shout-out is intended for real world employees at shopping venues across this country who participate in the never-ending procedure known as "recovery." Everyone who's worked in retail sales knows what that word stands for. Being on recovery duty is like cleaning up after a storm. It means picking up the pieces, literally, after crowds of shoppers have stormed through the aisles. The task can be especially daunting when it involves clothing items. A vivid example occurred last November at a Nike outlet in Seattle. Visual evidence went viral on the web (http://sneakernews.com/2016/11/27/black-friday-sale-destroys-s ...
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 1 month
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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TV This Week, Dec. 18-24: 'A Christmas Story' marathon and more
LATimes - 2 months
  SUNDAY Neither nuns nor Nazis can hold Julie Andrews back in the beloved 1965 tale “The Sound of Music.” With Christopher Plummer. 7 p.m. ABC Scientists, mathematicians and miscellaneous brainiacs collect kudos and cash in the special “Breakthrough Prize.” Morgan Freeman hosts and Alicia Keys...
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24 Hours in Salzburg
Huffington Post - 4 months
Salzburg: The home of 146,00 Austrians, and a stop-over for 3,000,000 tourists each year. That's a 1:200 ratio. It's like Cape Cod in August for Salzburgians all year round. People flock to the tiny city in the shadow of the Alps to walk the ancient streets, see the birthplace of Mozart (a charming yellow row house) and duck into the 1,000-year old abbeys and mountaintop fortress. Salzburians know where their bretzel is buttered, and they welcome the throngs with open arms. To get the most out of Salzburg, you have to let go of irony, let go of pretention, and embrace the adorably cheesy tourist attractions. The Sound of Music Tour. Even if you don't like the most popular movie musical of all time, you will get sucked into giddy fangirl enthusiasm in this four-hour bus tour through key sites of the movie, including Captain von Trapp's castle, the abbey where Maria was such a problem, the gazebo where Lisle and Rolf declared their teen love, the lake where Maria and the kids cap ...
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Emily Blunt Thinks This 'Mary Poppins' Theory Is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Huffington Post - 4 months
With all the crazy stuff on the internet, a “Mary Poppins” fan theory could easily be something quite atrocious. However, even the new Mary Poppins herself thinks one popular idea sounds precocious.  Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I ... In the original movie, Julie Andrews plays Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who takes the Banks kids, Michael and Jane, on wild adventures. She’s way cooler than regular nannies and encourages taking sugar with your medicine. (Mom, are you listening?) Then there’s Mary’s friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke). He also joins in on the fun, jumping into chalk drawings and singing nonsense songs with Mary and the kids. Still, questions remain. The relationship between Mary and Bert has always been a little hazy. The author of the Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers, even reportedly wanted any notion of a romantic relationship between them removed from the film. And there’s a theory that could possibly explain why:   The theory: Mary Poppins used to be Bert ...
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Join The "Like" Challenge and Save the English Language
Huffington Post - 5 months
What's Not To "Like"? - Perverting The Mother Tongue Most educated, English-speaking people cringe at the increasing misuse of the word "like" and "I feel like" which seem to have inhabited our daily discourse. This is less a problem for non-native English speakers when they speak English and rather seems to have spread in pandemic form through our 24/7 pop culture media immersion and then is carried into our homes, schools, shopping malls, concert venues, at the beach and in other places where people gather en masse. Operation USA (www.opusa.org), a 37 year old international disaster relief agency and co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize (as part of the Int'l Campaign Against Landmines), has increasingly become involved in rebuilding schools and libraries in post disaster or endemic poverty environments. Our motto is "give and it gets there". In the spirit of raising funds for these programs, Operation USA offers the following challenge to our cultural, thought and po ...
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Dick Van Dyke Surprises Denny's Patrons With Impromptu Performance Of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
Huffington Post - 6 months
Dick Van Dyke still has it!  The 90-year-old entertainer recently surprised patrons at a Denny’s in Santa Monica, California, with a pitch-perfect rendition of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”  His a cappella quartet Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix sang the classic to onlooking fans.  Commenters went wild for the video on Facebook, writing, “How much fun! You’re always spreading cheer.” One commenter wrote, “You are a wonderful entertainer and I want to thank you for giving all of us music to enjoy these many years.”  It’s rumored that Van Dyke and former co-star Julie Andrews will make an appearance in the upcoming reboot of “Mary Poppins.” If his performance from “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” in February proves anything, we expect to see him back in his tap-dancing shoes on the big screen. Dick Van Dyke, we love you!  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!fu ...
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In Search Of Love, A Gay Funnyman Looks To The Stars For Answers
Huffington Post - 11 months
One of New York's sassiest funnymen, Justin Sayre has made a name for himself with his monthly variety show, "The Meeting,” paying tribute to gay icons like Judy Garland, Cher and Julie Andrews, among others. His new solo play, however, takes a turn for the poignant, romantic and deeply personal. "Love's Refrain," which continues at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York this weekend, is billed as "romanticism for the modern age." In it, Sayre pairs personal anecdotes about the pursuit of love with observations about the science of astronomy.  The writer-performer, 34, told The Huffington Post that he began developing the concept for "Love's Refrain" after listening to an NPR story about astronomy. The story, he said, described "how one day in the distant future, the stars will go out," which made him "incredibly sad."   "My mind immediately thought about love, how much will be lost when space is dark and that started the thoughts for what the show became," Sayr ...
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Lady Gaga Made Hollywood Cry With Powerful Oscars Performance
Huffington Post - 12 months
#Oscars: Watch @LadyGaga perform 'Til It Happens to You', up for Best Original Song tonight https://t.co/cv45ZqaBaE https://t.co/dXWQvkAOvC — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 29, 2016 Lady Gaga has somehow become the darling of awards season. After winning a Golden Globe, paying tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys and scoring an Oscar nomination, all eyes were on the pop star as she performed "Til It Happens to You" from the documentary "The Hunting Ground" at the 88th annual Academy Awards.   Joe Biden introduces Lady Gaga at the #Oscars. https://t.co/aRmjqBSbjg — MTV News (@MTVNews) February 29, 2016   After a powerful introduction from Vice President Joe Biden, in which he urged the audience to change the dialogue surrounding sexual assault, Gaga took the stage to deliver an emotionally charged performance of the moving ballad co-written by Diane Warren. Seated at grand piano wearing another white ensemble, the 29-year-old hit some of t ...
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Salzburg on the Heals of the Sound of Music's 50th Anniversary
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Chances are fairly high for those of you over 35, that you've not only heard of The Sound of Music but grew up watching it with your family. While the birthplace of all it was in and around Salzburg Austria, oddly enough Austrians and Germans didn't grow up watching it nor did it create such a groundswell effect locally like it did in other countries. In the late Fall, I went to Austria to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, and together with 50 or so other press from 12 different countries, we relived the well known movie which turned into a musical, which ultimately turned into a bit of an institution. Growing up, I watched The Sound of Music every year, often with my grandparents. As a little girl, who can't relate to the "You are Sixteen" scene? Here, Liesl and Rolf sing this "coming of age" song in the romantic Gazebo setting as she looks to him for guidance at the start of womanhood. There's an inherent and natural innocence that is so beautifully portr ...
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What Other Actresses Auditioned for the <i>Hello Dolly!</i> Revival? Christine Pedi Knows
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With news of a fresh revival of Hello Dolly! starring the one and only Bette Midler coming to Broadway spring 2017, video footage surfaced featuring other possible actresses up for the titled role. Those who have auditioned include Oprah Winfrey, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, and even Dame Julie Andrews. Well, not exactly.... Broadway actress &amp; comedian, Christine Pedi, reacts to the news of the new Hello Dolly! revival with an entertaining video featuring her famous impressions of our favorite Broadway divas! In her new video, Pedi portrays what the audition room would be like if Minnelli, LuPone, and even Bernadette Peters walked in. Within three days, over 76,000 viewers have seen the video and a plethora social media posts followed. Bette Midler even showed her support for the video with a special "thank you" tweet to Christine Pedi. Thanks, @ChristinePedi You made my day! https://t.co/7JDPewom2T — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 23, 2016 Christine ...
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<i>Reporting Always: Writings From The New Yorker</i> by Lillian Ross
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Is there a writer who has not aspired to contribute to The New Yorker? Merely even one piece? That would be a prize. But to have written for this celebrated magazine for 60 years under its famed and awesome editors, and to have begun there more or less by serendipity surely qualifies for a charmed writer's life. In 1944, Lillian Ross was writing for a left-leaning New York daily called PM. The editor of PM, Peggy Wright Weidman, was asked by William Shawn, then the managing editor of The New Yorker, to join their staff. When she turned down the job she wrote to Shawn suggesting he hire Ross, which he proceeded to do. Ross began writing pieces for The Talk of the Town, the enduring, chatty opening to each issue. Before long she was reporting on personalities and events in lengthier pieces, which expanded her range to include national and international stories; both her shorter and longer stories are well illustrated in this book. A notable short section in Ross' introduct ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julie Andrews
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 80
    In 2016 Andrews created the preschool television series Julie's Greenroom with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton and Judy Rothman.
    More Details Hide Details Andrews will be joined by her assistant Gus (Giullian Yao Gioiello) and “Greenies,” a cast of original puppets built by The Jim Henson Company and will premiere on Netflix in 2017.
  • 2015
    Age 79
    Lyndon Terracini announced in August 2015 that Andrews will direct My Fair Lady in 2016 for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details This became a social media sensation, trending all over the world.
  • 2013
    Age 77
    At the age of 77, Andrews undertook her first tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2013, hosted by Nicholas Hammond who was a boy of 14 when they appeared together in The Sound of Music.
    More Details Hide Details In place of singing, she planned a series of speaking engagements in Australia's five mainland state capitals. There were security concerns surrounding the event at New Zealand. The following year she took the same show on a tour of England, culminating in two shows in London.
  • 2011
    Age 75
    In February 2011, Andrews received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and, with her daughter Emma, a Grammy for best spoken word album for children (for A Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies), at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
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  • 2010
    Age 74
    On 15 December 2010, Andrews' husband Blake Edwards died at the age of 88, of complications of pneumonia at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
    More Details Hide Details Andrews was by her husband's side when he died.
    On 28 October 2010, Andrews appeared, along with the actors who portrayed the cinematic Von Trapp family members, on Oprah to commemorate the film's 45th anniversary.
    More Details Hide Details A few days later, her 24th book, Little Bo in Italy, was published.
    On 9 July 2010, Despicable Me, an animated film in which Andrews lent her voice to Marlena, the thoughtless and soul-crushing mother of the main character Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), opened to rave reviews and strong box office.
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    On 21 May 2010, her film Shrek Forever After was released; in it Andrews reprises her role as the Queen.
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    On 18 May 2010, Andrews' 23rd book (this one also written with her daughter Emma) was published.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2010 the book, entitled The Very Fairy Princess, reached number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children's Books.
    On 8 May 2010, Andrews made her London comeback after a 21-year absence (her last performance there was a Christmas concert at the Royal Festival Hall in 1989).
    More Details Hide Details She performed at the O2 Arena, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and an ensemble of five performers. Previous to it she appeared on British television (on 15 December 2009 and on many other occasions), and said that rumours that she would be singing were not true. Instead, she said she would be doing a form of "speak singing". However, in the concert she actually sang two solos and several duets and ensemble pieces. The evening, though well received by the 20,000 fans present, who gave her standing ovation after standing ovation, did not convince the critics.
    In January 2010, Andrews was the official United States presenter of the New Year's Day Vienna concert.
    More Details Hide Details This was her second appearance in this role, after presenting the previous year's concert. Andrews also had a supporting role in the film Tooth Fairy, which opened to unfavourable reviews although the box office receipts were successful. On her promotion tour for the film, she also spoke of Operation USA and the aid campaign to the Haiti disaster.
  • 2009
    Age 73
    On 8 May 2009, Andrews received the honorary George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music at the annual UCLA Spring Sing competition in Pauley Pavilion.
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    In January 2009, Andrews was named on The Times’ list of the top 10 British Actresses of all time.
    More Details Hide Details The list included Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, and Audrey Hepburn.
  • 2008
    Age 72
    In July through early August 2008, Andrews hosted Julie Andrews' The Gift of Music, a short tour of the United States where she sang various Rodgers and Hammerstein songs and symphonised her recently published book, Simeon's Gift.
    More Details Hide Details These were her first public singing performances in a dozen years, due to her failed vocal cord surgery.
    She published Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, which she characterised as "part one" of her autobiography, on 1 April 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Home chronicles her early years in Britain's music hall circuit and ends in 1962 with her winning the role of Mary Poppins. For a Walt Disney video release she again portrayed Mary Poppins and narrated the story of The Cat That Looked at a King in 2004.
  • 2007
    Age 71
    In January 2007, Andrews was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild's awards and stated that her goals included continuing to direct for the stage and possibly to produce her own Broadway musical.
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    Later, in 2007, she narrated Enchanted, a live-action Disney musical comedy that both poked fun at and paid homage to classic Disney films such as Mary Poppins.
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  • 2005
    Age 69
    From 2005 to 2006, Andrews served as the Official Ambassador for Disneyland's 18-month-long, 50th anniversary celebration, the "Happiest Homecoming on Earth", travelling to promote the celebration, and recording narration and appearing at several events at the park.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Andrews performed the voice of Queen Lillian in the animated blockbuster Shrek 2 (2004), reprising the role for its sequels, Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010).
    Her production, which featured costume and scenic design by her former husband Tony Walton, was remounted at the Goodspeed Opera House in 2005 and went on a national tour in 2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 67
    Eloise at the Plaza premiered in April 2003, and Eloise at Christmastime was broadcast in November 2003; Andrews was nominated for an Emmy Award.
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  • 2001
    Age 65
    In 2001, Andrews appeared in The Princess Diaries, her first Disney film since Mary Poppins (1964).
    More Details Hide Details She starred as Queen Clarisse Marie Renaldi and reprised the role in a sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). In The Princess Diaries 2, Andrews sang on film for the first time since having throat surgery. The song, "Your Crowning Glory" (a duet with teen idol Raven-Symoné), was set in a limited range of an octave to accommodate her recovering voice. The film's music supervisor, Dawn Soler, recalled that Andrews "nailed the song on the first take. I looked around and I saw grips with tears in their eyes." Andrews continued her association with Disney when she appeared as the nanny in two television films based on the Eloise books, a series of children's books by Kay Thompson about a child who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
    In 2001, Andrews received Kennedy Center Honors.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she reunited with Sound of Music co-star Christopher Plummer in a live television performance of On Golden Pond (an adaptation of the 1979 play).
    From 2001 to 2004, Andrews starred in The Princess Diaries (2001), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).
    More Details Hide Details From 2004 to 2010, she lent her voice to the Shrek animated films, and Despicable Me (2010). Andrews has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, 5 Golden Globes, 3 Grammys, 2 Emmys, the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honors Award, and the Disney Legend Award. She is an author of children's books, and has published her autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (2008). Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Her mother, Barbara Ward Wells (née Morris) (1910—1984) was born 1910 in Chertsey and married Edward Charles "Ted" Wells (1908—1990), a teacher of metalwork and woodwork in 1932. However, Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with an unnamed family friend. Andrews discovered her true parentage from her mother in 1950, although it was not publicly disclosed until her 2008 autobiography.
  • 2000
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Andrews was among the guests at the Queen's Golden Jubilee Hollywood party held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She also appears at No.59 on the 2002 poll of the "100 Greatest Britons" sponsored by the BBC and chosen by the British public.
  • 1999
    Age 63
    The next year Andrews was reunited with James Garner for the CBS made-for-TV film, One Special Night, which aired in November 1999.
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    Originally, the doctors assured Andrews that she should regain her voice within six weeks, but Andrews' stepdaughter Jennifer Edwards said in 1999 "it's been two years, and it singing voice still hasn't returned."
    More Details Hide Details Her famous, four-octave soprano was then reduced to a fragile alto – she was quoted at the time as saying "I can sing the hell out of Old Man River." Subsequently from 2000 onwards Steven M. Zeitels director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation operated on her four times and while able to improve her speaking voice, was unable to restore her singing. Despite the loss of her singing voice, she kept busy with many projects. In 1998, she appeared in a stage production of Dr. Dolittle in London. As recounted on the Julie Andrews website, she performed the voice of Polynesia the parrot and "recorded some 700 sentences and sounds, which were placed on a computer chip that sat in the mechanical bird's mouth. In the song 'Talk to the Animals,' Polynesia the parrot even sings."
    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.
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  • 1997
    Age 61
    Andrews was forced to quit the show towards the end of the Broadway run in 1997 when she developed hoarseness in her voice.
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently underwent surgery at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital to remove non-cancerous nodules from her throat. (However, Andrews has recently stated that it was due to "a certain kind of muscular striation that happens on the vocal cords" as a result of strain from Victor/Victoria, adding "I didn't have cancer, I didn't have nodules, I didn't have anything.") She emerged from the surgery with permanent damage that destroyed the purity of her singing and gave a rasp to her speaking voice.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 59
    In 1995, she starred in the stage musical version of Victor/Victoria.
    More Details Hide Details It was her first appearance in a Broadway show in 35 years. Opening on Broadway on 25 October 1995 at the Marquis Theatre, it later went on the road on a world tour. When she was the only Tony Award nominee for the production, she declined the nomination saying that she could not accept because she felt the entire production was snubbed.
  • 1994
    Age 58
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 57
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 56
    In December 1992 she hosted the NBC holiday special, Christmas In Washington.
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    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 55
    In 1991, Andrews made her television dramatic debut in the ABC made-for-TV film, Our Sons, co-starring Ann-Margret.
    More Details Hide Details Andrews was named a Disney Legend within the year.
  • 1989
    Age 53
    Two years later, she was reunited for the third time with Carol Burnett for a variety special which aired on ABC in December 1989.
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  • 1987
    Age 51
    In December 1987, Andrews starred in an ABC Christmas special, Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas, which went on to win five Emmy Awards.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 47
    In 1983, Andrews was chosen as the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year by the Harvard University Theatrical Society.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she co-starred with Burt Reynolds in The Man Who Loved Women. Her next two films were That's Life! and Duet for One (both 1986), which earned her Golden Globe nominations.
  • 1982
    Age 46
    Her performance earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, as well as a nomination for the 1982 Academy Award for Best Actress, her third Oscar nomination.
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    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.
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  • 1981
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That was Andrews's first on-screen nude scene and got much attention as she poked fun at her own squeaky clean image.
  • 1980
    Age 44
    In February 1980, Andrews headlined "Because We Care", a CBS-TV special with 30 major stars raising funds for Cambodian Famine victims through Operation California (now Operation USA, on whose Board she serves).
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she starred in the film Little Miss Marker.
  • 1978
    Age 42
    The programme, Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring, aired in March 1978, to mixed reviews and mediocre ratings.
    More Details Hide Details She made only two other films in the 1970s, The Tamarind Seed (1974) and 10 (1979).
  • 1977
    Age 41
    She guest-starred on The Muppet Show in 1977, and the following year, she appeared again with the Muppets on a CBS television variety special.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 37
    Between 1973 and 1975, Andrews continued her association with ABC by headlining five variety specials for the network.
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  • 1972
    Age 36
    In 1972–73, Andrews starred in her own television variety series, The Julie Andrews Hour, on the ABC network.
    More Details Hide Details The show won seven Emmy Awards, but was cancelled after one season.
  • 1971
    Age 35
    In 1971, she appeared as a guest for the Grand Opening Special of Walt Disney World, and that same year she and Carol Burnett headlined a CBS special, Julie and Carol At Lincoln Center.
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  • 1969
    Age 33
    Andrews married Edwards in 1969; his children from a previous marriage, Jennifer and Geoffrey, were 3 and 5 years older than Emma, Andrews' daughter with Tony Walton.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s, Edwards and Andrews adopted two daughters; Amy in 1974 and Joanna in 1975. Andrews is a grandmother to nine and great-grandmother to three. Termed "Britain’s Youngest Prima Donna", Andrews' classically trained soprano, lauded for its "pure and clear" sound, has been described as light, bright and operatic in tone. When a young Andrews was taken by her parents to be examined by a throat specialist, the doctor concluded that she owned "an almost adult larynx." In spite of the fact that her voice teacher, English soprano Lilian Stiles-Allen, continually encouraged her to pursue opera, Andrews herself felt that her voice was unsuited for the genre and "too big a stretch for her". At the time, Andrews described her own voice as "extremely high and thin", feeling that it lacked "the necessary guts and weight for opera", preferring musical theatre instead. As Andrews aged, so did her voice, which began to naturally deepen. Losing her vast upper register, her "top notes" became increasingly difficult to sing while "her middle register matured into the warm golden tone" for which she has become known, according to Tim Wong of The Daily Telegraph.
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 30
    Also in 1966, she starred opposite Paul Newman in Torn Curtain, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she played the eponymous character in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. At the time, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Torn Curtain were the biggest and second biggest hits in Universal Pictures history, respectively. Andrews next appeared in two of Hollywood's most expensive flops: Star! (1968), a biopic of Gertrude Lawrence; and Darling Lili (1970), co-starring Rock Hudson and directed by her second husband, Blake Edwards. Sometime in 1970, Andrews was one of the many actresses considered for the lead role of English witch Eglantine Price in Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, losing the role to Angela Lansbury.
    In 1966, Andrews starred in Hawaii, the highest-grossing film of its year.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 29
    In 1965, Andrews starred in The Sound of Music, which was the highest-grossing film of the year.
    More Details Hide Details It was also the biggest hit in the history of 20th Century Fox. As of 2013, it is the third highest-grossing film of all time in the United States, adjusted for inflation. For her performance as Maria Von Trapp, Andrews won her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, though she lost to Julie Christie, for Darling. After completing The Sound of Music, Andrews appeared as a guest star on the NBC-TV variety series The Andy Williams Show. She followed this television appearance with an Emmy Award-winning special, The Julie Andrews Show, which featured Gene Kelly and the New Christy Minstrels as guests. It aired on NBC-TV in November 1965.
    She and her co-stars also won the 1965 Grammy Award for Best Album for Children.
    More Details Hide Details As a measure of "sweet revenge," as Poppins songwriter Richard M. Sherman put it, Andrews closed her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes by saying, "And, finally, my thanks to a man who made a wonderful movie and who made all this possible in the first place, Mr. Jack Warner." My Fair Lady was in direct competition for the awards. Andrews starred opposite James Garner in The Americanization of Emily (1964), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress in a Leading Role. A comedy-drama war film set in London during World War II, Andrews has described it as her favourite film, a sentiment shared by her co-star Garner.
  • 1964
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 27
    In 1963, Andrews began her work in the title role of Disney's musical film Mary Poppins.
    More Details Hide Details Walt Disney had seen a performance of Camelot and thought Andrews would be perfect for the role of the British nanny who is "practically perfect in every way!" Andrews initially declined because of pregnancy, but Disney politely insisted, saying, "We'll wait for you."
  • 1962
    Age 26
    Andrews and Walton headed back to Britain in September 1962 to await the birth of daughter Emma Katherine Walton, who was born in London two months later.
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  • 1960
    Age 24
    In 1960, Lerner and Loewe again cast her in a period musical as Queen Guinevere in Camelot, along with Richard Burton (as King Arthur) and newcomer Robert Goulet.
    More Details Hide Details However film studio head Jack L. Warner decided Andrews lacked sufficient name recognition for her casting in the film version of My Fair Lady; Eliza was played by the established film actress Audrey Hepburn instead. As Warner later recalled, the decision was easy, "In my business I have to know who brings people and their money to a cinema box office. Audrey Hepburn had never made a financial flop."
  • 1959
    Age 23
    Andrews married Walton on 10 May 1959 in Weybridge, Surrey.
    More Details Hide Details They had first met in 1948 when Andrews was appearing at the London Casino in the show Humpty Dumpty.
    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.
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  • 1958
    Age 22
    Between 1958 and 1962, Andrews appeared on such specials as CBS-TV's The Fabulous Fifties and NBC-TV's The Broadway of Lerner & Loewe.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to guest starring on The Ed Sullivan Show (15 July 1956), she also appeared on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, What's My Line? The Jack Benny Program, The Bell Telephone Hour and The Garry Moore Show. In June 1962, Andrews co-starred in Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, a CBS special with Carol Burnett.
  • 1957
    Age 21
    In 1957, Andrews released her debut solo album, The Lass with the Delicate Air, which harked back to her British music hall days.
    More Details Hide Details The album includes performances of English folk songs as well as the World War II anthem, "London Pride", a patriotic song written by Noël Coward in the spring of 1941 during the Blitz, which Andrews herself had survived. Dame Julie Andrews has received many Honorary degrees in recognition of her distinguished career in entertainment. These include: Honorary Degrees Andrews has published books under her name as well as the pen names Julie Andrews Edwards and Julie Edwards.
  • 1956
    Age 20
    In 1956, she appeared on stage in My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle to Rex Harrison's Henry Higgins.
    More Details Hide Details Rodgers was so impressed with Andrews' talent that concurrent with her run in My Fair Lady, she was featured in the Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical, Cinderella. Cinderella was broadcast live on CBS on 31 March 1957 under the musical direction of Alfredo Antonini and attracted an estimated 107 million viewers. The show was broadcast in colour from CBS Studio 72, at 2248 Broadway in New York City. Only a black-and-white kinescope remains, which has been released on DVD. Andrews was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 19
    In November 1955 Andrews was signed to appear with Bing Crosby in what is regarded as the first made-for-television film, High Tor.
    More Details Hide Details Andrews auditioned for a part in the Richard Rodgers musical Pipe Dream. Although Rodgers wanted her for Pipe Dream, he advised her to take the part in the Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner musical My Fair Lady if it were offered to her.
  • 1954
    Age 18
    The same year she made her debut as a theatre director, directing a revival of The Boy Friend, the musical in which she made her 1954 Broadway debut, at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details To the critics, Andrews was the stand-out performer in the show. Near the end of her Boy Friend contract, as a Londoner Andrews was asked to audition for the role of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway and got the part.
  • 1949
    Age 13
    She reportedly made her television début on the BBC programme RadiOlympia Showtime on 8 October 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Andrews appeared on West End theatre at the London Casino, where she played one year each as Princess Badroulbadour in Aladdin and the egg in Humpty Dumpty. She also appeared on provincial stages in Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as starring as the lead role in Cinderella.
  • 1948
    Age 12
    On 1 November 1948, Julie Andrews (aged 13) became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Command Variety Performance, at the London Palladium, where she performed along with Danny Kaye, the Nicholas Brothers and the comedy team George and Bert Bernard for members of King George VI's family.
    More Details Hide Details Julie Andrews followed her parents into radio and television. She performed in musical interludes of the BBC Light Programme comedy show Up the Pole and later Educating Archie, of which she was a cast member from 1950 to 1952.
    Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954).
    More Details Hide Details She rose to prominence starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady (1956) and Camelot (1960). In 1957, Andrews starred in the premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's written-for-television musical Cinderella, a live network broadcast seen by over 100 million viewers. Andrews made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins (1964), and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. She starred in The Sound of Music (1965), playing Maria, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Between 1964 and 1986, she starred in, The Americanization of Emily (1964), Hawaii (1966), Torn Curtain (1966), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Star! (1968), The Tamarind Seed (1974), 10 (1979), Victor Victoria (1982), That's Life! (1986), and Duet for One (1986).
  • 1947
    Age 11
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She played the Hippodrome for one year. Andrews recalled "Starlight Roof" saying, "There was this wonderful American person and comedian, Wally Boag, who made balloon animals. He would say, 'Is there any little girl or boy in the audience who would like one of these?' And I would rush up onstage and say, 'I'd like one, please.' And then he would chat to me and I'd tell him I sang... I was fortunate in that I absolutely stopped the show cold. I mean, the audience went crazy."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Age 9
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She would stand on a beer crate to sing into the microphone, sometimes a solo or as a duet with her stepfather, while her mother played piano. "It must have been ghastly, but it seemed to go down all right."
  • 1943
    Age 7
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ted Wells assisted with evacuating children to Surrey during the Blitz, while Barbara joined Ted Andrews in entertaining the troops through the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA).
  • 1940
    Age 4
    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.
    More Details Hide Details According to her 2008 autobiography Home, while Julie had been used to calling Ted Andrews "Uncle Ted", her mother suggested it would be more appropriate to refer to her stepfather as "Pop", while her father remained "Dad" or "Daddy" to her. Julie disliked this change. The Andrews family was "very poor and we lived in a bad slum area of London," Andrews recalled, adding, "That was a very black period in my life." According to Andrews, her stepfather was violent and an alcoholic. Ted Andrews twice, while drunk, tried to get into bed with his stepdaughter, resulting in Andrews fitting a lock on her door. But, as the stage career of Ted and Barbara Andrews improved, they were able to afford to move to better surroundings, first to Beckenham and then, as the war ended, back to the Andrews' home town of Hersham. The Andrews family took up residence at the Old Meuse, in West Grove, Hersham, a house (now demolished) where Andrews' maternal grandmother had served as a maid.
  • 1935
    Born
    Born on October 1, 1935.
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