About Julie Andrews
Gifted with a flawless, four-octave soprano voice, English singer and actor Julie Andrews began performing as a child, joining her musical family as they entertained troops during World War II.
∙ The Queen of England was in the audience when Andrews made her first solo appearance at London’s Stage Door Canteen at age 11, performing a piece from the opera Mignon.
∙ Praise for her Broadway debut in the 1954 musical The Boy Friend led to her Tony-nominated breakout role as Eliza Doolittle in the original production of My Fair Lady.
∙ Theater legends Rodgers & Hammerstein agreed to write the 1957 TV musical Cinderella—the most-viewed broadcast in history when it aired—only because she was its star.
∙ She won her only Oscar for the title role of the 1964 classic Mary Poppins, which she initially turned down because she was pregnant when Walt Disney first approached her.
∙ The iconic soundtrack for the 1965 film The Sound of Music spent two years in the Pop Top 10, and her performance as Maria von Trapp earned Andrews a Golden Globe.
∙ Though it lasted for only a single season, her critically acclaimed 1972 variety show, The Julie Andrews Hour, picked up an impressive seven Emmy Awards.
∙ Her career-revitalizing role as Queen Clarisse Renaldi in 2001’s The Princess Diaries came just a year after she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire.
∙ Two of her books—Home: A Memoir of My Early Years and The Very Fairy Princess, a children’s story written with her daughter—topped The New York Times Best Seller list.
∙ The American Film Institute, Grammy Awards, and Screen Actors Guild have all honored her with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
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