October 1, 1935
Academy Award Winner Julie Andrews is one of the world's most loved stars of stage and screen. Born in Walton-On-Thames, a riverside town a few miles out of London, her mother and stepfather were music hall performers. By the age of age 8 she had a fully formed adult throat and a four-octave voice, so it was no surprise when she followed her parents footsteps, appearing first on the London stage at twelve years of age. She continued to perform in Variety throughout her childhood and teens, and was always immensely popular.
In 1954 she crossed the Atlantic to star in the Broadway production of The Boyfriend. In 1963, during Camelot's Broadway run, Walt Disney approached her to star in her first feature film Mary Poppins, a role for which she won universal acclaim and an Oscar. Following Mary Poppins Andrews went on to star in the films The Americanization of Emily and The Sound Of Music, which brought her a second Academy Award nomination and became the highest grossing film of all time.
It was during the 1960's that she filmed the first of her many television specials and it was ABC's The Julie Andrews' Hour which won eight Emmy Awards.
The next time she took to the big screen was in conjunction with her husband Blake Edwards to film The Tamarind Seed. In 1981 she received her third Academy Award nomination for her role in Victor/Victoria.
Things seemed grim in March 1998 when Julie underwent throat surgery to remove non-cancerous nodules. For a while it appeared that Julie would never grace the world with her voice again. But at the 1999 Tony Awards she performed a wonderful duet with Carol Burnett as was in the best of form. Her fans breathed a sigh of relief; Julie Andrews was back and was staying put.
In addition to her prestigious film, stage and TV career she has had huge success as a recording artist and has released 18 albums including: Love Julie, The Sound Of Christmas, and her Grammy-nominated album Julie Andrews - Broadway: The Music of Richard Rodgers. She is also a successful children's author, and works for a wide range of international charities as well as being a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for
She is married to movie producer, Blake Edwards and has five children: Emma (with ex-husband Tony Walton), Jennifer (stepdaughter), Geoffrey (stepson), Amy Leigh (adopted) and Joanna Lynne (adopted).
In 1999, she was named a Dame by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on New Year's Eve. A well deserved title for a long and lusterous career that will continue for years to come.
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