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It would surprise no one, perhaps, to learn that Julie Andrews travels with her own teakettle.

On a late afternoon last winter she and Christopher Plummer met me at the Loews Regency Hotel, in Manhattan, to talk about the 50th anniversary of the movie version of The Sound of Music, which is being re-released in theaters in April. For anyone who saw it originally, in 1965, it hardly seems possible that so much time has passed. Now that Plummer is 85 and Andrews is 79, you can imagine how they feel.

It was during the filming of The Sound of Music that Andrews and Plummer began a friendship, which, half a century later, is still going strong. Andrews’s husband, Blake Edwards, directed Plummer in The Return of the Pink Panther in 1975, and they remained friendly until the director’s death, in 2010. (Edwards and Andrews had been married for 41 years; Plummer has been married to his wife, Elaine, since 1970.) In 2001, Andrews and Plummer co-starred in a live television production of On Golden Pond, and in 2002 they toured the U.S. and Canada together in a stage extravaganza called A Royal Christmas. By now, they have perfected the well-worn patter of an old married couple themselves.

Once Andrews’s kettle was pressed into service and the tea was brewed and poured, the two of them settled onto the couch in a suite to talk. They had just returned from a photo shoot. I asked how it went, and Andrews leapt in: “Well, I was dressed in black. He was dressed in black. We were against some white, I think. I had a great pair of earrings, and my hair was really exciting. It was done up rather wildly.”

“You didn’t notice me at all, did you?” Plummer asked wanly.

“No, I didn’t,” she answered vigorously.

He pouted. “I haven’t eaten anything for days,” he announced.

She responded on cue. “Oh, honeybun, that’s terrible!”

Heartened, he continued, “There was a charity dinner last night, and the food was so awful nobody ate anything.” She fumbled through her bags. He looked on hopefully, but she landed on a bottle of Advil. “I have to have these—I’m sorry,” she said, shaking out a few pills, which dropped onto the carpet. She picked them up and swallowed them anyway. “There were just so many stairs today,” she said, continuing to dig until she unearthed a Kashi peanut-butter granola bar. “I brought half a peanut-butter cookie with me,” she told him cajolingly.

He eyed it shrewdly. “Not half,” he said. “A quarter.”

O.K., guys. Part of the reason we’re here today is to talk about your 50-year friendship.

“What do you mean, friendship?” Andrews asked.

“Exactly,” Plummer said.

Not His Favorite Thing

Through the decades, Plummer has remained unabashedly ornery about playing Captain von Trapp. He was, even in the early 1960s, a celebrated stage actor and chose to do the film primarily as training for playing Cyrano de Bergerac in a Broadway musical (a role that would not materialize until 1973). Instead, at 34, with gray highlights in his hair, he found himself shipwrecked aboard what he considered the Good Ship Lollipop as an unwitting party to seven chipper children, a warbling nun, and a bosun’s whistle. Indeed, when The Sound of Music was released, the reviews were awful. Pauline Kael trounced it as “mechanically engineered” to transform the audience into “emotional and aesthetic imbeciles when we hear ourselves humming the sickly, goody-goody songs.” In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther allowed that Andrews “goes at it happily and bravely” while noting that the other adult actors “are fairly horrendous, especially Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp.”

Celebrating 50 Years of The Sound of Music, Through Photographs

1 / 11Chevron Chevron From MPTVImages.com. Andrews and Plummer, with the Alps in the background, on location for The Sound of Music.

Plummer returned to the theater, where he was, is, and always will be a giant. (His Iago was masterly, as was his Lear.) Ten years after The Sound of Music, he found his footing on-screen as a character actor portraying Rudyard Kipling, opposite Sean Connery and Michael Caine, in John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King, and he has worked steadily in film ever since. In 2012, he accepted an Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role for Beginners, in which he played (underplayed, beautifully) a husband and father who comes out as gay in much later life. He has just shot the lead in Remember, a thriller directed by Atom Egoyan, and is choosing between two new film roles.

Whether Plummer likes it or not, the legacy of The Sound of Music feeds his currency. The incurably handsome, subtly grieving, widowered Captain von Trapp was always the heartthrob in the movie, never Rolf, the twerpy teenage messenger boy. The fact that it took a guitar-playing nun with bad clothes and good values to trump the elegant yet shallow Baroness is pure Hollywood justice. Off-screen, the well-born Plummer (his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was prime minister of Canada) spent his life compensating as a notorious bad boy—drinking and carousing, skewering himself with self-deprecating humor as he happily trashed the conceited or self-important along the way. His 2008 memoir, In Spite of Myself, is a show-business tour de force.

Julie Andrews

Another musical film featuring Andrews was 1967’s THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, which Hirschhorn hailed as “an irresistible mixture of brashness, charm, and nostalgia put together with expertise.” Like her first major stage play, MILLIE had Andrews portraying a young woman during the 1920s — a young woman who goes to New York City as a secretary in search of a rich husband and becomes involved in a white slavery ring. During what Hirschhorn describes as a “thoroughly captivating star performance,” Andrews sang ditties such as “Jimmy” and “Poor Butterfly.”

She became the youngest actress ever to play the part of Eliza Doolittle professionally.

Not long after filming MILLIE, Andrews divorced her first husband, theatrical designer Tony Walton, and married motion-picture producer and director Blake Edwards, famed for his PINK PANTHER films. She began working in Edwards’ efforts, including 1970’s DARLING LILI. Andrews was also featured as actor Dudley Moore’s long-suffering girlfriend in Edwards’ 10. In 1981’s S.O.B., Edwards spoofed his wife’s wholesome image by making a big production of her character, Sally Miles, baring her breasts for the camera. Andrews perhaps moved even further from her former reputation when she portrayed a singing transvestite in Edwards’ 1982 motion picture, VICTOR/VICTORIA. The critics especially took her seriously in the latter role, and she received nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her part in the film.

During the late 1980s, Andrews concentrated on more serious film roles, ones that did not utilize her talent for singing. Though Edwards’ 1986 effort THAT’S LIFE is a comedy, Andrews’ portrayal of Gillian Fairchild is a serious one — Gillian is waiting for the results of a biopsy. Andrews “is the movie’s strong, quiet heart,” declared reviewer David Ansen in NEWSWEEK, “and it is she who devastates us when she finally unleashes her pent-up emotions.” Despite some negative comments about the film in general, critics tended to agree favorably about Andrews’ performance in DUET FOR ONE. Playing a famed violinist dying of multiple sclerosis, “Andrews doesn’t tear a passion to tatters; she uses it to stitch a coherent soul,” according to Richard Corliss of TIME. And MACLEAN’s critic Lawrence O’Toole asserted that “Andrews gives what may be the performance of her life in DUET FOR ONE.”

But Andrews continues entertaining fans with her voice. In 1988 she released the album LOVE, JULIE, which featured her renditions of songs like “Tea for Two,” “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Though PEOPLE reviewer David Hiltbrand considered the disc a mixed effort, he had praise for the “sensuousness to her tone,” and said that her voice was “sweet and clear, often frosted with an appreciable sparkle.”

Source: Excerpted from CONTEMPORARY MUSICIANS, VOLUME 4, Gale Research, © 1990 Gale Research. Reprinted by permission of The Gale Group.

Photo credits: Photofest and the New York Public Library

Julie Andrews Net Worth

Julie Andrews Net Worth: Julie Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer and dancer who has a net worth of $45 million dollars. Julie Andrews was born October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. She became a film star in 1964 with lead roles in The Americanization of Emily, opposite James Garner, and in the internationally acclaimed Mary Poppins. It was as the lovable, magical nanny in Mary Poppins that Andrews won her first Academy Award for Best Actress. The following year, she was nominated for her part in another musical, The Sound of Music, which was hugely successful. These films remain popular and relevant even today. In the ’80s Andrews starred in 1981’s S.O.B., which took a satirical approach to Hollywood and was directed by her second husband Blake Edwards. The next year, Andrews took gender-bending to new heights in Victor/Victoria—yet another collaboration with husband Blake Edwards. Over the next several years, she would work on many projects with her husband, including Darling Lili (1970), The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and That’s Life (1986). Andrews experienced a huge personal setback in the late ’90s when her vocal chords were damaged during an operation. She never regained her powerful, sharp singing voice, but continued to act in films and TV movies. Andrews received a special distinction around this same time—she was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II of England. Befitting as an English dame, she played royalty in the film The Princess Diaries (2001) and its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Andrews also starred as the voice of Queen Lillian in the second and third installments of the animated film series Shrek. Additionally, she has written several children’s books with her daughter from her first marriage to Tony Walton, Emma Walton Hamilton. For several decades, Andrews has been entertaining and delighting audiences worldwide. In 2007, she received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for her professional accomplishments.

Julie Andrews, in full Dame Julie Andrews, original name Julia Elizabeth Wells, (born October 1, 1935, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England), English motion-picture, stage, and musical star noted for her crystalline four-octave voice and her charm and skill as an actress.

  • Julie Andrews in The Sound of MusicJulie Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965).Courtesy of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

At the age of 10, Andrews began singing with her pianist mother and singer stepfather (whose last name she legally adopted) in their music-hall act. Demonstrating a remarkably powerful voice with perfect pitch, she made her solo professional debut in 1947 singing an operatic aria in Starlight Roof, a revue staged at the London Hippodrome.

Andrews made her Broadway debut in 1954 in the American production of the popular British musical spoof The Boy Friend. In 1956 she created the role of the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s classic musical My Fair Lady. Andrews’s performance was universally acclaimed, and the production became one of the biggest hits in Broadway history, as well as a huge success in Britain. In 1957, during the show’s run, Andrews appeared on American television in a musical version of Cinderella, written for her by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. In 1960 she had another hit in a role developed especially for her, that of Queen Guinevere in Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot.

Julie Andrews.Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Although Andrews lost the part of Eliza in the film version of My Fair Lady (1964), she did make her movie debut that year. After seeing her performance in Camelot, Walt Disney went backstage and offered Andrews the title role of the magical proper English nanny in his Mary Poppins (1964). The picture became one of Disney’s biggest moneymakers, and Andrews won both a Grammy and an Academy Award for her performance. The wholesome role and image, however, would prove difficult for Andrews to shed. Her portrayal of the governess and aspiring nun Maria in The Sound of Music (1965), one of the top-grossing films of all time, earned Andrews another Academy Award nomination and further reinforced her sweet, “goody-goody” image.

  • Mary PoppinsJulie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins (1964), directed by Robert Stevenson.© The Walt Disney Company
  • The Sound of MusicJulie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music (1965).© 1965 Twentieth Century-Fox Corporation

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Andrews attempted to change that image with dramatic, nonmusical roles in such films as The Americanization of Emily (1964) and Alfred Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain (1966), but these were overshadowed by her musicals, whose success made her one of the biggest stars of the decade. By the late 1960s, however, traditional film musicals were declining in popularity. Andrews starred in two expensive musical flops—Star! (1968) and Darling Lili (1970), the latter produced, directed, and cowritten by Blake Edwards, whom she married in 1970—and was considered by many to be a has-been. She continued to make television and concert appearances, and, using the name Julie Edwards, she wrote two children’s books—Mandy (1971) and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (1974). She did not, however, have another notable film role until 1979, when she played a supporting part in Edwards’s popular comedy 10 (1979). Beginning with that picture, audiences began to accept Andrews in a wider range of roles.

She proved herself a versatile actress, adept at both comedy and drama, and she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance as a woman impersonating a male female-impersonator in Edwards’s Victor/Victoria (1982). She was also widely praised for her portrayal of a violinist struggling with multiple sclerosis in Duet for One (1986). Her later films included the family comedies The Princess Diaries (2001) and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). She also narrated the fantasy Enchanted (2007) and provided the voice of the queen in several of the animated Shrek films (2004, 2007, and 2010). In addition, Andrews voiced characters in Despicable Me (2010), Despicable Me 3 (2017), and Aquaman (2018). In 2011 she won a Grammy Award for Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, a spoken-word album for children, and she was honoured with a special Grammy for lifetime achievement.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementJulie Andrews (left) and Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).© 2004 Walt Disney Studios. All rights reserved.

Andrews reprised her Victor/Victoria role on Broadway in 1995 and stirred up controversy when she refused to accept a Tony nomination for her performance—the only nomination the show received—because she felt that the rest of the cast and crew, which included director Edwards, had been “egregiously overlooked.” In 1997 Andrews was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Three years later she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). She wrote the autobiographies Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (2008) and Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (2019); the latter was written with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.

The star we know today as Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, then a small village, roughly 18 miles south of London, England. Her father, Ted Wells, was a schoolteacher and enjoyed the simple life of the countryside. Her mother, Barbara, a talented pianist, taught piano but longed for a career on the stage. Ted and Barbara Wells divorced on the eve of World War II, and Barbara married Ted Andrews, a professional singer. Ted and Barbara Andrews formed a musical act and toured England entertaining the troops. Ted Andrews gave the little girl her first singing lessons, and was immediately impressed with the child’s strong voice, large vocal range, perfect pitch and precocious musical ability. At age eight, she was taken to study with Lilian Styles-Allen, a noted concert singer. Styles-Allen trained her pupil in operatic repertoire and taught her the perfect diction for which she would become famous. Although Julia remained close to her father, she lived with her mother and took her stepfather’s surname when she joined the family act at age ten.

Twelve-year-old Julie Andrews at play in the family music room in this 1947 publicity photo. (© Bettmann/CORBIS)

Julie Andrews, as she was now known, made her radio debut in 1946, singing a duet with Ted Andrews on a BBC variety show. She gave her first performance as a solo artist at London’s Stage Door Canteen, where she was seen by two members of the Royal Family, the mother and sister of the present Queen. The exquisitely self-possessed little girl with the crystal-clear voice was attracting the attention of serious theatrical management and was soon ready to make the move from provincial music halls to the theaters of London’s West End. At age 12, Julie Andrews was cast in a musical revue, Starlight Roof, at the London Hippodrome. Her first appearance stopped the show, and the revue ran for over a year. Julie Andrews became the youngest performer ever to appear at a Royal Command performance, singing an aria from Mignon for King George VI at the London Palladium.

In the 1950s, Julie Andrews was a regular guest on the popular BBC radio show Educating Archie. (Getty Images)

The American film studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which had recently opened a London branch, made a screen test of the young singer, perhaps seeing her as a successor to the child singing stars of the pre-war era. The studio failed to offer her a contract, dismissing her as “unphotographable.” Nevertheless, she soon appeared on one of Britain’s first television variety programs.

The teenage Julie Andrews was a regular presence on popular British radio shows in the 1950s, and as she grew into young womanhood, she played leading roles in a series of Christmas pantomimes. The “pantos,” a holiday tradition in Britain, are popular family entertainments, usually based on a familiar fairy tale. Far from being silent, as the name might suggest, they typically include lots of singing, dancing and male comedians in drag. Each holiday season of her teens found Julie Andrews playing another fairy tale heroine, from Little Red Riding Hood to princesses in Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk. She was appearing in one of these when she met an aspiring artist named Tony Walton, who would play a large role in her later life. During the regular season, she continued to perform as a solo artist and with Ted and Barbara Andrews.

1956: Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, and Robert Coote performing the song “The Rain in Spain” from My Fair Lady.

Julie Andrews was playing the title role in the pantomime Cinderella when she was first seen by the songwriter Sandy Wilson and the American producer Cy Feuer. Wilson was the creator of a popular West End musical, The Boy Friend, a pastiche of the musical comedies of the 1920s. Cy Feuer planned to bring the show to Broadway and wanted to recruit a British cast to preserve the flavor of the London production. When Feuer and his partner, Ernest Martin, offered Julie Andrews the lead in the Broadway production of The Boy Friend, she was reluctant to travel to America. She was only 18 and had never traveled so far from her family. She finally agreed to a one-year contract, and boarded the plane for the country where she would spend most of her life.

The Boy Friend was an immediate success on Broadway, and the teenage Julie Andrews was a sensation, delighting critics and audiences with her fresh good looks, grace, sparkling singing voice and gem-like diction. She was asked to audition for the words and music team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, who were preparing the original production of My Fair Lady, their musical version of the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Lerner and Loewe had not enjoyed a success on Broadway since Brigadoon, almost a decade earlier, and many Broadway hands doubted that the two could make a successful musical out of George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy.

Julie Andrews in High Tor, filmed in 1955 by Desilu Productions and broadcast March 10, 1956, on the television series Ford Star Jubilee. The film starred Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson, Hans Conreid, and Keenan Wynn. (CBS Photo)

The role of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion — a bedraggled street urchin in the first act, transformed into a regal society beauty in the second — had already been played by many distinguished actresses on stage and screen. The musical adaptation called for a versatile young actress who was also an accomplished singer. Although a number of established stars coveted the part, Lerner, Loewe and director Moss Hart decided to take a chance on the 20-year-old Julie Andrews, who had never before acted in such a demanding role. Her costar, Rex Harrison, an experienced stage and film star, had never sung on stage before. The rehearsals were difficult. Although Andrews was more than capable of carrying off the demanding songs, her relative lack of acting experience caused unease in the company. Director Hart worked with her tirelessly, a process she recounts in her interview with the Academy of Achievement.

1960: Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner cast Julie Andrews in a period musical as Queen Guinevere in Camelot.

When My Fair Lady opened in 1956, it was an unprecedented success. Critics acclaimed it as the greatest musical ever staged and it sold out months in advance. Julie Andrews won universal praise for her incandescent performance. The original cast recording became a best-seller, one of the most successful releases in the history of Columbia Records. It remained a mainstay of the label’s catalogue for many years.

Days before the show opened, Andrews also made her American television debut in a musical version of the Maxwell Anderson play High Tor, appearing opposite Bing Crosby. After playing Cinderella in pantomime and starring in the most successful of modern Cinderella stories, Julie Andrews was asked to play the role yet again when America’s premier theatrical songwriters, Rodgers and Hammerstein, wrote an original musical for television with the new star in mind. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella aired live on CBS, with Andrews taking a night off from her eight-performance-a-week schedule in My Fair Lady.

1964: Dick Van Dyke as chimney sweep “Bert” and Julie Andrews as “Mary Poppins” dancing in the iconic rooftop scene in the film Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is a musical-fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, loosely based on P. L. Travers’s book series Mary Poppins. The film, which combines live-action and animation, stars Julie Andrews in her feature film debut as Mary Poppins. Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns are featured in supporting roles. The film was shot entirely at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.

After two years of playing Eliza on Broadway, Julie Andrews returned at last to England to star in My Fair Lady in London’s West End. The show was just as successful in London as it had been in New York, and she settled in for a second long run in the show. While in London, she renewed her acquaintance with her childhood friend Tony Walton, who was now embarking on his own theatrical career as a designer of sets and costumes. Andrews and Walton were married in 1959.

Back in New York, Lerner, Loewe and director Moss Hart were eager for Julie Andrews to star as Queen Guinevere in their new musical, Camelot, with Richard Burton as King Arthur and Broadway newcomer Robert Goulet as Lancelot. Despite the acclaimed performances of a prodigiously talented cast, the show’s Broadway run got off to a rocky start. Initial ticket sales were slow, but when Andrews and Burton performed scenes from the show on the popular Ed Sullivan television program, box office demand skyrocketed. The original cast recording sold well and was a particular favorite of President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy in the White House.

February 18, 1965: Julie Andrews won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her performance in the title role of Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964). She and her co-stars also won the 1965 Grammy Award for Best Album for Children. In 1965, Andrews played Marie von Trapp, in the classic film production of The Sound of Music, which was the highest-grossing film of the year. It was also the biggest hit in the history of 20th Century Fox. For her performance as Maria von Trapp, Andrews won her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. (Getty Images)

During her two-year run in Camelot, Andrews was approached by Walt Disney to star in a film musical of the children’s book Mary Poppins. At the time, she was expecting her first child, but Disney was willing to wait until after her child was born to begin production. Andrews and Walton had a daughter, Emma, in 1962. Andrews had hoped to be cast in the film version of My Fair Lady; she and her many admirers were disappointed when Warner Brothers chose to cast an established film star, Audrey Hepburn, in the role. Publicity surrounding the choice was intense; Hepburn was not a trained singer, and her vocals were dubbed by singer Marni Nixon.

Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews at the 1965 Academy Awards. Hepburn beat out Andrews for the leading role in the film of My Fair Lady, but Julie Andrews won the year’s Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Mary Poppins.

Meanwhile, Julie Andrews set to work on her film for Walt Disney. Mary Poppins was a huge success and immediately established Julie Andrews as an international film star. Her triumph was confirmed when she won the 1964 Best Actress Oscar for her very first film appearance. She followed up this success with her dramatic film debut in the World War II satire The Americanization of Emily with James Garner, who would become a frequent co-star and lifelong friend.

1965: Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp in the motion picture classic The Sound of Music. A heartwarming story, it is based on the real-life adventures of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey, who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home. The Sound of Music is the third-highest-grossing U.S. movie of all time.

Andrews scored the most spectacular success of her career with the starring role in The Sound of Music, another Broadway musical adaptation and the most successful motion picture made up until that time. Andrews was nominated for an Oscar again, and the film was honored as Best Picture of the Year. It remains a beloved classic. Forty years after its original release, it draws huge crowds to massive outdoor sing-along screenings such as those held in the 25,000-seat Hollywood Bowl. The reigning international film star of the mid-1960s, Andrews starred in the most successful film of 1966, Hawaii, and in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Torn Curtain with Paul Newman. In 1967, she shone in yet another successful musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. That same year, her marriage to Tony Walton ended, although the pair remained close friends and have often collaborated in the years since.

1982: Julie Andrews, James Garner and Robert Preston, in the film Victor/Victoria, directed by Blake Edwards.

A film biography of the British singer and actress Gertrude Lawrence — Star! — was a box office disappointment. Audiences were turning away from musical films. Her next starring vehicle, a musical spy story of the First World War, Darling Lili, was also a commercial failure, but proved to be a personal success for Andrews on another level. Her first collaboration with director Blake Edwards, it marked the beginning of a 41-year partnership in art and life. Andrews and Edwards were married in 1969. The couple raised his two children from a previous marriage and adopted two more of their own.

1986: Julie Andrews and her husband, director Blake Edwards. After divorcing first husband Tony Walton in 1967, she married Edwards in 1969. Andrews and Edwards made seven films during their 41 years of marriage. Edwards is best known as the creator of Pink Panther films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Victor/Victoria. (Credit: Jack Mitchell)

After a number of successful television specials with her friend Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews hosted her own weekly variety show on CBS television in the 1972-73 season. She also enjoyed great success as a concert artist, with appearances at the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium. In these years, she also began writing children’s books under her married name, Julie Andrews Edwards. After the success of Mandy (1971) and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (1974), she collaborated with her daughter, Emma Walton, on Dumpy the Dump Truck and its many sequels, a popular series of books for very small children. Her novels Dragon and Simeon’s Gift introduce young readers to the lore of the Middle Ages. Several of her books have been illustrated by her ex-husband, Tony Walton.

2004: Academy member and English stage and screen actress Dame Julie Andrews addresses delegates at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Trading Room, an exact replica of the original trading floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange.

Although Hollywood was no longer producing the kind of musical films that had made her famous, Julie Andrews continued to develop her dramatic talents in a wider variety of roles in the 1970s and ’80s, appearing in a number of films directed by her husband, Blake Edwards, including The Tamarind Seed, 10, S.O.B. and That’s Life. Andrews and Edwards enjoyed a notable success with the 1982 film Victor/Victoria, in which Andrews played a woman who disguises herself as a young man and achieves success on stage as a female impersonator. This comedy of gender confusion struck a chord with international audiences in the 1980s and reunited her with co-star James Garner.

Awards Council member George Lucas presenting the Golden Plate Award to Julie Andrews during the 2004 International Achievement Summit’s Banquet of the Golden Plate in Stanley Hall of Chicago’s Field Museum.

In the 1990s, Andrews became increasingly involved in international charities. Since 1992, she has served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which assists women and their communities in impoverished countries. Another favorite charity is Operation USA, a California-based international relief agency.

Andrews returned to the New York theater in 1993 with an appearance in the small ensemble cast of the Stephen Sondheim revue Putting It Together. It was clear that theater audiences wanted more of Julie Andrews, and she brought a stage version of Victor/Victoria to Broadway in 1995. An enormous success with critics and the public, Andrews appeared in the show for two years. After developing vocal problems, due to the growth of ovules on her vocal cords, she sought treatment through surgery, but the operation damaged her larynx irreparably, effectively ending her singing career. Expert opinion concluded that the surgery had been improperly performed and Andrews received a settlement, reported to be as high as $30 million.

During the Academy’s 2006 International Achievement Summit in Los Angeles, Dame Julie Andrews shared her vivid memories of shooting the timeless classic The Sound of Music right there at the 20th Century Fox studio.

Her speaking voice remained unimpaired, and Andrews has continued her acting career. A new audience discovered Julie Andrews through her role as the Queen in the film The Princess Diaries and its sequel. Her speaking voice has also been heard in the animated Shrek films and in 2010’s Despicable Me. In the sixth decade of her career, Julie Andrews is branching out in still more avenues of the performing arts, directing a successful revival of The Boy Friend, the show that first brought her to America as a teenager. She continues to act, direct, write and contribute her boundless energy to her favorite causes, including Operation USA and Haitian earthquake relief.

In 2008, Andrews published the first volume of her autobiography: Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, recounting her life up until her departure for Hollywood to star in Mary Poppins. The book received excellent reviews and immediately went to the top of The New York Times bestseller list. The same year, she toured the United States in a concert performance with orchestra and backup singers, Julie Andrews: The Gift of Music.

December 2, 2017: Julie Andrews hosts the Kennedy Centers Honors Dinner in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. Julie Andrews was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor in 2001.

She topped the bestseller lists again in 2010 with her 23rd book, A Very Fairy Princess. The same year saw Julie Andrews back on the big screen in The Tooth Fairy, and marked her return to the London stage for the first time in 21 years, in a performance of Julie Andrews: The Gift of Music at the O2 Arena before 20,000 adoring fans. This triumphant year came to a sad end with the loss of her husband of 41 years, Blake Edwards, shortly before Christmas. Julie Andrews and her children were with Edwards at the time of his death in a Santa Monica hospital. The couple had long maintained homes in Los Angeles and in Gstaad, Switzerland. Julie Andrews published a second volume of autobiography, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, in 2019.

Highest Rated: 100% Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Lowest Rated: 14% Unconditional Love (2002)

Birthday: Oct 1, 1935

Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, UK

The British actress, comedienne, singer and dancer Julie Andrews stakes a claim to fame for having one of the single most astonishing voices (four octaves!) of any entertainer alive. Yet the breadth of this raw ability is often hugely obscured by Andrews’s milquetoast image and onscreen persona. Thus, in the late ’60s, Andrews – who began her film career rooted firmly in family-oriented material – traveled far out of her way to expand her dramatic repertoire, with decidedly mixed results. A music-hall favorite since childhood, Andrews spent the war years dodging Nazi bombs and bowing to the plaudits of her fans. Thanks to her own talents and the persistence of her vaudevillian parents, Andrews maintained her career momentum with appearances in such extravaganzas as 1947’s Starlight Roof Revue. It was in the role of a 1920s flapper in Sandy Wilson’s satire The Boy Friend (1953) that brought Andrews to Broadway; and few could resist the attractively angular young miss warbling such deliberately sappy lyrics as “I Could Be Happy With You/If You Could Be Happy With Me.” Following a live-TV performance of High Tor, Andrews regaled American audiences in the star-making role of cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the 1956 Broadway blockbuster My Fair Lady. The oft-told backstage story of this musical classic was enough to dissuade anyone from thinking that Andrews was an overnight success, as producer Moss Hart mercilessly drilled her for 48 hours to help her get her lines, songs and dialect in proper working order. In 1957, Andrews again enchanted TV audiences in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical adaptation of Cinderella. Later, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe — also the composers of My Fair Lady — developed the role of Guinevere in their 1960 musical Camelot with Andrews in mind, and the result was another Broadway triumph, albeit not as profitable as Fair Lady. Although a proven favorite with American audiences thanks to her frequent TV variety show appearances (notably a memorable 1962 teaming with Carol Burnett), Andrews did not make a motion picture until 1964. As Mary Poppins, Andrews not only headlined one of Walt Disney’s all-time biggest moneymakers, but also won an Oscar — sweet compensation for having lost the Eliza role to Audrey Hepburn for the adaptation of My Fair Lady. Andrews hoped that Mary Poppins would not type her in “goody-goody” parts, and, to that end, accepted a decidedly mature role as James Garner’s love interest in The Americanization of Emily (1964). However, Andrews’ next film, The Sound of Music (1965) effectively locked her into sweetness and light parts in the minds of moviegoers. On the strength of the success of Music, Andrews was signed to numerous Hollywood projects, but her stardom had peaked.Perhaps recognizing this, Andrews started to branch out fairly aggressively by the late ’60s, with such “adult-oriented” pictures as Alfred Hitchcock’s espionage thriller Torn Curtain. That film, and others (Hawaii, Star!) all flopped. In the late ’60s, Andrews fell in love with and married the then white-hot American director Blake Edwards; her decision to collaborate with Edwards on a professional level, to boot, waxed incredibly strategic. Today, many view Edwards in a negative light for cranking out moronic studio fodder such as A Fine Mess and Sunset). In 1969, however, he sat among Hollywood’s creme-de-la-creme, notorious for crafting mature genre pictures for adult audiences (The Days of Wine and Roses, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Experiment in Fear and sophisticated slapstick comedies unafraid to take chances (the Pink Panther series, The Party). By marrying Edwards and aligning herself with him creatively, then, Andrews was also consciously or unconsciously bucking to change her image. Unfortunately, the two began at a low ebb to end all low ebbs. The WWI musical farce Darling Lili (1970) featured Rock Hudson, electric musical numbers, stunning dogfight sequences, and – signif

After 41 Years of Marriage and 9 Years of Mourning for Her Husband, Julie Andrew’s Grief Still “Socks Her in the Gut”

When you have been married for more than four decades, you learn a thing or two about how to have a good relationship. Another thing that you can’t escape is how important your partner becomes. They are an integral part of your life and when they pass, the grief just floors you. There is no leaving it behind. You can only learn to cope and live with it.

Iconic actress Julie Andrews lives a life where grief is just part and parcel of her life. Her husband, director Blake Edwards, passed away in December 2010 at the age of 88. He will forever be remembered as the creator of the Pink Panther films and directing Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He was an actor, just like her, and later a writer. What he’s most famously known for though are his comedies and musicals, according to The Guardian. The couple was a creative powerhouse that made seven movies together.

How they met was a “wonderfully Hollywood” moment. A decade before they actually got married in 1969, the couple spoke while passing each other in their cars, she told Good Morning Britain in 2015. They were both outside their therapist’s office and she dubbed this initial introduction as “corny”. “I was going one way and he was going the other, he rolled down the window after smiling a couple of times and he said, ‘Are you going where I just came from?'”

Edwards, though, was a romantic and saw this as a Hollywood moment. “We would stop in the middle lane on Sunset waiting for traffic and then go on,” he recalled. “I kept looking over, two or three mornings a week…eventually I said ‘hi’,” according to Country Living.

Both were divorced when they met. Edwards was in fact 13 years her senior but it didn’t matter. They made many projects together but some bombed like Darling Lili. “I knew that you couldn’t do hit after hit after hit,” she told the Hollywood Reporter, adding of Edwards, “We had bonded so much that it didn’t matter.” The 83-year-old wistfully remembers all of them as “great”.

Andrews, who thought it was “corny” then, thinks of her marriage as a “love story” now. In 2015, she told Good Morning Britain, that loss had still not left her. “We were married 41 years and it was a love story, it was. Success in our marriage was to take it one day at a time and so, lo and behold, 41 years later there we still were,” Andrews said. “I’m still dealing with ,” she said. “There are days when it’s perfectly wonderful and I am myself and then it’s suddenly—sock you in the middle of your gut and you think ‘ah God I wish he were here.'” But, loved ones don’t really leave us ever, do they? “But he is in a way, I think one carries that love always,” Andrews added.

The couple had a blended family in the 1970s, something quite rare. Their family included Andrews’ daughter Emma and Edwards’ children, Jennifer and Geoffrey. They adopted daughters, Amy and Joanna, from Vietnam, in 1974 and 1975, respectively. Later in that decade, they just took a break from Hollywood and focussed on building their family. They moved to their home in Switzerland, a break that nourished both their creative souls.

Andrews doesn’t just love him for being her husband but respects him for his creativity. She called him “one of the bravest writers I know,” who exorcised his “demons” through writing. He understood the talents of his wife and created some of the best roles for her. When you love someone as much as he loved and understood her, you know what your partner is really capable of.

Amy Edwards

If someone had to choose between being born to the couple of one of the greatest directors in film history and one of the most iconic actresses of all time, and their current life, they certainly would choose the former. While everyone has a life of their own and unique experiences, it has to be said that being parented by the on-and-off screen romantic couple of Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews is truly fascinating.

And so is growing up to live your dreams of being in the movies, no matter how little screen-time you get; so today, we are going to talk about Amy Edwards.

Who is Amy Edwards?

Born on February 14, 1974, in Vietnam as Amelia Leigh Edwards, the daughter of the star of Mary Poppins and multiple Hollywood staples has filled her adoptive parents’ shoes as adeptly as her other siblings. Growing up in a blended family to one of the most well-known faces in the world might have shaped Amy’s experience and perception of life.

Image: Amy Edwards (fourth from left) with her adoptive parents, Blake and Julie.
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She was taken in by Blake and Julia a year before her younger sister Joanna Edwards. Also, she has a sister named Emma Walton Hamilton. Amy was adopted from Vietnam by the power couple of Hollywood and shared a home with four siblings in total, three before the arrival of Joanna into the world.

The Queen of Hollywood describes the time as sweet and believes that it helped the couple bond a lot, primarily because of their shared relationship with the children and a Hollywood career that went parallel to it.

Romantic Life

Amy was married to Lauren Scheff, an American film composer, and musician. Scheff’s father was a session bassist for some of the biggest artists in the world, such as Elvis Presley, The Doors, and Bob Dylan. Scheff has also been a part of a few musical groups himself, the biggest of them being Harley Krishna.

Image: Amy Edwards and her ex-husband, Lauren Scheff.

The couple has divorced since, and the only memento of their love and marriage is their son Maximillan Scheff. It is unclear whether he goes under his paternal or maternal name, or has another name altogether. Currently, there is not much circulation in the media about the actress’s state of affairs, so there’s a reason to be believed that she is single.

Raised by Julie and Blake

Her mother, Julie Andrews, has ruled the stage and screen for more than half a decade, and that too in style, therefore making her one of the most legendary figures in all of film history. How can anyone forget the image of Mary Poppins descending to Earth, riding an umbrella of all things?

Image: Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards, and family during Blake’s Hollywood Walk of Fame honor.
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Her four-octave vocal range, her charming personality and a career in writing has made her immortal, and it seems like time has taken a toll on nothing but her looks, which even at this age is undeniably charming.

Blake Edwards is one of the most iconic film directors of all time. He is a phenom that many look up to. He once described himself as the personification of the American Dream in Hollywood. He had had a long and lucrative career before passing away in 2015, a huge loss to the world.

Net Worth

The film-producer has not had quite a career like many others, but it can be said that she is worth quite a bit, if not more. She has not played a part in a movie after the 2004 flick; therefore, it cannot be claimed that she is an active member of Hollywood. After various comprehensive calculations and meticulous speculations, it can be said that the actress is worth almost $1 million.

Her mother, however, is worth almost $50 million, which could be an understatement considering the career that she has had.

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She always thought motherhood was important.

Julie Andrews has opened about how she tried to juggle motherhood and work during the height of her acting career while playing Maria in The Sound of Music and how ultimately she chose to be a non-working mum.

Andrews has one biological daughter, Emma from her former husband, Tony Walton. After her split from Walton, Andrews got together with a director from Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Blake Edwards who she married in 1969. From her new marriage Andrews gained two stepchildren, Jennifer and Geoffrey. Later she adopted two children – Amelia and Joanna – after a failed attempt to have children with Edwards. All up, Andrews has five children.

“As a mother my children have always come first,” Julie Andrews said in a recent interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW).

Julie Andrews with her daughter, Emma. Image via Getty.

She told the magazine that even as a working mother she at least always tried to take the kids with her when she could. She admits that it wasn’t easy juggling all of her commitments, but on the set of The Sound of Music there were at least other children to play with.

“I tried to make things silly and funny, so we all had a good time,” she told AWW.

After her time on The Sound of Music, Andrews became a stepmother and opened up in her interview about how that was particularly hard at the time as divorce was not as common then as it is now. She admits that there was a huge stigma around stepmothers which she found difficult.

Julie Andrews began her acting career as a child in the ’40s and she remains one of the most beloved actresses around. She started by acting and singing in West End and Broadway productions, and it wasn’t long until she was also taking on TV roles. In 1964, she made her feature film in debut in a little movie called Mary Poppins. You might have heard of it. Today, the actress continues to show up in films, having most recently voiced a menacing sea creature in Aquaman. To celebrate her long and incredible career, we thought we’d look at all of Andrew’s best films. Rather than picking our own favorites though, we decided to turn to IMDb for answers.

The popular movie and TV show website has assigned every one of Andrews’ feature films a star rating. These scores, on a scale of 1 to 10, are based on the votes of registered users. This is what we’ll be using to stack Andrews’ films in line. With that said, it’s time to put your phone on silence and pull out that popcorn. Here are Julie Andrews’ best movies according to IMDb.


10 Thoroughly Modern Millie (6.9)

This 1967 musical rom-com follows an innocent young flapper named Millie who sets out to do two things: become a stenographer for a wealthy businessman and then become his wife. This leads Millie on an over-the-top adventure fueled by naivety.

Though Andrews took on the leading role, names including James Fox, Jimmy Bryant, and Mary Tyler Moore backed her up. The film’s energy, life, and pacing had it bringing in positive reviews from critics.

9 Enchanted (7.0)

More recently, Andrews served as a narrator in the Disney tale about a princess named Giselle (Amy Adams) who stumbles out of her fairytale land and into the reality of New York City. Here, she meets a divorce attorney (Patrick Dempsey) who hopes to send her home to her prince (James Marsden). As Giselle spends more time in the real world, however, she starts to reconsider what she wants in life.

Being that the film was jam-packed with Disney references, Andrews was perfect for the role having formerly played Queen Clarisse Renaldi in The Princess Diaries and, as aforementioned, Mary Poppins.


8 Aquaman (7.0)

Andrews’ most recent role was in the 2018 DC Comics film Aquaman.

Starring Jason Momoa, Aquaman tells the tale of the titular character who attempts to regain control of the kingdom of Atlantis and defeat his half-brother King Orm, who hopes to bring the ocean together in a fight against the land. Andrews voiced a leviathan creature named Karathen. She holds the Trident of Atlan and eventually allies with the film’s hero.

7 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (7.2)

This British-American comedy film, which debuted in 1976, is the fifth installment in The Pink Panther series. Picking up three years after the conclusion of The Return of the Pink Panther, Inspector Clouseau is suspended by Chief Inspector Dreyfus after a robbery happens under his watch. However, when the Pink Panther diamond is taken from the National Museum in Lugash, Clouseau is recruited for the case.

Andrews provided the singing voice for Ainsley Jarvis, who at one point, impersonates a woman in a nightclub.


6 Shrek 2 (7.2)

Shrek 2 continues the fairytale comedy franchise with Shrek and his new wife, Fiona, returning from their honeymoon to meet her parents. News flash: King Harold and Queen Lillian are not pleased to learn that their daughter has married an ogre. While John Cleese provided the voice of the king, Julia Andrews took on the role of the queen.

The film ultimately received many positive reviews as well as additional sequels and spin-offs.

5 The Americanization Of Emily (7.4)

This black-and-white dark romantic comedy tells the story of the cowardly Lt. Cmdr. Charles Madison who refuses to go on shore during World War II’s D-Day. It doesn’t help that he’s been assigned to be part of the vanguard. As the events lead up to this day, the British woman Emily Barham, whose father, husband, and brother died at war, becomes fascinated by Madison and his American lifestyle.

While James Garner played Madison, Andrews took on the role of Barham. Andrews cited the film as one of her favorites to have acted in.


4 Victor Victoria (7.6)

This 1983 British-American musical tells of a soprano named Victoria who has difficulty finding work in nightclubs in Paris during the 1930s. Victoria ends up meeting a cabaret performer who becomes her manager and shows her off as a man impersonating a woman. While this act blows up, the secret behind it threatens to put an end to it at any moment.

While Julie Andrews plays the leading lady, Rober Preston plays her manager. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, ultimately winning the one for Best Original Score.

3 Despicable Me (7.6)

Despicable Me tells of a supervillain, Gru (Stever Carell), who embarks on his biggest endeavor yet. His goal: to steal the moon. Things get a little complicated, however, after Gru accidentally adopts three young girls.

Julie Andrews voices Marlena, who is Gru’s mother. She is constantly unimpressed with all of her son’s schemes, no matter how hard he tries to impress her. This original comedy animation was loved enough to launch an entire franchise.


2 Mary Poppins (7.8)

Julie Andrews took on the role of a magical British nanny in this 1964 Disney musical. Mary Poppins ends up becoming the caretaker of two children in London, Jane and Michale Banks.

Based on the book created by P.L. Travers and featuring songs written by the iconic Sherman Brothers, the film became an instant classic. A sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, was later released in 2018. However, this time, Emily Blunt took on the titular role.

1 The Sound Of Music (8.0)

Topping off the list is the 1965 musical romance about a young nun who ends up becoming the governess of seven children who live together under the rule of their father, The Captain, at a manor. Though she spends much of her time instructing the children in music, she also begins to fall for The Captain.

The beloved tale ended up winning multiple Academy Awards including that of Best Picture. With Julie Andrews’ beautiful voice and charisma taking over the leading role, it’s no wonder the film remains appreciated today.

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On the Eve of ‘Sound of Music’ Reunion, Julie Andrews Reveals “I Was a Very Sad Little Girl”

It was supposed to be a simple procedure. “I thought in two weeks I’d be strong and safe and could do what I was asked to do,” Andrews says. “‘In two weeks you’ll be singing better than you’ve ever sung in your life,’ . And about a year to 18 months later I thought, ‘Hello, I’m in big trouble.'” She had lost almost all of her vocal range — and it wasn’t coming back. Edwards said at the time, “If you heard it, you’d weep.” Andrews says now, “It was like chalk on a blackboard. That’s the way it sounded. It still would today — although, by a miracle, I have about six deep bass notes that are still intact.” She clarifies, though, “I certainly can’t sing. It’s still chalk on a blackboard if I use my range. No way.”

Some time passed before Andrews accepted what had happened. “I was in denial for a while,” she says, and when reality finally began to sink in, “It was devastating. A loss of myself. And I had to finally come to the conclusion that it wasn’t only that that I was made of. I mean, I thought my voice was my stock-in-trade, my talent, my soul.” Over the ensuing 18 years, though, she has come to realize that is not the case. “I’m over it, really. I always will regret the operation. I wish I’d been strong enough to say no. But I have to forgive myself for doing it because I felt such an obligation to have it done.” These days, she says, she even gets “rueful pleasure” out of singing to herself at home.

(She hastens to add, “There is one thing I should say and it’s important: Young Broadway singers and anybody who is an orator of any kind — lawyers who have to speak in court or pastors or anyone who has a lot of stress on their vocal cords: You should do the maintenance. You should do whatever it takes to feel fresh and good. What I’m talking about shouldn’t turn people away from being vigilant about their voices. They’re precious and they should be maintained and cared for by good doctors. I believe that now completely.”)

If there is one lesson in Andrews’ life that has always held true, it is that you can throw troubles at her, but you can’t keep her down. “I can’t not work,” she says, “so we started our little publishing company, quite by accident, and it gave me something to do. I was bemoaning my fate to her one day and saying, ‘You have no idea what is like.’ And she said, ‘Oh, Mom, I know it must be terrible — but now you’ve found a different way of using your voice.’ What she said hit true right when it mattered, and I felt this great sort of weight drop away, and then I was able to begin recovery.”

She and Emma began churning out children’s books, one of which — The Great American Mousical, about a mouse that lives underneath a Broadway theater — she is now working to bring to Broadway. She also appeared in a number of non-singing roles that endeared her to a whole new generation, especially the Princess Diaries and Shrek films. And other appealing offers kept coming in. Regrettably, she had to turn down several plum parts because of Edwards’ failing health and/or her own sporadic ankle troubles, including one in a film that ended up receiving a best picture Oscar nomination in 2014.

In 2010, after 41 years of marriage, Edwards — “the man who made me laugh the most in my life” — died of pneumonia at the age of 88. It was a painful but not unexpected loss, and she has done her best to carry on, as she knows he wanted her to do. “Grief is strange,” she remarks. “It occasionally comes up and catches you unawares and hits you in the solar plexus or whatever.” Retirement, however, has never crossed her mind. “I’ve been working all my life,” she says, adding, “I wouldn’t know how not to.”


A half-century after the moviegoing public fell in love with Andrews, the affair continues. That was clear at the Feb. 22 Academy Awards when Lady Gaga performed a three-song tribute to Sound of Music. At its conclusion, a radiant Andrews emerged from the wings to the loudest and longest standing ovation of the night.

Why does she engender such a response? Perhaps it’s because she represents a connection to a different and, many would argue, better time in Hollywood’s history — and in our own. On top of her tremendous talent, she seems to be as good as we once were and as good as we wish we could still be. And, though she’s been bruised, she’s still standing.

“With luck, if I do my job well enough, I can make people forget for three hours, in a movie or a show, that there’s a tax man or that the kids have the measles or whatever it is,” she says. “I’m a very, very lucky lady. Really.”

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Five Things Julie Andrews Revealed about ‘The Sound of Music’ in Her New Book, ‘Home Work’

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It’s been 54 years since Julie Andrews twirled her way into movie history in the musical film The Sound of Music — yet some of the secrets behind what made the hills so alive are still being uncovered, especially as the now 84-year-old actress released her second autobiography, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, co-written with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, this week.

The movie went on to snag the Best Picture Academy Award in 1966 and continues to be woven into our cultural fabric with regular airings around the Easter holidays, as well as The Sound of Music-themed tours in Salzburg, Austria, to its filming locations, plus talks with the actual members of the Von Trapp family, which the story was based on, at the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont.

Its legacy has left such an influence that songs like “Do Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things” have been passed down through generations of parents to their kids — but as it turns out, the movie could have had a very different look… without Andrews as the helm, as she reveals in her new book.

1965, British actor Julie Andrews holds a guitar case and a carpet bag in a still from the film ‘The … Sound of Music’ directed by Robert Wise. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Getty Images)

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1- Andrews Poked Fun at the Original Broadway Musical

The Sound of Music had made its Broadway debut with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein in 1959 — and Andrews and her then-husband Tony Walton had seen the show on stage.

“I’m ashamed to admit that at the time we weren’t wildly impressed,” she reveals in the book. “We loved the music, but the show seemed rather saccharine to us — so much so that Carol Burnett and I did a spoof of it called ‘The Pratt Family Singers’ in our 1962 television special.”

She eventually came around once the director Bob Wise and producer Saul Chaplin said they were committed to making it “less sentimental” and “more substantive.”

2- She Worried About Being Typecast as a Nanny

Having made her movie debut as Mary Poppins in the 1964 movie musical as the beloved nanny to the Banks children, Andrews was concerned about flying into yet another smiliar role, albeit minus the magical twist.

“It would be my second nanny role, almost on the heels of the first,” she noted, having done 1964’s The Americanization of Emily in between. Thankfully, her Hollywood agent was persistent.

“Arthur (Park) very much encouraged me to accept the job,” she remembers. “And I’ll be forever grateful for the nudge over the fence that he and Bob (Wise) gave this nervous and insecure young woman.”

Actress Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in a scene from the movie”The Sound of Music” (Photo … by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

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3- Andrews Ended Up with Short Orange Hair

Ever since she had to cut her hair short for the wigs on Mary Poppins, Andrews had kept her hair that way. Even with highlights, the back of her hair appeared too dark on camera, so they decided to give her even more highlights.

“Unfortunately, there was a mistake in the coloring process, and I ended up with a bright orange mop,” Andrews writes. “My hair had to be cut even shorter, and what was left of it was dyed pure blonde.”

The upside of the mistake: “As luck would have it, this gave me a more Austrian look.”

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 10: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Julie Andrews (C) poses for … a photo with the cast from (L-R) Charmain Carr, Debbie Turner and Kym Karath in back row, front row are Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Andrews, Angela Cartwright and Duane Chase during “The Sound of Music” 40th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Cast Reunion at The Tavern on the Green November 10, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

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4- The Children Were Mary Poppins Fans

Even though Mary Poppins hadn’t been released in theaters yet, the seven actors who played the children had heard about it. “They kept asking me to say ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ for them, which I did.”

Ever eager to please and entertain, Andrews one-upped their request: “Then to their delight, said it backwards.”

5- They Had to Use the Bathroom in the Woods

While the Austrian Alps are a perfectly crisp green star of the film themselves, in reality, the production hadn’t accounted for the fact that Salzburg, where they filmed, had Europe’s seventh highest rainfall. Days were often spent waiting for the weather to clear.

Also an issue: The alpine locations that had no roads to get to. Equipment was carried up by ox-drawn carts and everyone had to walk.

“On one particularly chilly day, the wind was blowing hard and there was a lot of mud. Bob said to me, ‘Sit on the ox cart, Julie, with the cameras. We’ll give you a lift,” she recalls. Her wardrobe at the time: “A fur coat (it was the 1960s, after all), and the humor in the contrast between my attire and mode of transport wasn’t lost on any of us.”

Their location ended up being a sea of tarps and tents — and on lucky occasions — a barn. “When nature called, we went into the woods — not easy for us women!”

You may remember Dame Julie Andrews from her famous role as the most magical of all nannies, Mary Poppins. Or maybe you fondly recall her starring turn as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music, which earned her a Golden Globe for best actress. You could have become a fan in her early days as a Broadway performer in the 1950s and 60s — or you may have rediscovered your love for her after watching The Princess Diaries in the early 2000s with your grandkids. However you came to know the talented singer and actress — who’s also an accomplished author — one thing’s for sure: Julie Andrews has dazzled her way into the hearts of millions and has become one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and irreplaceable stars of our time.

Believe it or not, Andrews is 82 years old now — and the elegant, vibrant star has shown no signs of slowing down despite her long career. But how many of us remember the beautiful star before she was famous? A look back at images of a young Julie Andrews proves that she was destined for success right from the very beginning, as her natural beauty, radiant smiles, and effervescent charisma lit up many a stage and screen. Are you a fan who can fondly recall the days when Andrews made a stunning bride to then-husband Tony Walton in 1959, or remember as far back to her 1948 Broadway debut in The Boy Friend? If so, then you too know what a showstopper Andrews has always been — and how lucky we are that she’s graced our staged and screens for as long as she has.

Take a scroll through these heartwarming photos of a young Julie Andrews, who has been one of the world’s favorite leading ladies almost from the moment the world first got a glimpse of her talents.