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Andrews in Sydney, Australia, May 2013
Julia Elizabeth Wells
1 October 1935
|Occupation||Actress, singer, author|
(m. 1959; div. 1967)
(m. 1969; died 2010)
|Children||3, including Emma Walton Hamilton|
Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews (née Wells; born 1 October 1935) is an English actress, singer, and author. Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared in the West End in 1948 and made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954). She rose to prominence starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady (1956), playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot (1960), playing Queen Guinevere. 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 von Trapp, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
In 2000, Andrews was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts. In 2002, she was ranked #59 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Andrews has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, five Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Emmys, the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honors Award, and the Disney Legends Award. Apart from her musical career, she is also an author of children's books and has published an autobiography.
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Andrews' had lessons for at the Cone-Ripman School (now known commonly as ArtsEd), an independent arts educational school in London, then with concert soprano and voice instructor Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen. After Cone-Ripman School, Andrews continued her academic education at the nearby Woodbrook School, a local state school in Beckenham.
Julie Andrews gained her big break when she was introduced to Val Parnell, whose Moss Empires controlled prominent venues in London. Andrews made her professional solo debut at the London Hippodrome, she played at the Hippodrome for one year.
On 1 November 1948, Julie Andrews (aged 13) became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Command Variety Performance before King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the London Palladium, where she performed along with Danny Kaye, the Nicholas Brothers, and the comedy team George and Bert Bernard.
Julie Andrews then went 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. She reportedly made her television début on the BBC programme RadiOlympia Showtime on 8 October 1949.
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. In 1952, she voiced Princess Zeila in the English dub of the Italian animated movie The Singing Princess 1949, in her first film and first venture into voice-over work.
On 30 September 1954 on the eve of her 19th birthday, Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut. In November 1955, Andrews was signed to appear with Bing Crosby in what one source calls the first made-for-television film, High Tor, which aired on the Ford Star Jubilee in March 1956.
In 1957, Andrews released her debut solo album, The Lass with the Delicate Air. 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 1941 during the Blitz, which Andrews herself had survived.
Between 1956 and 1962, Andrews guest-starred on The Ed Sullivan Show (15 July 1956), and 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.
In 1963, Andrews began her work in the title role of Disney's musical film Mary Poppins. 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 Comedy or Musical for her performance.
In 1965, Andrews starred in 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. In 2013, it was the third highest-grossing film of all time in the US. For her performance as Maria von Trapp, Andrews won her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
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.
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. 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. In 1972–73, Andrews starred in her own television variety series, The Julie Andrews Hour, on the ABC network. The show won seven Emmy Awards but was cancelled after one season.
Between 1973 and 1975, Andrews continued her association with ABC by headlining five variety specials for the network. 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. The programme, Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring, aired in March 1978.
In 1982, Andrews played a dual role of Victoria Grant and Count Victor Grezhinski in the film Victor/Victoria. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, as well as a nomination for the 1982 Academy Award for Best Actress, her third Oscar nomination.
In December 1987, Andrews starred in an ABC Christmas special, Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas, which went on to win five Emmy Awards. Two years later, she was reunited for the third time with Carol Burnett for a variety special which aired on ABC in December 1989.
Loss of singing voice
Andrews was forced to quit singing in 1997 when she developed hoarseness in her voice. She underwent surgery at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital to remove non-cancerous nodules from her throat. She emerged from the surgery with permanent damage that destroyed the purity of her singing and gave a rasp to her speaking voice. From 2000 onward, she had four operations onher throat and while able to improve her speaking voice the procedure was unable to restore her singing.Despite the loss of her singing voice, she kept busy with many projects.
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. 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.
In 2001, Andrews received Kennedy Center Honors.
In 2001, Andrews appeared in The Princess Diaries, her first Disney film since Mary Poppins (1964). 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.
Andrews continued her association with Disney and from 2005 to 2006 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.
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). 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.
On May 1, 2005, Disneyland debuted a new fireworks show, Remember... Dreams Come True, for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary, with Andrews being the host and narrator of the show.
In January 2007, Andrews was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild's awards. 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 song. These were her first public singing performances in a dozen years, due to her failed vocal cord surgery.
In January 2009, Andrews was named on The Times’ list of the top 10 British Actresses of all time. 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.
In January 2010, Andrews was the official United States presenter for the Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2010 concert. 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. On her promotion tour for the film, she also spoke of Operation USA and the aid campaign to the Haiti disaster.
On 18 May 2010, Andrews' 23rd book was published. 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 21 May 2010, her film Shrek Forever After was released; in it Andrews reprises her role as the Queen. On 9 July 2010, Despicable Me, an animated film in which Andrews lent her voice to Marlena Gru, the thoughtless and soul-crushing mother of the main character Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), opened to rave reviews and strong box office.
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. A few days later, her 24th book was published.
In February 2011, Andrews received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy for best spoken-word album for children (for A Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies), at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
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. The following year she took the show on a tour of England, which was hosted by Aled Jones.
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. This became a social media sensation, trending all over the world.
In 2016, Andrews created the preschool television series Julie's Greenroom with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton and Judy Rothman. Andrews is joined by her assistant Gus (Giullian Yao Gioiello) and “Greenies,” a cast of original puppets built by The Jim Henson Company. The series premiered on Netflix in 2017. In 2017, Andrews also reprised her role as Marlena Gru in the second Despicable Me sequel Despicable Me 3.
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. Andrews married Walton on 10 May 1959 in Weybridge, Surrey. They had first met in 1948 when Andrews was appearing at the London Casino in the show Humpty Dumpty. In September of 1962 Andrews and Walton returned to London, where their daughter Emma Katherine Walton was born two months later.
Andrews married Edwards in 1969; his children from a previous marriage, Jennifer and Geoffrey, were 3 and 5 years older than Emma. 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, is praised for its "pure and clear" sound, and 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 had "an almost adult larynx. As Andrews aged, so did her voice, which began to naturally deepen. Losing her vast upper register.
Musically, Andrews had always preferred singing music that was "bright and sunny", choosing to avoid songs that were sad, depressing, upsetting. She cited this as yet another reason for avoiding opera.
|1949||La Rosa di Bagdad||Princess Zeila||Dubbed voice for the 1952 English-language version|
|1964||Mary Poppins||Mary Poppins|
|The Americanization of Emily||Emily Barham|
|1965||Salzburg Sight and Sound||Herself||Short subject|
|The Sound of Music||Maria von Trapp|
|1966||Torn Curtain||Dr. Sarah Louise Sherman|
|1967||Think Twentieth||Herself||Short subject|
|Thoroughly Modern Millie||Millie Dillmount|
|1970||Darling Lili||Lili Smith (Schmidt)|
|1971||The Moviemakers||Herself (uncredited)||Short subject|
|1974||The Tamarind Seed||Judith Farrow|
|1975||The Return of the Pink Panther||Maid||Scene cut|
|1976||The Pink Panther Strikes Again||Ainsley Jarvis (singing voice, uncredited)|
|1980||Little Miss Marker||Amanda Worthington|
|1982||Victor/Victoria||Victoria Grant / Count Victor Grezhinski|
|Trail of the Pink Panther||Charwoman (uncredited)|
|1983||The Man Who Loved Women||Marianna|
|1986||That's Life!||Gillian Fairchild|
|Duet for One||Stephanie Anderson|
|1991||A Fine Romance||Mrs. Pamela Piquet||Cin cin – United States title|
|1997||The Postman||Maria (Archive Footage) (Uncredited)|
|2000||Relative Values||Felicity Marshwood|
|2001||The Princess Diaries||Queen Clarisse Renaldi|
|2003||Eloise at the Plaza||Nanny|
|Eloise at Christmastime|
|2004||Shrek 2||Queen Lillian||Voice|
|The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement||Queen Clarisse Renaldi|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Queen Lillian||Voice|
|Shrek Forever After||Queen Lillian||Voice|
|2017||Despicable Me 3||Voice|
|1956||Ford Star Jubilee||Lise||High Tor with Bing Crosby|
|1957||Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella||Cinderella||TV spectacular
Original live broadcast, 31 March
|1959||The Gentle Flame||Trissa||BBC broadcast on 25 December|
|1961||The Ed Sullivan Show||Herself||CBS broadcast on 19 March; special tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe; performed songs from Brigadoon, My Fair Lady and Camelot|
|1962||Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall|
|1964||The Andy Williams Show|
|1965||The Julie Andrews Show||Host|
|1969||A World in Music||Herself||Episode: "An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte"|
|1971||Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center|
|1972–73||The Julie Andrews Hour||Host|
|1973||Julie on Sesame Street||Herself|
|1974||Julie and Dick at Covent Garden|
|Julie and Jackie: How Sweet It Is|
|1975||Julie: My Favorite Things|
|1977||The Muppet Show|
|1978||Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring||Herself – host|
|1981||The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People||Herself|
|1987||Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas|
|1989||Julie & Carol: Together Again|
|1990||Julie Andrews in Concert|
|1991||Our Sons||Audrey Grant||aka Too Little, Too Late|
|1992||Julie||Julie Carlisle||Series cancelled after 3 months|
|The King & I||Anna||TV musical|
|1993||Sound of Orchestra||Host|
|1995||The Sound of Julie Andrews|
|Victor/Victoria||Victoria Grant / Count Victor Grezhinski||TV movie|
|1999||One Special Night||Catherine|
|2001||On Golden Pond||Ethel Thayer|
|2003||Eloise at the Plaza||Nanny||TV movie|
|Eloise at Christmastime||TV movie|
|2004||Broadway: The American Musical||Herself||Narrator/Host of six-part PBS documentary series about Musical Theatre|
|2009–10, 2012–17||Great Performances||Narrator/Host of annual New Year's Day episode "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration," succeeding Walter Cronkite|
|2010||Todos contra Juan||Argentinian TV sitcom|
|2012||The Colbert Report||Guest|
|2014||The Graham Norton Show||Guest|
|2017||Julie's Greenroom||Miss Julie||Co-creator; Netflix series|
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