Julie Andrews Biography

Dame Julie Andrews, (born October 1, 1935) is a British actress, singer, and author, best known for her starring roles in the musical films Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965). She also starred in in The Princess Diaries and its sequel. She was born Julia Elizabeth Wells in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, the daughter of an actor and a pianist.

She had a rare, four octave coloratura soprano talent, and her parents enrolled her in voice lessons to develop her abilities. Her earliest public performances were during World War II, entertaining troops throughout the UK with fellow child star Petula Clark.

She made her stage debut at an early age, appearing in London's West End in 1947. She graduated through radio (on the show Educating Archie), appeared in the London West End (Cinderella), and made her American debut starring in the Broadway production of The Boy Friend in 1954. Late in her career, she directed productions of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York (2003), and at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut (2005).

Andrews received Kennedy Center Honors in 2001. She also appears in the 2002 List of "100 Greatest Britons" sponsored by the BBC and voted for by the public. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Julie Andrews has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Blvd. Julie Andrews has written several children's books, under the name Julie Andrews Edwards.

Among the most well-known are Mandy and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. She also has collaborated with her daughter, Emma Walton, on the Dumpy children series, illustrated by Tony Walton. She has had a rose named after her. Julie also served in 2005 as the honorary ambassador for the 50th anniversary celebration of Disneyland.

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'The Sound of Music' star Heather Menzies-Urich dies

    Updated On : Dec 26,2017   12:18 pm
Los Angeles, Dec 26 (IANS) Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa von Trapp in popular 1965 musical drama film "The Sound of Music", is dead. She was 68. View More..

Julie Andrew was lovely in 'Sound of Music', says Plummer

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   2:42 am
Los Angeles, Dec 17 (IANS) Hollywood star Christopher Plummer says that Dame Julie Andrews' "best" performance was in the classic "The Sound of Music". View More..

'Despicable Me 3': Emotionally packed and entertaining (IANS Review, Rating: ***1/2)

    Updated On : Jun 17,2017   1:58 pm
Film: "Despicable Me 3"; Directors: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda, Eric Guillon; Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Julie Andrews, Pierre Coffin; Rating: ***1/2 View More..

The versatile Arab: Omar Sharif and his varied roles (April 10 is Omar Sharif's 85th birth anniversary)

    Updated On : Apr 09,2017   10:46 am
The most famous Arab actor in Hollywood, Omar Sharif, won global renown with his intense performance in David Lean's epic "Lawrence of Arabia" but then went on to essay roles as diverse as of iconic Soviet and Latin American revolutionaries, a German army officer, Genghis Khan, a Russian Tsar, a Pathan horseman and even an Indian Brigadier. View More..

Disney's Timeless Classic Ruined

    Updated On : Mar 17,2017   10:28 pm
Film: The Beauty & The Beast (in Hindi), Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Directed by Bill Condon; Rating: **(2 Stars) View More..

No Valentine's Day: Love's tortured course in Cold War (Column: Bookends)

    Updated On : Feb 12,2017   12:52 pm
Valentine's Day is coming and as love blooms or advances for many young in age or heart, consider its course in difficult situations. Truth is the first casualty in wars, but so is romance. The conflict doesn't even need to be a shooting war - even undeclared conflicts like the Cold War can be daunting and hazardous for lovers - particularly if they are on opposing sides. View More..

No one told me my accent in 'Mary Poppins' was bad: Dick Van Dyke

    Updated On : Dec 20,2016   2:32 pm
Los Angeles. Dec 20 (IANS) Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke, who essayed the role of chimney sweeper Bert and bank chairman Mr. Dawes Senior in the 1964 American musical fantasy comedy film "Mary Poppins", says nobody told him that his accent was bad in the film. View More..

'The Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr dead

    Updated On : Sep 19,2016   6:50 pm
Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) Actress Charmian Carr, who essayed the role of Liesl in "The Sound of Music" alongside veteran actors Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, has died at the age of 73. Her associates mourned her death. View More..

'The Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr dead

    Updated On : Sep 19,2016   1:18 pm
Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) Actress Charmian Carr, who essayed the role of Liesl in "The Sound of Music" alongside veteran actors Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, has died. She was 73. View More..

Tales of the Caribbean - in all genres (Column: Bookends)

    Updated On : Jul 31,2016   11:48 am
The Caribbean, for most of us, brings to the mind a once invincible cricket team, holiday cruises, voodoo, pirate yarns, rum, reggae, Rastafarians -- and these days, tax havens. But there is more to this arc of islands stretching between the American continent and forming an eastward boundary to the Caribbean Sea -- an exotic setting for a range of engrossing fiction featuring a globe-trotting reporter with a trademark quiff, the British agent licensed to kill and other spies, a spinster detective and more. View More..

'Princess Diaries 3' close to being announced

    Updated On : Apr 26,2016   5:22 am
Los Angeles, April 26 (IANS) Director Garry Marshall has hinted that Disney has moved forward with the third instalment of the 2001 film "Princess Diaries". View More..

Emily Blunt in talks to star in 'Mary Poppins' sequel

    Updated On : Feb 19,2016   11:38 am
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) Actress Emily Blunt might play the title role in upcoming sequel of 1964 musical fantasy film "Mary Poppins". View More..

Disney plans new 'Mary Poppins' film

    Updated On : Sep 15,2015   11:58 am
Los Angeles, Sep 15 (IANS) Disney is reportedly planning a new original live-action take on "Mary Poppins", to be helmed by "Into The Woods" director Rob Marshall. View More..

Legendary Viennese choir enthralls Kolkata with 'The Sound of Music'

    Updated On : Jun 16,2015   8:10 pm
Kolkata, June 16 (IANS) The Vienna Boys' Choir - one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world - regaled students of the eastern metropolis on Tuesday, in their maiden Indian outing, with evergreen melodies from iconic Hollywood film "The Sound of Music" as a tribute to the landmark movie on its golden jubilee. View More..

Kolkata schools to celebrate 50 years of 'The Sound of Music'

    Updated On : Jun 09,2015   4:58 pm
Kolkata, June 9 (IANS) Fifty years after it first captivated audiences globally, iconic Hollywood film "The Sound of Music" has remained evergreen. To celebrate its golden jubilee, school children across the city will celebrate various aspects of the movie in 'The Edelweiss Festival'. View More..

Losing voice opened 'windows' for Julie Andrews

    Updated On : Mar 21,2015   5:24 pm
Los Angeles, March 21 (IANS) It was "devastating" for Julie Andrews of "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" to lose her voice, but the actress says that it was then she discovered other pleasures in life. View More..

Lady Gaga called Julie Andrews before Oscars

    Updated On : Mar 12,2015   2:42 pm
Los Angeles, March 12 (IANS) Veteran actress Julie Andrews says singer Lady Gaga called her before the Oscars to check if it was okay if she performed hits from "The Sound of Music" -- made famous by the legendary actress. View More..

Lady Gaga pays tribute to 'The Sound Of Music' at the Oscars

    Updated On : Feb 23,2015   10:52 am
Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the hit musical "The Sound Of Music", singer Lady Gaga paid a fitting tribute by performing the film's songs at the Academy Awards stage here Sunday night, in the presence of veteran actress Julie Andrews. View More..

Kimberley Walsh might try musical labour

    Updated On : Jun 11,2014   1:32 pm
Los Angeles, June 11 (IANS) Kimberley Walsh says that her singing teacher has suggested to her to use vocal lessons to assist in childbirth. View More..

Ankle injury made Julie Andrews miss 'Wolf Of...'

    Updated On : Apr 09,2014   5:56 am
London, April 9 (IANS) Veteran actress Julie Andrews had to turn down a role in he 2013 release "The Wolf Of Wall Street" because she was recovering from an ankle surgery. View More..