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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Anne Hathaway confirms 'The Princess Diaries 3' is in works

    Updated On : Jan 26,2019   1:56 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 26 (IANS) Actress Anne Hathaway, who worked in the two "Princess Diaries" movies, has confirmed that she wants to do a third installment of the romantic comedy film franchise and so does her co-star Julie Andrews. View More..

'Mary Poppins Returns': No Magic Only Ennui (Film Review)

    Updated On : Jan 05,2019   9:00 am
Film: "Mary Poppins Returns"; Director: Rob Marshall; Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ben Whinshaw, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep; Rating: ** (2 stars) View More..

No one is going to outdo Julie Andrews: Emily Blunt

    Updated On : Dec 24,2018   12:00 pm
Los Angeles, Dec 24 (IANS) Actress Emily Blunt says she decided not to emulate actress Julie Andrews' iconic portrayal of the titular role when filming "Mary Poppins Returns". View More..

Julie Andrews to voice Key Role in 'Aquaman'

    Updated On : Nov 24,2018   11:00 am
Los Angeles, Nov 24 (IANS) Veteran actress Julie Andrews will voice a key role in "Aquaman". View More..

Emily Blunt flaunts Mary Poppins look for magazine cover

    Updated On : Nov 11,2018   8:30 am
London, Nov 11 (IANS) British actor Emily Blunt has appeared on the cover of a magazine dressed as popular character Mary Poppins ahead of the release of "Mary Poppins Returns" which sees her taking on the beloved nanny's character. View More..

Emily Blunt refused to watch `Marry Poppins?

    Updated On : May 06,2018   2:42 am
London, May 6 (IANS) Actress Emily Blunt says she would not watch "Marry Poppins" when she was filming "Mary Poppins Returns". View More..

'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..