Julie Andrews was born on October 1, 1935, in Walton on Thames, Surrey, England. Andrews worked on several acclaimed movies with husband Blake Edwards, and was made an English dame in 2000.
Singer and actress Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935, in Walton on Thames, Surrey, England. Andrews is a favorite stage and movie performer and vocalist for a lot of decades. She came from a musical family; her mom was a pianist and her stepfather was a vocalist.
The next year, she starred in My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle, a character that earned her a Tony Award nomination for the best actress in a musical. She followed that leading performance with a different lead character in the musical Camelot in 1960, which is why she earned her second Tony Award nomination.
Julie Andrews made the jump to movie stardom in 1964 with lead characters in The Americanization of Emily, starring opposite James Garner; and Mary Poppins. It was as the lovable, charming nanny in Mary Poppins that Andrews won her first Academy Award for the best actress. Both Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music were extremely successful, winning Andrews enthusiasts around the world. These pictures remain popular, developing quite a following over time.
In the 1980s, Andrews appeared to be prepared for new challenges. She starred in 1981’s S.O.B., which supplied a satirical look at Hollywood and was directed by her second husband Blake Edwards. The following year, Andrews took sex-bending to new peaks as a girl who feigns to be guy feigning to some girl in Victor/Victoria—starring opposite James Garner and indicating another cooperation with Edwards. During the following several years, she’d work on many projects together with her husband, including Darling Lili (1970), The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and That Is Life (1986).
In 1996, Andrews returned to Broadway in the stage production of Victor/Victoria. Yet, she refused the nomination, saying that she felt the remaining cast were overlooked.
Andrews experienced a tremendous private reverse in the late 1990s, when her vocal chords were damaged during an operation. While she never recovered her strong, sharp singing voice, she continued to play in films and television movies. Andrews also received a particular distinction around this time: Being made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II of England.
More lately, Julie Andrews performed as the voice of Queen Lillian in the 2nd and third episodes of the animated film series Shrek. Also, she’s written several children’s books along with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, from her first marriage to Tony Walton.
For several decades, Andrews continues to be amusing and pleasing audiences world-wide. In 2007, she received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for her professional achievements.