Julie Andrews Biography
Julie Andrews born Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews is an English actress, singer, and author. She was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Her mother, Barbara Ward Wells (1910–1984) was born in Chertsey and married Edward Charles “Ted” Wells (1908–1990), a teacher of metalwork and woodwork in 1932.
However, Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with a family friend believed to be Alfred Westmacott, a boat builder who designed the popular XOD sailboat. Andrews discovered her true parentage from her mother in 1950, although it was not publicly disclosed until her 2008 autobiography.
Her mother, Barbara Wells, was a concert pianist, and her step-father, Ted Andrews, was a tenor, and together the two had a popular double act which toured the country. Julie made her stage debut in their act, and at the age of twelve began to perform on her own in variety shows, music hall performances, holiday pantomimes, and on British radio and television. Her school-teacher father, Ted Wells, fostered Julie’s love of reading and writing from an early age – gifts which served her well during her touring years, when her academic education was curtailed by her professional commitments.
At the age of 19, Julie was pegged to star as Polly Browne in Sandy Wilson’s The Boyfriend on Broadway. She subsequently received critical acclaim for her legendary stage performances starring as Eliza Doolittle (opposite Rex Harrison) in My Fair Lady, and as Queen Guenevere (opposite Richard Burton) in Camelot.
She made her motion picture debut in Mary Poppins (which won her an Oscar), and her extensive film career since encompasses such screen classics as The Sound of Music (the highest grossing film of all time), Thoroughly Modern Millie, 10, Victor/Victoria (which she also performed on Broadway a decade later, and which earned her a TonyÒ nomination for Best Actress) and most recently The Princess Diaries and Shrek films.
Where was Julie Andrews Born
Julie Andrews was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.
Julie Andrews Age
She was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.
Julie Andrews Married
Andrews married Edwards in 1969; his children from a previous marriage, Jennifer and Geoffrey, were 3 and 5 years older than Emma, Andrews’ daughter with Tony Walton.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.
Julie Andrews Husband
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. Andrews and Walton headed back to London in September 1962 to await the birth of daughter Emma Katherine Walton, who was born in London two months later.
Julie Andrews Children – Julie Andrews Daughter
She has 3 children namely; Emma Walton Hamilton, Joanna Edwards and Amy Edwards.
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Julie Andrews Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
Julie Andrews Death
She has been a victim of internet death hoax. She is alive and well.
Julie Andrews Films – Julie Andrews Movies
- Julie’s Greenroom (TV Show) Ms. Julie
- The Tooth Fairy (Movie) Lily 2010
- Shrek Forever After (Movie) Queen [Voice] 2010
- Despicable Me (Movie) [Voice] 2010
- Shrek The Third (Movie) Queen 2007
- Enchanted (Movie) Narrator 2007
- Great Performances (TV Show)
- Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ — 2004
- Cinderella 2004
- Shrek 2 (Movie) Queen Lillian 2004
- The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Movie) Queen Clarisse Renaldi 2004
- Eloise At Christmastime (Movie) Nanny 2004
- Eloise At The Plaza (Movie) Nanny 2003
- The Directors (TV Show)
- Robert Altman — 2001
- Unconditional Love (Movie) Herself 2001
- The Princess Diaries (Movie) Clarisse Rinaldi 2001
- Relative Values (Movie) Felicity, Countess of Marshwood 2000
- One Special Night (Movie) Catherine 1999
- A Fine Romance (Movie) Pamela Picquet 1992
- Julie (TV Show) Julie
- Duet For One (Movie) Stephanie Anderson 1986
- That’s Life! (Movie) Gillian Fairchild 1986
- The Man Who Loved Women (Movie) Marianna 1983
- Victor/Victoria (Movie) Victoria Grant/Count Victor Grazinski 1982
- O.B. (Movie) Sally Miles 1981
- Little Miss Marker (Movie) Amanda 1980
- 10 (Movie) Sam 1979
- The Tamarind Seed (Movie) Judith Farrow 1974
- Darling Lili (Movie) Lili Smith 1970
- Star! (Movie) Gertrude Lawrence 1968
- Thoroughly Modern Millie (Movie) Millie Dillmount 1967
- Torn Curtain (Movie) Sarah Sherman 1966
- Hawaii (Movie) Jerusha Bromley 1966
- The Sound Of Music (Movie) Maria 1965
- Mary Poppins (Movie) Mary Poppins 1964
Julie Andrews Songs
- My Favorite Things
- A Spoonful of Sugar
- Chim Chim Cher-ee
- Feed the Birds
- So Long, Farewell
- Prelude / The Sound of Music
- I Have Confidence
- Wouldn’t It Be Loverly
- I Could Have Danced All Night
- The Lonely Goatherd
- Jolly Holiday
- Your Crowning Glory
- The Rain in Spain
- I Love to Laugh
- Getting to Know You
- I Feel Pretty
- In My Own Little Corner
- Stay Awake
- Something Good
- The Simple Joys of Maidenhood
- The Lusty Month of May
- The Hills Are Alive
- I Loved You Once in Silence
- We’ll Gather Lilacs in the Spring
- I Have Dreamed
- Before I Gaze at You Again
- Here I’ll Stay
- Hello Young Lovers
- What do the Simple Folk Do
Julie Andrews Interview
What’s something you know about life now that you didn’t know when you were filming The Sound of Music?
Julie Andrews: That it passes extremely quickly. It’s gone in a flash, so you have to embrace as much as you can of it while it’s there. I keep saying, ‘I can’t be fifty years! Surely it’s only thirty.’ I lost twenty [years] somewhere. I think that little thing called life got in the way and occupied me.
That makes me a little nervous.
Julie Andrews: You should be nervous. Make the most of it!
How did you feel about Lady Gaga’s tribute at the Oscars?
Julie Andrews: I felt great. She was just such an immediate success. The moment she began singing I thought, ‘Great!’ My God, what a lovely tribute. She gave it her all. She was, I know, very nervous about it. I’d never met her, but I’d been a fan for a long time. The first time was when I walked out onstage. I’d spoken to her once on the phone about it.
What did you talk about on the phone?
Julie Andrews: She very generously wanted to be sure that I was okay with her doing that medley and that I didn’t feel that she was stepping in territory that she shouldn’t. And all I could say was, ‘Absolutely not. Go for it. Have a ball doing it.’ She did say it was one of the hardest things she’s ever attempted, which was the most enormous compliment. I knew she was very talented, but my God she sang it so well.
Did the two of you have any interaction following her performance?
Julie Andrews: I called her the minute I got home. We were both meant to be a sort of surprise that evening, and I didn’t do any other part of the Oscars. I was just an additional surprise moment so I went in the back door, left very quickly, and went home. Then I called her immediately. We must have chatted for about 25 minutes.
And now you’re friends?
Julie Andrews: Indeed. I was a fan and now I’ve found a friend—a new one.
Growing up I read many of your young adult novels. What have been some pivotal books for you?
Julie Andrews: Oh my, lots. I’m reading one now called All the Light We Cannot See. It’s beautifully written. One of the pivotal books [for me] was The Once and Future King, which is four novels in one huge book, by T.H. White. He’s the man who translated the Thomas Malory story of King Arthur. It’s what subsequently became Camelot. That is a miraculous book. In the same vein, I’m very fond of Philip Pullman in terms of books for young adults. I’m just honored that some of my little contributions I’ve written with my daughter are doing well.
Going forward in your career, is there something you still hope to achieve?
Julie Andrews: I’m inclined to say ‘Oh, hundreds and thousands of things!’ I’m beginning to direct, which I love doing. I’ve got other books that I’m contracted to write and I love that. I’m still going out and doing speaking engagements. Some of my own books are being developed—one as a Broadway musical. That’s almost ready to go. One as a film. It is a gift that comes back at me. I never guessed writing them that would happen and it’s a joy.
There’s been a lot of discussion about feminism lately. What is your relationship with that word?
Julie Andrews: I certainly embrace all the movement that’s going on these days about equality for women and equal rights. In general, I would apply that to all nationalities and all races. I think we do need—and truthfully it sounds Pollyanna-ish to say so—more awareness, generosity, and compassion than we have right now. But in terms of feminism, I embrace it wholeheartedly. Not in a kind of militant way, but I’ve always known that it matters.
On a completely different note, how have you kept your skin looking so nice all these years?
Julie Andrews: You know, my mum gave me pretty good genes in that department. She had gorgeous skin. That good English complexion. She never seemed to have a blemish that I knew of. But the one thing she drilled into me when I was growing up and touring around Britain in vaudeville and musicals was ‘For God’s sake, cleanse your skin well.’ In those days it was heavy makeup. She always insisted, no matter what, no matter how late or how tired I was, that I cleanse not once, but twice. With cream and washing my face. And she was right!
You must be thankful for that advice now.
Julie Andrews: Yes. I think it still applies. And obviously wash it in good water and drink a lot of water. But I certainly inherited a lot of it from her. I know I did.