Julie Andrews

Actor, Singer, Writer
Singer-actress Julie Andrews came from humble beginnings on the English vaudeville circuit before going on to become one of the showbiz's brightest talents, and ultimately, one of entertainment's greatest living ... Read more »
Born: 09/30/1935 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (95)

20/20 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Caroline in the City 1996 - 1997, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Despicable Me 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Gru's Mom (Actor)

Shrek Forever After 2010 (Movie)

Queen (Voice)

Tooth Fairy 2010 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Queen (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway: The American Musical 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Queen (Actor)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement 2004 (Movie)

Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Actor)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Screen Tests: Take Two 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Victor/Victoria 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Garry Marshall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

On Golden Pond (Cbs) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Princess Diaries 2001 (Movie)

Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Actor)

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Relative Values 2000 (Movie)

Felicity--Countess of Marshwood (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sound of Julie Andrews 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fine Romance 1992 (Movie)

Pamela Picquet (Actor)

Julie 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie Andrews in Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie and Carol: Together Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Lerner & Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Mancini and Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Duet For One 1986 (Movie)

Stephanie Anderson (Actor)

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

Gillian Fairchild (Actor)

Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Loved Women 1983 (Movie)

Marianna (Actor)

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

Victoria Grant/Count Victor Grazinski (Actor)

Walt Disney... One Man's Dream 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

Sally Miles (Actor)

Little Miss Marker 1980 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

10 1979 (Movie)

Samantha Taylor-- (Actor)

Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie -- My Favorite Things 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie and Dick in Covent Garden 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie on Sesame Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Julie Andrews Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tamarind Seed 1973 (Movie)

Judith Farrow (Actor)

Disney World: a Gala Opening 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie! 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

A World of Love 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

Lili Smith (Actor)

Star! 1968 (Movie)

Gertrude Lawrence (Actor)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

Millie Dillmount (Actor)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

Jerusha Bromley (Actor)

Torn Curtain 1966 (Movie)

Sarah Sherman (Actor)

The Sound of Music 1965 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

Mary Poppins (Actor)

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

Emily Barham (Actor)

Cinderella 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Eloise at Christmastime (TV Show)

Actor

Eloise at the Plaza (TV Show)

Actor

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Actor

One Special Night (TV Show)

Actor

Our Sons (TV Show)

Actor
Music (6)

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 (Movie)

("A Spoonful Of Sugar") (Song Performer)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement 2004 (Movie)

("Your Crowning Glory") (Song Performer)

Welcome to Woop Woop 1998 (Movie)

("The Sound of Music (from 'The Sound of Music')" "The Lonely Goatherd (from 'The Sound of Music')") (Song Performer)

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Peter Pan 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Biography

Singer-actress Julie Andrews came from humble beginnings on the English vaudeville circuit before going on to become one of the showbiz's brightest talents, and ultimately, one of entertainment's greatest living treasures. After a string of hit productions on Broadway - and being denied the opportunity to reprise her roles on film - Hollywood at last opened its doors to Andrews when she landed the lead in Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" (1964). Her enchanting performance, combined with a stunning four-octave vocal range, won her an Oscar. Andrews followed with her career-making turn as the embodiment of kindness and sincerity, Maria Von Trapp, in "The Sound of Music" (1965). The record breaking film would remain one of the most successful and beloved movies of all time, gaining legions of fans for generations to come. As the Sixties came to a close, Andrews' professional output waned, although her personal life flourished with a marriage to director Blake Edwards. Andrews went on to score more cinematic hits with her director husband including "10" (1979) and "Victor/Victoria" (1982), as well as enjoy a respectable career as a children's book author. In a tragic bit of irony, the angelic-voiced actress would lose her instrument after a botched throat operation in 1998. However, this did not prevent Andrews from winning over new audiences with turns in projects like "The Princess Diaries" (2001), or lending her still regal voice to the animated fairy tale romp, "Shrek 2" (2004). Through the years, Andrews came to epitomize the concepts of dignity, grace and rare talent - traits that endeared her to fans the world over for nearly 50 years.

Relationships

Ted Andrews

Step-Father
Married Andrews' mother 1939

Denise Crosby Actor

Step-Child

Blake Edwards Actor

Husband
Met on the set of "Darling Lili" (1970) and married shortly after filming Married Nov. 12, 1969; worked together in several film and television projects as well as the stage adaptation of "Victor/Victoria" Edwards passed away Dec. 15, 2010 with Andrews at his bedside

Geoffrey Edwards Actor

Step-Son
Born Oct. 20, 1959 to Blake Edwards and Patricia Walker

Jennifer Edwards Actor

Step-Daughter
Born March 25, 1957 to Blake Edwards and Patricia Walker

Amy Edwards Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 14, 1974 in Vietnam; adopted with Blake Edwards

Joanna Edwards

Daughter
Adopted with Blake Edwards in Vietnam 1975

Sarah Haskins Actor

Step-Daughter

Tony Walton Actor

Husband
Married May 10, 1959 Walton helped create the designs for "Mary Poppins" (1964) Divorced Nov. 14, 1967

Emma Walton Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 27, 1962; father, Tony Walton; operated Bay Street Theater with Sybil Christopher

Barbara Ward

Mother
Divorced from Edward Wells and married Ted Andrews; along with second husband and daughter, toured as a trio in variety, pantomime, and revue; also appeared on TV and radio

Edward Wells

Father
Married to Andrews' mother at the time of her birth, but was not her biological father

EDUCATION

Woodbrook School

Studied with the famous concert soprano and voice instructor Lilian Stiles-Allen

Cone-Ripman School

Currently known as Arts Educational Schools

Milestones

2010

Earned a Grammy nomination for narrating Julie Andrews' Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies

2010

Played the queen of all the tooth fairies in the comedy film, "The Tooth Fairy"

2010

Voiced the character of Gru's Mom in the animated film "Despicable Me"

2008

Published her autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

2007

Narrated the Disney film, "Enchanted"

2007

Reprised role of the Queen for "Shrek the Third"

2005

Named the Official Ambassador for Disneyland's 18 month-long, 50th anniversary celebration, the "Happiest Homecoming on Earth"

2004

Voiced Fiona's mother, the Queen, in the animated feature "Shrek 2"

2004

Reprised role as Queen of Genovia in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement"

2003

Directed a revival of "The Boy Friend," the musical in which she made her Broadway debut in 1954

2003

Portrayed the nanny in two ABC made-for-television movies based on the Eloise books, "Eloise at the Plaza" and "Eloise at Christmastime"; earned an Emmy nomination for latter film

2001

Re-teamed with Christopher Plummer for live TV production of "On Golden Pond" (CBS)

2001

Portrayed the Queen of Genovia in the Disney comedy, "The Princess Diaries"

2000

Returned to features after eight years in "Relative Values," an adaptation of a Noel Coward play

1999

Re-teamed with James Garner for the CBS made-for-TV movie, "One Special Night"

1998

Recorded the speaking voice of Polly for the British stage musical, "Dr. Dolittle"

1996

Declined nomination for Tony Award as Outstanding Actress in a Musical because she was sole nominee for "Victor/Victoria"

1995

Returned to Broadway after 35 years to star in the stage musical version of "Victor/Victoria"; written and directed by Edwards

1993

Returned to the NYC stage for a limited run at the Manhattan Theatre Club in the off-Broadway revue of Stephen Sondheim's "Putting It Together"

1992

Last feature for eight years, Gene Saks' "A Fine Romance"

1992

Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Julie"

1991

Made her television dramatic debut in the ABC made-for-TV movie, "Our Sons"

1987

Starred in an ABC holiday special, "Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas"

1986

Seventh and last feature with Edwards, "That's Life!"

1982

Played duel roles of Victoria Grant and Count Victor Grezhinski in Edwards' "Victor/Victoria"; earned third Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1981

Appeared in Blake Edwards' "S.O.B."; famously appeared topless

1979

Again directed by husband Blake Edwards in "10," also starring with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore

1978

Appeared with Jim Henson's the Muppets on a CBS-TV special, "Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring"

1974

Second film with Edwards, "The Tamarind Seed"

1972

Starred in her own television variety series, "The Julie Andrews Hour" on the ABC network; cancelled after one season

1969

Acted in first of seven films directed by husband Blake Edwards, "Darling Lili"

1968

Portrayed Gertrude Lawrence in Robert Wise's "Star!"

1967

Re-teamed with Hill for the musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

1966

Starred with Paul Newman in the Hitchcock thriller, "Torn Curtain"

1966

First of back-to-back films with director George Roy Hill, "Hawaii"

1965

Earned an Emmy nomination for guest starring on the NBC-TV variety series, "The Andy Williams Show"

1965

Appeared in the NBC color special, "The Julie Andrews Show," which featured Gene Kelly and The New Christy Minstrels as guests

1965

Portrayed Maria von Trapp in Robert Wise's "The Sound of Music"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress

1964

Played the title role in Disney's "Mary Poppins"; won Best Actress Academy Award

1964

Acted opposite James Garner in "The Americanization of Emily"

1962

Co-starred in a CBS special with Carol Burnett which was taped at Carnegie Hall in New York

1960

Starred on Broadway as Guinevere to Richard Burton's King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot"

1957

Featured in the Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical, "Cinderella"; aired live on CBS

1956

Played Eliza Doolittle to Rex Harrison's Henry Higgins in the Broadway production of Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady"

1956

Appeared with Bing Crosby in what is considered the first made-for-television movie, "High Tor" on CBS

1954

Made Broadway debut portraying Polly Browne in the successful London musical, "The Boy Friend"

1950

Became a regular cast member on the BBC radio comedy show, "Educating Archie"

1949

First film credit, dubbing her voice for the English-language version of Italian animated film, "La rosa di Bagdad/The Rose of Bagdad"

1949

Made her television debut on the BBC program "RadiOlympia Showtime"

1948

Became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Command Variety Performance, at the London Palladium

1947

Professional stage debut at the London Hippodrome as part of a musical revue called "Starlight Waltz"

1944

Began performing on stage with her parents, singing while her mother played the piano

Bonus Trivia

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Andrews was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland (1970).

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"We laugh about Mary Poppins and Maria and the corniness of all that, but you watch her in a room full of children who don't know 'Mary Poppins' or 'The Sound of Music' and, I mean, she's like a magnet. They just go right to her." – Blake Edwards quoted in Vanity Fair, October 1995

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Andrews garnered headlines in May 1996 when she refused a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for "Victor/Victoria." Because she was the only person associated with the show who was cited by the nominating committee, Andrews chose to stand with the "egregiously overlooked" company and asked that her name be withdrawn. While Andrews' name remained on the ballot, she lost to Donna Murphy from "The King and I."

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She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1997.

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In the 2000 New Year's Honours, despite her long exile in the United States and Switzerland, Andrews was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE).

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Andrews was forced to quit the play "Victor/Victoria" towards the end of its Broadway run in 1997 when she developed vocal problems. She subsequently underwent surgery to remove non-cancerous nodules from her throat and was left unable to sing. In 1999, Andrews filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctors at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. The lawsuit was settled in September 2000.

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On May 8, 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.

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According to Andrews' 2008 memoir, her stepfather was an alcoholic. While drunk, Ted Andrews twice tried to get into bed with his stepdaughter, resulting in the young girl putting a lock on her door.

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