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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