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Julie Andrews is an award winning British film and stage actress

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BirthdayOctober 1, 1935
NationalityBritish
FamousAuthor, Singers, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses, Singers, Writers
SpousesBlake Edwards (m. 1969–2010), Tony Walton (m. 1959–1967)
SiblingsAmy Edwards, Emma Walton Hamilton, Joanna Edwards
Known asDame Julie Elizabeth Andrews
Universities
  • Cone-Ripman School
Birth PlaceWalton-on-Thames
Height173cm
GenderFemale
FatherEdward Charles Wells
MotherBarbara Ward Wells
Net Worth$45 million as of Apr 27,2017
Sun SignLibra
Born inWalton-on-Thames
Famous asActress, Singer & Author

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Who is Julie Andrews?

A legendary figure in the world of entertainment, Julie Andrews is a dynamic and talented actress. She is a Golden Globe and Academy Award winning star, who enjoyed success on Broadway, London theatres and a series of award-winning films and television shows. She has also recorded albums and is an acclaimed children’s book author. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Furthermore, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon her the title of ‘Dame’. She is also the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations UNIFEM program. She is best known for her role in the Walt Disney blockbuster, ‘Mary Poppins’. Some of her other films include, ‘The Sound of Music’ , 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', 'Victor Victoria', ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’. Some of her notable television works include, ‘The Julie Andrews Hour’, ‘The Julie Andrews Show’ and ‘Julie’. Her autobiography, ‘Home: A Memoir of My Early Years’, was a number one New York Times Best Seller. Equipped with a survivor’s spirit, she sailed through numerous setbacks, including the time when she lost her singing voice in surgery, but came back as a performer.

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Childhood & Early Life

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, to Barbara Ward Wells. She was born from an affair her mother had with a family friend. Her mother later married Edward Charles Ted Wells.

Ted Wells and Barbara got divorced and she remarried singer Ted Andrews. The family initially struggled, living in slum areas but after her parents achieved success in their stage career, they relocated to a better place.

Her step father sponsored her education at the Cone-Ripman School, London, and sent her to Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen, a concert soprano and voice instructor. She later continued her education at the Woodbrook School.

Career

From 1945 onwards, she performed on stage with her parents for two years. On certain occasions, she performed solo or sang a duet with her father, while her mother played the piano.

Her stepfather introduced her to theatrical impresario, Val Parnell in order to get her a big break. On October 22, 1947, she made her solo debut with the musical revue, ‘Starlight Roof’, in which she sang, 'Je suisTitania' at the London Hippodrome.

On November 1, 1948, she performed at the London Palladium in the Royal Command Variety Performance. She was the youngest solo performer who performed for King George VI's family.

She performed in the musical interlude of the comedy show ‘Up the Pole’. On October 8, 1949, she made her debut on television with ‘RadiOlympia Showtime’, a BBC programme.

From 1950 to 1952, she was cast as member of the BBC radio comedy show, 'Educating Archie’. The show earned her recognition all over United Kingdom.

On September 30, 1954, she made her debut in Broadway with the London musical, ‘The Boy Friend’. In the musical she played, ‘Polly Browne’, a role which earned her acclaim as the stand-out performer of the show.

In 1955, she signed to work in the TV film, ‘High Tor’. The following year, she played ‘Eliza Doolittle’ in the Broadway musical production, ‘My Fair Lady’, a role that earned her a Tony Award nomination.

On March 31, 1957, she starred in the CBS television musical, ‘Cinderella’, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. She earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance.

In 1960, she was cast as ‘Queen Guenevere’ in the Broadway period musical, ‘Camelot’, which opened at the Majestic Theatre, Manhattan. The show ran for 873 performances.

From 1958 to 1962, she made appearances in a number of TV shows including, 'The Broadway of Lerner & Loewe', 'The Fabulous Fifties' and guest starred on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show'.

In 1962, she co-starred along with actress Carol Burnett on the Emmy Award winning American TV musical comedy showcase, ‘Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall’.

In 1964, she delivered an Academy Award winning performance in the musical film, ‘Mary Poppins’, which was directed by Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney chose her for the role after watching her in ‘Camelot’.

In 1964, she starred in the American comedy-drama war film, ‘The Americanization of Emily’, which was directed by Arthur Hiller. The film was an adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by William Bradford Huie.

In 1965, she starred in the musical film, ‘The Sound of Music’, which was directed by Robert Wise. The film was inspired by a Broadway musical of the same name.

She was a guest star on ‘The Andy Williams Show’ and she also hosted ‘The Julie Andrews Show’. In 1966, she starred in the award winning film, ‘Hawaii’. That year she was also seen in the Alfred Hitchcock film, ‘Torn Curtain’.

In 1967, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as ‘Millie Dillmount’ in the American musical film, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. The film was a hit at the box office.

Years 1968 to 1972 marked a bad patch in her career as she starred in flop films like, 'Star!' and ‘Darling Lili’. She was seen in the documentary film, ‘Julie’. She also appeared on TV in 'An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte' and 'Julie and Carol At Lincoln Center'.

Year 1972 to 1973 was a time of revival as she starred in the award-winning ABC TV variety show, ‘The Julie Andrews Hour’. The show ended after one season but she continued her association with ABC.

In 1977, she was a guest star on ‘The Muppet Show’. The following year, the TV programme, ‘Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring’ was broadcast and receiving mixed reviews.

In 1980, she headlined the CBS-TV special, ‘Because We Care’ along with other prominent stars in order to raise funds for the ‘Cambodian Famine victims’. The following year, she was seen in the film, ‘Little Miss Marker’.

In 1981, she shocked audiences, when she appeared in her first on-screen nude scene in the Blake Edwards comedy film, ‘S.O.B’. In the succeeding year, she played a dual role in the film, ‘Victor Victoria’.

In 1983, she played ‘Marianna’ in the comedy film, ‘The Man Who Loved Women’. She earned Golden Globe nominations for her subsequent films, 'That's Life!' and 'Duet for One'.

In 1987, she was seen in ‘Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas’, an ABC Christmas special show. Following this, she was also seen on the TV shows ‘Julie & Carol: Together Again’ and ‘Julie Andrews in Concert’.

In 1991, she starred in the TV film, ‘Our Sons’, a film about AIDS victims, which was inspired from the documentary film ‘Too Little, Too Late’. The following year, she starred in the TV sitcom, ‘Julie’ and hosted, 'Christmas In Washington'.

In 1993, she was seen on the TV show, ‘Sound of Orchestra’ and the same year she played ‘Amy’ in the revue, ‘Putting It Together', which premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

In the 1990s she recorded two solo albums and starred in the stage production of ‘Victor/Victoria’. She also starred in the CBS network TV film, ‘One Special Night’.

In 2001, she starred in the live TV show, ‘On Golden Pond’. The show was an adaptation of an Ernest Thompson play of the same name. The same year, she starred in ‘The Princess Diaries’.

In 2003, she appeared in the film, ‘Eloise at the Plaza’. She subsequently starred in the films, ‘Eloise at Christmastime’ and ‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’.

From 2004 to 2010, she played voice roles in the films, 'Shrek 2', 'Shrek the Third', 'Enchanted', 'Shrek Forever After' and 'Despicable Me'. She was also seen in the ‘Broadway: The American Musical’ and ‘Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009’.

She is also an author of children’s books. Some of her books include, ‘The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl,’‘Dragon Hound of Honor’, ‘Dumpy and the Firefighters’ and ‘Dumpy to the Rescue!’.

Major Works

She starred in the film, ‘Mary Poppins’, which was one of the biggest Walt Disney hits. In Disney history, this is the most Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movie.

‘The Sound of Music’ is one of the biggest Twentieth Century Fox hits in history. In 2001, The National Film Registry, the United States National Film Preservation Board acknowledged the film as 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant'.

Awards & Achievements

In 1965, she received the Academy Award for the category of ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for ‘Mary Poppins’.

In 1965, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy’ for ‘Mary Poppins’.

In 1966, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy’ for ‘The Sound of Music’.

In 1983, she received a Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical’ for ‘Victor Victoria’.

Personal Life & Legacy

On May 10, 1959, she married Tony Walton, a set designer, with whom she had a child. They filed divorce on November 14, 1967.

On November 12, 1969 she married, Blake Edwards. They adopted two children together. He died in 2010.

Around 1997, she developed problems in her throat and could no longer continue in Broadway. She underwent surgery for the same.

In 2008, she published her autobiography titled, ‘Home: A Memoir of My Early Years’. The book became a number one on The New York Times Bestseller List.

Trivia

This Academy and Golden Globe award winning actress and Broadway star once sported a bumper sticker on her car that stated that she ‘is a junkie’.

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Julie Andrews awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1965Best Actress in a Leading RoleMary Poppins (1964)

Golden Globe Awards

1983Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalVictor Victoria (1982)
1968World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1967World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1966Best Actress - Comedy or MusicalThe Sound of Music (1965)
1965Best Actress - Comedy or MusicalMary Poppins (1964)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2005Outstanding Nonfiction SeriesBroadway: The American Musical (2004)
1973Outstanding Variety Musical SeriesThe Julie Andrews Hour (1972)

BAFTA Awards

1965Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesMary Poppins (1964)

Grammy Awards

1965Best Recording for ChildrenMary Poppins (1964)

Julie Andrews biography timelines

  • // 1st Oct 1935
    Julia Elizabeth Wells was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, to Barbara Ward Wells. She was born from an affair her mother had with a family friend. Her mother later married Edward Charles Ted Wells.
  • // 1945
    From 1945 onwards, she performed on stage with her parents for two years. On certain occasions, she performed solo or sang a duet with her father, while her mother played the piano.
  • // 22nd Oct 1947
    Her stepfather introduced her to theatrical impresario, Val Parnell in order to get her a big break. On October 22, 1947, she made her solo debut with the musical revue, ‘Starlight Roof’, in which she sang, 'Je suisTitania' at the London Hippodrome.
  • // 1st Nov 1948
    On November 1, 1948, she performed at the London Palladium in the Royal Command Variety Performance. She was the youngest solo performer who performed for King George VI's family.
  • // 8th Oct 1949
    She performed in the musical interlude of the comedy show ‘Up the Pole’. On October 8, 1949, she made her debut on television with ‘RadiOlympia Showtime’, a BBC programme.
  • // 1950 To 1952
    From 1950 to 1952, she was cast as member of the BBC radio comedy show, 'Educating Archie’. The show earned her recognition all over United Kingdom.
  • // 30th Sep 1954
    On September 30, 1954, she made her debut in Broadway with the London musical, ‘The Boy Friend’. In the musical she played, ‘Polly Browne’, a role which earned her acclaim as the stand-out performer of the show.
  • // 1955
    In 1955, she signed to work in the TV film, ‘High Tor’. The following year, she played ‘Eliza Doolittle’ in the Broadway musical production, ‘My Fair Lady’, a role that earned her a Tony Award nomination.
  • // 31st Mar 1957
    On March 31, 1957, she starred in the CBS television musical, ‘Cinderella’, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. She earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance.
  • // 1958 To 1962
    From 1958 to 1962, she made appearances in a number of TV shows including, 'The Broadway of Lerner & Loewe', 'The Fabulous Fifties' and guest starred on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show'.
  • // 10th May 1959 To 14th Nov 1967
    On May 10, 1959, she married Tony Walton, a set designer, with whom she had a child. They filed divorce on November 14, 1967.
  • // 1960
    In 1960, she was cast as ‘Queen Guenevere’ in the Broadway period musical, ‘Camelot’, which opened at the Majestic Theatre, Manhattan. The show ran for 873 performances.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, she co-starred along with actress Carol Burnett on the Emmy Award winning American TV musical comedy showcase, ‘Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall’.
  • // 1964
    In 1964, she delivered an Academy Award winning performance in the musical film, ‘Mary Poppins’, which was directed by Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney chose her for the role after watching her in ‘Camelot’.
  • // 1964
    In 1964, she starred in the American comedy-drama war film, ‘The Americanization of Emily’, which was directed by Arthur Hiller. The film was an adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by William Bradford Huie.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, she starred in the musical film, ‘The Sound of Music’, which was directed by Robert Wise. The film was inspired by a Broadway musical of the same name.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, she received the Academy Award for the category of ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for ‘Mary Poppins’.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy’ for ‘Mary Poppins’.
  • // 1966
    She was a guest star on ‘The Andy Williams Show’ and she also hosted ‘The Julie Andrews Show’. In 1966, she starred in the award winning film, ‘Hawaii’. That year she was also seen in the Alfred Hitchcock film, ‘Torn Curtain’.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy’ for ‘The Sound of Music’.
  • // 1967
    In 1967, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as ‘Millie Dillmount’ in the American musical film, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. The film was a hit at the box office.
  • // 1968 To 1972
    Years 1968 to 1972 marked a bad patch in her career as she starred in flop films like, 'Star!' and ‘Darling Lili’. She was seen in the documentary film, ‘Julie’. She also appeared on TV in 'An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte' and 'Julie and Carol At Lincoln Center'.
  • // 2nd Nov 1969 To 2010
    On November 12, 1969 she married, Blake Edwards. They adopted two children together. He died in 2010.
  • // 1972 To 1973
    Year 1972 to 1973 was a time of revival as she starred in the award-winning ABC TV variety show, ‘The Julie Andrews Hour’. The show ended after one season but she continued her association with ABC.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, she was a guest star on ‘The Muppet Show’. The following year, the TV programme, ‘Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring’ was broadcast and receiving mixed reviews.
  • // 1980 To 1981
    In 1980, she headlined the CBS-TV special, ‘Because We Care’ along with other prominent stars in order to raise funds for the ‘Cambodian Famine victims’. The following year, she was seen in the film, ‘Little Miss Marker’.
  • // 1981 To 1982
    In 1981, she shocked audiences, when she appeared in her first on-screen nude scene in the Blake Edwards comedy film, ‘S.O.B’. In the succeeding year, she played a dual role in the film, ‘Victor Victoria’.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, she played ‘Marianna’ in the comedy film, ‘The Man Who Loved Women’. She earned Golden Globe nominations for her subsequent films, 'That's Life!' and 'Duet for One'.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, she received a Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical’ for ‘Victor Victoria’.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, she was seen in ‘Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas’, an ABC Christmas special show. Following this, she was also seen on the TV shows ‘Julie & Carol: Together Again’ and ‘Julie Andrews in Concert’.
  • // 1990
    In the 1990s she recorded two solo albums and starred in the stage production of ‘Victor/Victoria’. She also starred in the CBS network TV film, ‘One Special Night’.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, she starred in the TV film, ‘Our Sons’, a film about AIDS victims, which was inspired from the documentary film ‘Too Little, Too Late’. The following year, she starred in the TV sitcom, ‘Julie’ and hosted, 'Christmas In Washington'.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, she was seen on the TV show, ‘Sound of Orchestra’ and the same year she played ‘Amy’ in the revue, ‘Putting It Together', which premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
  • // 1997
    Around 1997, she developed problems in her throat and could no longer continue in Broadway. She underwent surgery for the same.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, she starred in the live TV show, ‘On Golden Pond’. The show was an adaptation of an Ernest Thompson play of the same name. The same year, she starred in ‘The Princess Diaries’.
  • // 2001
    ‘The Sound of Music’ is one of the biggest Twentieth Century Fox hits in history. In 2001, The National Film Registry, the United States National Film Preservation Board acknowledged the film as 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant'.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, she appeared in the film, ‘Eloise at the Plaza’. She subsequently starred in the films, ‘Eloise at Christmastime’ and ‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’.
  • // 2004 To 2010
    From 2004 to 2010, she played voice roles in the films, 'Shrek 2', 'Shrek the Third', 'Enchanted', 'Shrek Forever After' and 'Despicable Me'. She was also seen in the ‘Broadway: The American Musical’ and ‘Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she published her autobiography titled, ‘Home: A Memoir of My Early Years’. The book became a number one on The New York Times Bestseller List.

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Julie Andrews's FAQ

  • What is Julie Andrews birthday?

    Julie Andrews was born at 1935-10-01

  • Where is Julie Andrews's birth place?

    Julie Andrews was born in Walton-on-Thames

  • What is Julie Andrews nationalities?

    Julie Andrews's nationalities is British

  • Who is Julie Andrews spouses?

    Julie Andrews's spouses is Blake Edwards (m. 1969–2010), Tony Walton (m. 1959–1967)

  • Who is Julie Andrews siblings?

    Julie Andrews's siblings is Amy Edwards, Emma Walton Hamilton, Joanna Edwards

  • What was Julie Andrews universities?

    Julie Andrews studied at Cone-Ripman School

  • How tall is Julie Andrews?

    Julie Andrews's height is 173

  • Who is Julie Andrews's father?

    Julie Andrews's father is Edward Charles Wells

  • Who is Julie Andrews's mother?

    Julie Andrews's mother is Barbara Ward Wells

  • What is Julie Andrews's sun sign?

    Julie Andrews is Libra

  • How famous is Julie Andrews?

    Julie Andrews is famouse as Actress, Singer & Author