Julie Andrews Biography

Birthday: 1935-10-01
Place of Birth: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m) Mini Biography Juli
Wiki Biography: Julie Andrews made her debut on Broadway in 1954 at age 19. Later, she worked in television until 1964 when her first successful movie as a protagonist was released: it was Mary Poppins (1964) by Robert Stevenson, for which she won an Oscar. In the following years, she worked with different directors in various genres (e.g., Robert Wise in The Sound of Music (1965) and with Alfred Hitchcock in Torn Curtain (1966)). In 1969, she married the director Blake Edwards, with whom she also made various movies (e.g., Victor Victoria (1982)). IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm Mini Biography Born Julia Elizabeth Wells in England in 1935, she was discovered as a child to have a freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice. Her mother and stepfather, both Vaudeville performers, immediately got her into a singing career and she performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens, always being immensely popular. At age 20, she performed in a London Palladium production of "Cinderella", launching her stage career. She came to Broadway in 1954 with "The Boy Friend". It was a hit, and Julie Andrews became a bona fide star two years later in 1956, in the role of "Eliza Doolittle" in the unprecedented hit "My Fair Lady". Her star status continued in 1957, when she starred in the hit TV-production of Cinderella (1957) (TV) and through 1960, when she played "Guenevere" in "Camelot". She also starred in many TV-specials, notably one with Carol Burnett. In 1963, Walt Disney asked if she would like to star in his upcoming production, a lavish musical fantasy that combined live-action and animation. Julie said she would do it if she did not get to play "Eliza" in the pending film production of My Fair Lady (1964). She didn't, and so she made an auspicious film debut in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964), a huge hit which got her the Academy Award for Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn, who played "Eliza" in the My Fair Lady (1964) film, wasn't even nominated). None of the films were released and she was only known on Broadway until after the release of Mary Poppins. The Sound of Music (1965), the highest-grossing movie of its day and one of the highest-grossing of all time. The only problem was that now audiences identified her only with singing, sugary-sweet nannies and governesses. Therefore, they could not accept her in dramatic roles (The Americanization of Emily (1964) and definitely not in an Alfred Hitchcock thriller Torn Curtain (1966)). In addition, the box-office showings of the musicals Julie subsequently made increasingly reflected the negative effects of the musical-film boom that she helped to create. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) was for a time the most successful film Universal had released, but it still could not hope to compete with Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music for worldwide acclaim and recognition. And Star! (1968) and Darling Lili (1970) both bombed at the box office. Fortunately, Julie did not let this keep her down. She did work in nightclubs and hosted a TV variety series in the 1970s. Then, she made a comeback to movies with an appearance in 10 (1979), directed by husband Blake Edwards. He helped continue to keep her on the rise by directing her in subsequent roles that were entirely different from anything she had been seen in before. There was the movie star who bared her breasts on-screen in S.O.B. (1981), the woman playing a man playing a woman in Victor Victoria (1982) and the sheer novelty of seeing Julie Andrews in these roles, not to mention her brilliant performances in both of them, undoubtedly helped make them successes. She continued acting throughout the 1980s and 1990s in movies and TV, hosting several specials and starring in a short-lived sitcom. In 1995, she returned to Broadway to star in the musical version of Victor Victoria (1982) and was again a smash. Sadly, an operation on her vocal chords left her singing voice badly damaged in 1998, but she has not let even this stop her, giving a show-stopping appearance at the 1999 Tony Awards and appearing in the TV-movie One Special Night (1999) (TV). Julie Andrews, in all her many incarnations, will no doubt keep us very entertained for years to come.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
That's Life Gillian Fairchild 1986 Comedy
Julie Julie Carlyle-McGuire 1992 - 1992
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Broadway 1942
Mary Poppins Mary Poppins 1964 0, 0, 0
The Americanization of Emily Emily Barham 1964 0, Biography, Romance
The Sound of Music Maria 1965 0, 0, 0
Torn Curtain Sarah Sherman 1966
Thoroughly Modern Millie Millie Dillmount 1967 Comedy, Musical
Darling Lili 1970 Drama, Music
The Tamarind Seed 1974 0
S.O.B. Sally Miles 1981
The Man Who Loved Women Marianna 1983
That's Life! Gillian Fairchild 1986
Duet for One 1986
Our Sons 1991 Drama
A Fine Romance Mrs. Pamela Piquet 1992 Comedy
Relative Values 2000 Comedy
The Princess Diaries Queen Clarisse Renaldi 2001 0, 0, Biography
Eloise at the Plaza Nanny 2003 Family, Comedy
Eloise at Christmastime Nanny 2003 Family, Comedy, Drama
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Queen Clarisse Renaldi 2004 0, 0, 0
Shrek 2 Queen 2004 Drama, 0, 0, 0
Enchanted 2007 0, Biography, 0
Shrek the Third Queen 2007 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Despicable Me Gru's Mom 2010 Drama, 0
Shrek Forever After Queen 2010 0, Drama, 0, 0