Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews
Dame Julie Andrews

Andrews, March 2003.
Born Julia Elizabeth Wells
1 October 1935 (1935-10-01) (age 76)
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actress, singer, author
Years active 1945–present (stage)
1949–present (screen)
Spouse Tony Walton (m. 1959–1967) «start: (1959-05-10)–end+1: (1967-11-15)»"Marriage: Tony Walton to Julie Andrews" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Andrews) (divorced)
Blake Edwards (m. 1969–2010) «start: (1969-11-12)–end+1: (2010-12-16)»"Marriage: Blake Edwards to Julie Andrews" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Andrews) (his death)

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (née Wells;[1] born 1 October 1935)[2] is an English film and stage actress, singer, and author. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award. In 1996, she famously declined the Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, an award she was favourite to win. Andrews was a former British child actress and singer who made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, and in musical films such as Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and The Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best-known. Her voice, which originally spanned four octaves, was damaged by a throat operation in 1997.

Andrews had a revival of her film career in the 2000s in family films such as The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), the Shrek animated films (2004–2010), and Despicable Me (2010). In 2003 Andrews revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York (and later at the Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam, Connecticut in 2005).

Andrews is also an author of children's books, and in 2008 published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.


Early life

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.[3] Her mother, Barbara Ward Wells (née Morris), was married to Edward Charles "Ted" Wells, a teacher of metal and woodworking, but Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with a family friend.[4][5]

With the outbreak of World War II, Barbara and Ted Wells went their separate ways. Ted Wells assisted with evacuating children to Surrey during the Blitz, while Barbara joined Ted Andrews in entertaining the troops through the good offices of the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). Barbara and Ted Wells were soon divorced. They both remarried: Barbara to Ted Andrews, in 1939; and Ted Wells to a former hairstylist working a lathe at a war factory that employed them both in Hinchley Wood, Surrey.[5][6]

Andrews lived briefly with Ted Wells and her brother John in Surrey. In about 1940, Ted Wells sent her to live with her mother and stepfather, who, the elder Wells thought, would be better able to provide for his talented daughter's artistic training. According to her 2008 autobiography Home, while Julie had been used to calling Ted Andrews "Uncle Ted", her mother suggested it would be more appropriate to refer to her stepfather as "Pop", while her father remained "Dad" or "Daddy" to her. Julie disliked this change.

The Andrews family was "very poor and we lived in a bad slum area of London," Andrews recalled, adding, "That was a very black period in my life." In addition, according to Andrews' 2008 memoir, her stepfather was an alcoholic. Ted Andrews twice, while drunk, tried to get into bed with his stepdaughter, resulting in Andrews putting a lock on her door.[7] But, as the stage career of Ted and Barbara Andrews improved, they were able to afford to move to better surroundings, first to Beckenham and then, as the war ended, back to the Andrews' home town of Hersham. The Andrews family took up residence at The Old Meuse, in West Grove; Hersham (now demolished) a house where Andrews' maternal grandmother happened to have served as a maid.[6]

Julie Andrews' stepfather sponsored lessons for her, first at the Cone-Ripman School, an independent arts educational school in London, then with the famous concert soprano and voice instructor Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen. "She had an enormous influence on me", Andrews said of Stiles-Allen, adding, "She was my third mother – I've got more mothers and fathers than anyone in the world." In her memoir Julie Andrews – My Star Pupil, Stiles-Allen records: "The range, accuracy and tone of Julie's voice amazed me ... she had possessed the rare gift of absolute pitch"[8] (though Andrews herself refutes this in her 2008 autobiography Home).[5][9] According to Andrews: "Madame was sure that I could do Mozart and Rossini, but, to be honest, I never was".[10] Of her own voice, she says "I had a very pure, white, thin voice, a four-octave range – dogs would come for miles around."[10] After Cone-Ripman School, Andrews continued her academic education at the nearby Woodbrook School, a local state school in Beckenham.[11]


Early career in the United Kingdom

Julie Andrews performed spontaneously and unbilled on stage with her parents for about two years beginning in 1945. "Then came the day when I was told I must go to bed in the afternoon because I was going to be allowed to sing with Mummy and Pop in the evening," Andrews explained. She would stand on a beer crate to reach the microphone and sing, sometimes a solo or as a duet with her stepfather, while her mother played piano. "It must have been ghastly, but it seemed to go down all right."[12][13]

Julie Andrews got her big break when her stepfather introduced her to Val Parnell, whose Moss Empires controlled prominent venues in London. Andrews made her professional solo debut at the London Hippodrome singing the difficult aria "Je Suis Titania" from Mignon as part of a musical revue called "Starlight Roof" on 22 October 1947. She played the Hippodrome for one year.[5][14] Andrews recalled "Starlight Roof" saying, "There was this wonderful American person and comedian, Wally Boag, who made balloon animals. He would say, 'Is there any little girl or boy in the audience who would like one of these?' And I would rush up onstage and say, 'I'd like one, please.' And then he would chat to me and I'd tell him I sang... I was fortunate in that I absolutely stopped the show cold. I mean, the audience went crazy."[15]

On 1 November 1948, Julie Andrews became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Command Variety Performance, at the London Palladium, where she performed along with Danny Kaye, the Nicholas Brothers and the comedy team George and Bert Bernard for members of King George VI's family.[16][17]

Julie Andrews followed her parents into radio and television.[18] She reportedly made her television debut on the BBC program RadiOlympia Showtime on 8 October 1949.[19] She garnered considerable fame throughout the United Kingdom for her work on the BBC radio comedy show Educating Archie; she was a cast member from 1950 to 1952.[17]

Andrews appeared on West End Theatre at the London Casino, where she played one year each as Princess Badroulbadour in Aladdin and the egg in Humpty Dumpty. She also appeared on provincial stages across United Kingdom in Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as starring as the lead role in Cinderella.[18]

In 1950 at the age of 14, Andrews was asked to sing at a party of a family friend, Katherine Norwalk, and it was then that she learned that Ted Wells was not her biological father.[5][6]

Early career in the United States

On 30 September 1954 on the eve of her 19th birthday, Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut portraying "Polly Browne" in the already highly successful London musical The Boy Friend.[2] To the critics, Andrews was the stand-out performer in the show.[20] Near the end of her Boy Friend contract, Andrews was asked to audition for My Fair Lady on Broadway and got the part.[21] In November 1955 Andrews was signed to appear with Bing Crosby in what is regarded as the first made-for-television movie, High Tor.[22]

Andrews auditioned for a part in the Richard Rodgers musical Pipe Dream. Although Rodgers wanted her for Pipe Dream, he advised her to take the part in the Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner musical My Fair Lady if it were offered to her. In 1956, she appeared on stage in My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle to Rex Harrison's Henry Higgins. Rodgers was so impressed with Andrews' talent that concurrent with her run in My Fair Lady that she was featured in the Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical, Cinderella.[20] Cinderella was broadcast live on CBS on 31 March 1957 under the musical direction of Alfredo Antonini and attracted an estimated 107 million viewers.[23][24]

Andrews married set designer Tony 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. The couple filed for a divorce on 14 November 1967.[17][25]

Between 1958 and 1962, Andrews appeared on such specials as CBS-TV's The Fabulous Fifties and NBC-TV's The Broadway of Lerner & Loewe. In addition to guest starring on The Ed Sullivan Show, she also appeared on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, What's My Line?, The Jack Benny Program, The Bell Telephone Hour, and The Garry Moore Show. In June 1962 Andrews co-starred in Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, a CBS special with Carol Burnett.

In 1960 Lerner and Loewe again cast her in a period musical as Queen Guinevere in Camelot, with Richard Burton and newcomer Robert Goulet. However movie studio head Jack Warner decided Andrews lacked sufficient name recognition for her casting in the film version of My Fair Lady; Eliza was played by the established film actress Audrey Hepburn instead. As Warner later recalled, the decision was easy, "In my business I have to know who brings people and their money to a movie theatre box office. Audrey Hepburn had never made a financial flop."[26]

Career peak

The handprints of Julie Andrews in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Andrews and her husband headed back to Britain in September 1962 to await the birth of daughter Emma Katherine Walton, who was born in London two months later.[27] The family returned to the United States in 1963 and Andrews began her work in the title role of Disney's musical film Mary Poppins. Walt Disney had seen a performance of Camelot and thought Andrews would be perfect for the role of the British nanny who is "practically perfect in every way!" Andrews initially declined because of pregnancy, but Disney politely insisted, saying, "We'll wait for you."[28]

As a result of her performance in Mary Poppins, Andrews won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Actress and the 1965 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. She and her Mary Poppins co-stars also won the 1965 Grammy Award for Best Album for Children. As a measure of "sweet revenge," as Poppins songwriter Richard M. Sherman put it, Andrews closed her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes by saying, "And, finally, my thanks to a man who made a wonderful movie and who made all this possible in the first place, Mr. Jack Warner."[28] Warner passed over Andrews in favor of Audrey Hepburn for the starring role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.[29]

In 1964 she appeared opposite James Garner in The Americanization of Emily (1964), which she has described as her favourite film.[30] In 1966, Andrews won her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was also nominated for the 1965 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

After completing The Sound Of Music, Andrews appeared as a guest star on the NBC-TV variety series The Andy Williams Show, which gained her an Emmy nomination. She followed this television appearance with an Emmy Award-winning color special, The Julie Andrews Show, which featured Gene Kelly and The New Christy Minstrels as guests. It aired on NBC-TV in November 1965.

In 1966 Andrews starred with Max von Sydow in the epic Hawaii, with Paul Newman in the Hitchcock thriller Torn Curtain, and as the title character of the 1920s spoof musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, her last big cinema hit for the next fifteen years.

By the end of 1967, Andrews was the world's most successful film star. She had appeared in the most-watched television special Cinderella; the biggest Broadway musical of its time, My Fair Lady; the largest-selling long-playing album, the original cast recording of My Fair Lady; the biggest hit in Disney's history, Mary Poppins; the highest grossing movie of 1966, Hawaii;[31] the biggest and second biggest hits in Universal's history, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Torn Curtain; and the biggest in 20th Century Fox's history, The Sound of Music.[32]


Julie Andrews' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Andrews next appeared in two of Hollywood's most expensive and infamous flops: Star!, a 1968 biopic of Gertrude Lawrence, and Darling Lili (1970), co-starring Rock Hudson and directed by her soon-to-be second husband, Blake Edwards (they married in 1969). The couple stayed married for 41 years until Edwards' death in 2010.[33] She made only two other films in the 1970s, The Tamarind Seed and 10.

In the 1970s, Edwards and Andrews adopted two daughters; Amy in 1974 and Joanna in 1975.[34][35] Edwards' children from a previous marriage, Jennifer and Geoffrey, were 3 and 5 years older than Emma, Andrews' daughter with Tony Walton.[36]

Andrews continued working in television. In 1969, she shared the spotlight with singer Harry Belafonte for an NBC-TV special, An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte. In 1971 she appeared as a guest for the Grand Opening Special of Walt Disney World, and that same year she and Carol Burnett headlined a CBS special, Julie and Carol At Lincoln Center.

In 1972–1973, Andrews starred in her own television variety series, The Julie Andrews Hour, on the ABC network. The show won seven Emmy Awards, but was cancelled after one season. Between 1973 and 1975, Andrews continued her association with ABC by headlining five variety specials for the network. She guest-starred on The Muppet Show in 1977, and the following year, she appeared again with the Muppets on a CBS television variety special. The program, Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring, aired in March 1978, to mixed reviews and mediocre ratings. In February 1980, Andrews headlined "Because We Care", a CBS-TV special with 30 major stars raising funds for Cambodian Famine victims.

In 1981, she appeared in Blake Edwards' S.O.B. (1981) in which she played Sally Miles, a character who agrees to "show my boobies" in a scene in the film-within-a-film. That was Andrews first on-screen nude scene and got much attention as she poked fun at her own squeaky clean image.

In 1983, Andrews was chosen as the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year by the Harvard University theatrical society.[37] The roles of Victoria Grant and Count Victor Grezhinski in the film Victor Victoria earned Andrews the 1983 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, as well as a nomination for the 1982 Academy Award for Best Actress, her third Oscar nomination.[2][38]

In December 1987, Andrews starred in an ABC Christmas special, Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas, which went on to win five Emmy Awards. Two years later, she was reunited for the third time with Carol Burnett for a variety special which aired on ABC in December 1989.

In 1991, Andrews made her television dramatic debut in the ABC made-for-TV movie, Our Sons, co-starring Ann-Margret. Andrews was named a Disney Legend within the year.

In the summer of 1992 Andrews starred in her first television sitcom, Julie, which aired on ABC and co-starred James Farentino. In December 1992 she hosted the NBC holiday special, Christmas In Washington.

In 1993, she starred in a limited run at the Manhattan Theatre Club in the American premiere of Stephen Sondheim's revue, Putting It Together. Between 1994 and 1995 Andrews recorded two solo albums – the first saluted the music of Richard Rodgers and the second paid tribute to the words of Alan Jay Lerner. In 1995, she starred in the stage musical version of Victor/Victoria. It was her first appearance in a Broadway show in 35 years. Opening on Broadway on 25 October 1995 at the Marquis Theatre, it later went on the road on a world tour. When she was the only Tony Award nominee for the production, she declined the nomination saying that she could not accept because she felt the entire production was snubbed.[39]

Andrews was forced to quit the show towards the end of the 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.[2] In 1999 she filed a malpractice suit against the doctors at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, including Dr. Scott Kessler and Dr. Jeffrey Libin, who had operated on her throat. Originally, the doctors assured Andrews that she should regain her voice within six weeks, but Andrews' stepdaughter Jennifer Edwards said in 1999 "it's been two years, and it [her singing voice] still hasn't returned."[40] The lawsuit was settled in September 2000.[41]

Despite the loss of her singing voice, she kept busy with many projects. In 1998, she appeared in a stage production of Dr. Dolittle in London. As recounted on the Julie Andrews website, she performed the voice of Polynesia the parrot and "recorded some 700 sentences and sounds, which were placed on a computer chip that sat in the mechanical bird's mouth. In the song "Talk To The Animals," Polynesia the parrot even sings."

The next year Andrews was reunited with James Garner for the CBS made-for-TV movie, One Special Night, which aired in November 1999.

In the 2000 New Year's Millennium Honours List, Andrews was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to the performing arts. She also appears at #59 on the 2002 List of "100 Greatest Britons" sponsored by the BBC and chosen by the public.[42]

In 2001, Andrews received Kennedy Center Honors. The same year she reunited with Sound of Music co-star Christopher Plummer in a live television performance of On Golden Pond (an adaptation of the 1979 play).

Career revival

In 2001, Andrews appeared in The Princess Diaries, her first Disney film since 1964's Mary Poppins. She starred as Queen Clarisse Marie Renaldi and reprised the role in a sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). In The Princess Diaries 2, Andrews sang on film for the first time since having throat surgery. The song, "Your Crowning Glory" (a duet with Teen idol Raven-Symoné), was set in a limited range of an octave to accommodate her recovering voice.[43] The film's music supervisor, Dawn Soler, recalled that Andrews, "nailed the song on the first take. I looked around and I saw grips with tears in their eyes."[43]

Andrews continued her association with Disney when she appeared as the nanny in two 2003 made-for-television movies based on the Eloise books, a series of children's books by Kay Thompson about a child who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Eloise at the Plaza premiered in April 2003, and Eloise at Christmastime was broadcast in November 2003. The same year she made her debut as a theatre director, directing a revival of The Boy Friend, the musical in which she made her 1954 Broadway debut, at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. Her production, which featured costume and scenic design by her former husband Tony Walton, was remounted at the Goodspeed Opera House in 2005 and went on a national tour in 2006.

From 2005 to 2006 Andrews served as the Official Ambassador for Disneyland's 18-month-long, 50th anniversary celebration, the "Happiest Homecoming on Earth", travelling to promote the celebration, and recording narration and appearing at several events at the park.

In 2004 Andrews performed the voice of Queen Lillian in the animated blockbuster Shrek 2 (2004), reprising the role for its sequels, Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010). Later, in 2007, she narrated Enchanted, a live-action Disney musical comedy that both poked fun and paid homage to classic Disney films such as Mary Poppins.

In January 2007 Andrews was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild's awards and stated that her goals included continuing to direct for the stage and possibly to produce her own Broadway musical.[38] She published Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, which she characterised as "part one" of her autobiography, on 1 April 2008.[44] Home chronicles her early years in Britain's music hall circuit and ends in 1962 with her winning the role of Mary Poppins. For a Walt Disney video release she again portrayed Mary Poppins and narrated the story of The Cat That Looked at a King in 2004.

In July through early August 2008, Andrews hosted Julie Andrews' The Gift of Music, a short tour of the United States[45] where she sang various Rodgers and Hammerstein songs and symphonised her recently published book, Simeon's Gift. These were her first public singing performances in a dozen years, due to her failed vocal cord surgery.[46]

On 8 May 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. Receiving the award she remarked, "Go Bruins. Beat SC ... strike up the band to celebrate every one of those victories."


In January 2010, for the second consecutive time,[47] Andrews was the official USA presenter of the New Year's Day Vienna concert.[48] Andrews also had a supporting role in the film Tooth Fairy, which opened to unfavourable reviews[49] although the box office receipts were successful.[50] On her promotion tour for the film, she also spoke of Operation USA and the aid campaign to the Haiti disaster.[51]

On 8 May 2010, Andrews made her London comeback after a 21-year absence (her last performance there was a Christmas concert at the Royal Festival Hall in 1989). She performed at the O2 Arena, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and an ensemble of five performers.[52] Previous to it she appeared on British television (on 15 December 2009 and on many other occasions), and said that rumours that she would be singing were not true. Instead, she said she would be doing a form of "speak singing".[53] However in the concert she actually sang two solos and several duets and ensemble pieces. The evening, though well received by the 20,000 fans present, who gave her standing ovation after standing ovation,[54] did not convince the critics.[55]

On 18 May 2010, Andrews' 23rd book (this one also written with her daughter Emma) was published. In June 2010 the book, entitled The Very Fairy Princess, reached number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children's Books.[56]

On 21 May 2010, her film Shrek Forever After was released; in it Andrews reprises her role as the Queen.[57]

On 9 July 2010, Despicable Me, an animated movie in which Andrews lent her voice to Marlena, the evil mother of the main character Gru, voiced by Steve Carell), opened to rave reviews[58] and strong box office.[59]

On 28 October 2010, Andrews appeared, along with the actors who portrayed the cinematic Von Trapp family members, on Oprah to commemorate the film's 45th anniversary.[60][61] A few days later, her 24th book, Little Bo in Italy, was published.[62]

On 15 December 2010, Andrews' husband Blake Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Andrews was by her husband's side when he died.[63][64]

In February 2011, Andrews received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and, with her daughter Emma, a Grammy for best spoken word album for children (for A Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies), at the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony.[65][66]



Year Title Role Notes
1949 La Rosa di Bagdad Princess Zeila dubbed voice for the 1952 English-language version
1964 Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Academy Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1965 Americanization of Emily, TheThe Americanization of Emily Emily Barham
1965 Salzburg Sight and Sound Herself short subject
1965 Sound of Music, TheThe Sound of Music Maria von Trapp Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
1966 Torn Curtain Dr. Sarah Louise Sherman
1966 Hawaii Jerusha Bromley
1967 Think Twentieth Herself short subject
1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie Millie Dillmount Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1968 Star! Gertrude Lawrence Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1970 Darling Lili Lili Smith (Schmidt) Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1971 Moviemakers, TheThe Moviemakers Herself (uncredited) short subject
1972 Julie Herself documentary
1974 Tamarind Seed, TheThe Tamarind Seed Judith Farrow
1979 10 Samantha Taylor Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1980 Little Miss Marker Amanda Worthington
1981 S.O.B. Sally Miles
1982 Victor Victoria Victor/Victoria Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
1982 Trail of the Pink Panther Charwoman (uncredited)
1983 Man Who Loved Women, TheThe Man Who Loved Women Marianna
1986 That's Life! Gillian Fairchild Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1986 Duet for One Stephanie Anderson Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1991 Fine Romance, AA Fine Romance Mrs. Pamela Piquet Cin cin – USA title
2000 Relative Values Felicity Marshwood
2001 Princess Diaries, TheThe Princess Diaries Queen Clarisse Renaldi
2002 Unconditional Love Herself (uncredited) performer: Getting to Know You
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Nanny
2003 Eloise at Christmastime Nanny
2004 Shrek 2 Queen Lillian voice
2004 Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, TheThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Queen Clarisse Renaldi
2007 Shrek the Third Queen Lillian voice
2007 Enchanted Narrator voice
2010 Tooth Fairy Lily
2010 Shrek Forever After Queen Lillian voice
2010 Despicable Me Gru's Mom (Marlena) voice


Year Title Role Notes
1956 Ford Star Jubilee Lise High Tor
1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Cinderella Original live broadcast, 31 March
1959 Hans Christian Andersen's The Gentle Flame Trissa BBC broadcast 25 December
1962 Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall Herself
1965 Julie Andrews Show, TheThe Julie Andrews Show Host
1969 World in Music, AA World in Music Herself "An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte"
1971 Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center Herself
1972–73 Julie Andrews Hour, TheThe Julie Andrews Hour Host
1973 Julie on Sesame Street Herself
1974 Julie and Dick at Covent Garden Herself
1974 Julie and Jackie: How Sweet It Is Herself
1975 Julie: My Favorite Things Herself
1978 Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring Herself – host
1987 Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas Herself
1989 Julie & Carol: Together Again Herself
1990 Julie Andrews in Concert Herself
1991 Our Sons Audrey Grant aka Too Little, Too Late
1992 Julie Julie Carlisle Series cancelled after 3 months
1993 Sound of Orchestra
1999 One Special Night Catherine
2001 On Golden Pond Ethel Thayer
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Nanny
2003 Eloise at Christmastime Nanny
2009 Great Performances: "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009" Herself Narrator / Host, succeeding Walter Cronkite
2010 Todos contra Juan Herself Argentinian TV sitcom


Year Title Role Notes
1954 Boy Friend, TheThe Boy Friend Polly Brown
1956 My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle Nominated — Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
1961 Camelot Queen Guinevere Nominated — Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
1993 Putting It Together Amy
1995 Victor/Victoria Victor/Victoria Nominated — Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (nomination declined)


Year Award Category Result For
1955 Theatre World Award Outstanding Broadway Debut Won Boy Friend, TheThe Boy Friend
1957 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated My Fair Lady
Emmy Award Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Support Nominated Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (CBS)
1961 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated Camelot
1964 Academy Award Best Actress Won Mary Poppins
Golden Globe Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Won Mary Poppins
BAFTA Most Promising Newcomer Won Mary Poppins
Laurel Awards Musical Performance, Female Won Mary Poppins
Grammy Awards Best Recording For Children Won Mary Poppins (Album)
1965 Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment (Actors and Performers) Nominated Andy Williams Show, TheThe Andy Williams Show
Academy Award Best Actress Nominated Sound of Music, TheThe Sound of Music
Golden Globe Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Won Sound of Music, TheThe Sound of Music
BAFTA Best British Actress Nominated Sound of Music, TheThe Sound of Music
Laurel Awards Musical Performance, Female Won Sound of Music, TheThe Sound of Music
1966 BAFTA Best British Actress Nominated Americanization of Emily, TheThe Americanization of Emily
1967 Golden Globe Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Nominated Thoroughly Modern Millie
Golden Globe Henrietta Award – World Film Favorite – Female Won
Laurel Awards Female Comedy Performance Won Thoroughly Modern Millie
Laurel Awards Female Star Won
1968 Golden Globe Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Nominated Star!
Golden Globe Henrietta Award – World Film Favorite – Female Won
1970 Golden Globe Best Actress – Musical or comedy Nominated Darling Lili
1972 Emmy Award Outstanding Single Program – Variety or Musical – Variety and Popular Music Nominated Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center
1973 Golden Globes Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy Nominated Julie Andrews Hour, TheThe Julie Andrews Hour
Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Musical Series Won Julie Andrews Hour, TheThe Julie Andrews Hour
1979 Golden Globe Best actress – Musical or Comedy Nominated 10
1981 Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming - Performers Nominated Julie Andrews' Invitation to the Dance with Rudolph Nureyev (The CBS Festival of Lively Arts For Young People)
1982 Academy Award Best Actress Nominated Victor Victoria
Golden Globe Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Won Victor Victoria
1983 Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year Won
People's Choice Award Film Acting Won
1986 Golden Globe Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Nominated That's Life!
Golden Globe Best Actress – Drama Nominated Duet for One
1991 Disney Legend In Film Won
1993 Women in Film Crystal Award Recipient[68]
1995 Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Nominated Sound of Julie Andrews, TheThe Sound of Julie Andrews
1996 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated Victor/Victoria
Grammy Award Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance Nominated "Broadway: The Music Of Richard Rodgers"
2001 Kennedy Center Honors Kennedy Center Honoree Won
Society of Singers Society of Singers Life Achievement Won Lifetime Achievement
Donostia Award San Sebastian International Film Festival Won Lifetime Achievement
2004 Emmy Awards Supporting Actress, Miniseries or a Movie Nominated Eloise at Christmastime
Golden Plate Award Academy of Achievement Won
2005 Emmy Awards Outstanding Nonfiction Series Won Broadway: The American Musical
2006 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award Won Lifetime Achievement
2009 UCLA George and Ira Gershwin Award Lifetime Musical Achievement Won Lifetime Musical Achievement
2011 Prince Rainier Award Outstanding contribution to motion picture, television and theater arts [69] Recipient
Grammy Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Won Lifetime Achievement
Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album For Children Won Julie Andrews' Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies


Andrews has published books under her name as well as the pen names Julie Andrews Edwards and Julie Edwards.


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