Thursday Thirteen #26
Dame Julie Andrews recently came out with an autobiography entitled Home: A Memoir of My Early Years. I got on the hold list for the book as soon as I heard about it, and now that I have my copy I’ve been enjoying it a great deal. She’s had quite a life! Obviously, I had to do a Thursday Thirteen about her.
13 Facts About Julie Andrews:
1. Julie was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, England.
2. Julie was born “Julia Elizabeth Wells” and became “Julie Andrews” after her mother married her second husband.
3. Julie Began her first official voice lessons, that is by someone other than her step-father, at the age of nine and a half.
4. At age twelve, Julie was in her first professional show called Starlight Roof. She sang the “Polonaise” from “Mignon” in twelve shows a week for a year.
5. The same year that Julie appeared in Starlight Roof she was also given a screen test. She was not signed by the studio and she was deemed “unfilmable.”
6. In 1954, Ms. Andrews first came to the US to be in a production of “The Boy Friend” on Broadway.
7. Julie and her second husband Blake Edwards have been married since 12 November 1969. They have two adopted children from Vietnam together.
8. Julie has one daughter with her first husband Tony Walton. Emma Walton and her mother write books together. I personally loved “Mandy.”
9. I grew up listening to my parents’ record of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. At length, I saw the Lesley Ann Warren version, which was good, but something didn’t sound right to me. A couple of years ago, I ran across a DVD of Julie Andrews’ version of the musical and immediately bought it. I went home and watched it. Ah, bliss. It was just as I thought it should sound.
10. Julie has a rose named after her. You can see it here.
11. Julie played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway, but was passed over for the part in the film version. She played Mary Poppins instead and received the Academy Award for Best Actress.
12. In early 1998, Julie lost her singing voice after having surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth on her vocal cords. She had been told that this was a routine surgery and that it would not affect her voice.
13. In 2000, Ms. Andrews was made Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. Thanks for all of the hard work, Dame Julie!