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ANDREWS, Julie 1935-

(Julie Edwards, Julie Andrews Edwards)

PERSONAL: Original name, Julia Elizabeth Wells; born October 1, 1935, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England; daughter of Edward C. Wells (a teacher) and Barbara (a pianist; maiden name, Ward) Wells Andrews; stepdaughter of Edward "Ted" Andrews (a music hall singer); married Tony Walton (a costume and production designer), May 10, 1959 (divorced May 7, 1968); married Blake Edwards (a film producer, director, and screenwriter), November 12, 1969; children: (first marriage) Emma Kate Walton Hamilton; (second marriage) Amy Leigh Edwards, Joanna Lynne Edwards; (stepchildren) Jennifer Edwards, Geoffrey Edwards. Education: Educated privately by tutors; studied voice with Madame Stiles-Allen.

ADDRESSES: Agent—William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

CAREER: Actress, singer, and author. Actress in stage productions, including Wynkin, Blynken, and Nod, c. 1938; (as singer) Starlight Roof (revue), Hippodrome Theatre, London, England, 1947; (as title role) Humpty Dumpty (pantomime), Casino Theatre, London, 1948; (as title role) Red Riding Hood (pantomime), Nottingham Theatre Royal, Nottingham, England, 1950; (as Princess Balroulbadour) Aladdin, Casino Theatre, 1951; Jack and the Beanstalk (pantomime), Coventry Hippodrome, Coventry, England, 1952; (as title role) Cinderella (pantomime), Palladium Theatre, London, 1953; (as member of the ensemble) Caps and Belles (revue), Empire Theatre, Nottingham, 1953; (as Becky Dunbar) Mountain of Fire, Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, England, 1954; (as Polly Browne) The Boy Friend, Royale Theatre, New York, NY, 1954; (as Eliza Doolittle) My Fair Lady, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, then Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York, 1956, Drury Lane Theatre, London, 1958-1959; (as Guinevere) Camelot, Majestic Theatre, New York, 1960-1961; Putting It Together (revue), Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, 1993; (as Victoria Grant) Victor/Victoria, Marquis Theatre, New York, 1995-1997; (as host) Hey, Mr. Producer, Lyceum Theatre, London, 1998; (as host) My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, Theatre at Carnegie Hall, New York, 1998; (as host) My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, City Center Theatre, New York, 2000; also appeared in a Royal Command Performance, Palladium Theatre, 1948. Actress in films, including (as voice of Princess Zeila) The Singing Princess (animated; also known as The Rose of Bagdad), Trans-National, 1952 (English-language version of La rosa di Bagdad, Ima, 1949); (as title role) Mary Poppins, Buena Vista, 1964; (as Emily Barham) The Americanization of Emily (also known as Emily), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964; (as herself) Action on the Beach, 1964; (as Maria) The Sound of Music (also known as Sing-a-long Sound of Music), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965; (as Jerusha Bromley Hale) Hawaii, United Artists, 1966; (as Dr. Sarah Louise Sherman) Torn Curtain, Universal, 1966; (as Millie Dillmount) Thoroughly Modern Millie, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967; (as Gertrude Lawrence) Star! (also known as Loves of a Star and Those Were the Happy Times), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968; (as Lili Smith) Darling Lili, Paramount, 1970; (as herself) The Moviemakers, 1971; (as Judith Farrow) The Tamarind Seed, Avco-Embassy, 1974; (as Samantha "Sam" Taylor) 10, Warner Bros., 1979; (as Amanda) Little Miss Marker, Universal, 1980; (as Sally Miles) S.O.B., Paramount, 1981; (as Victoria Grant/Count Victor Grezhinski [title roles]) Victor/Victoria, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982; (as Marianna) The Man Who Loved Women, Columbia, 1983; (as Stephanie Anderson) Duet for One, Cannon, 1986; (as Gillian Fairchild) That's Life! (also known as Blake Edwards' That's Life!), Columbia, 1986; (as Pamela Picquet) A Fine Romance (also known as A Touch of Adultery and Cin Cin), Castle Hill, 1992; (as song performer) "The Lonely Goatherd" and "The Sound of Music," Welcome to Woop Woop, Goldwyn Films/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997; (as Queen Clarisse Renaldi) The Princess Diaries (also known as The Princess of Tribeca), Buena Vista/Walt Disney Pictures, 2001; (as voice of Queen Lillian) Shrek 2, DreamWorks, 2004; and (as Queen Clarisse Renaldi)The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Buena Vista/Walt Disney Pictures, 2004; also appeared in After the Laughter and The Laundromat. Appeared in videos, including Mary Poppins, The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue, 1985; Mary Poppins, Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Heigh-Ho, 1992; Mary Poppins, Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, 1993; Mary Poppins, Disney Sing-Along-Songs: You Can Fly, 1993; Mary Poppins, Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Be Our Guest, 1994; and A New Princess (also known as Making of 'The Princess Diaries'), 2001. Appeared in television series, including (as host) The Julie Andrews Show, National Broadcasting Company (NBC), 1965; (as host) The Julie Andrews Hour, American Broadcasting Companies (ABC), 1972-1973; and (as Julie Carlyle-McGuire) Julie, ABC, 1992. Actress in television movies, including (as Audrey Grant) Our Sons (also known as Too Little, Too Late), ABC, 1991; (as Catherine) One Special Night, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), 1999; (as Felicity) Relative Values, Starz!, 2000; (as Ethel Thayer) On Golden Pond, CBS, 2001; (as Nanny) Eloise at the Plaza, 2003; and (as Nanny) Eloise at Christmastime, 2003. Appeared in television specials, including (as Lise) "High Tor," Ford Star Jubilee, CBS, 1956; (as title role) Cinderella, CBS, 1957; The Jack Benny Hour, CBS, 1959; The Fabulous Fifties, CBS, 1960; Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, CBS, 1962; (as host) The Julie Andrews Special, ABC, 1968; (as host) An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte, NBC, 1969; A World of Love, CBS, 1970; Disney World—A Gala Opening: Disneyland East (also known as The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World), NBC, 1971; Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center, CBS, 1971; (as host) Julie! (documentary), ABC, 1972; (as host) Julie on Sesame Street, ABC, 1973; Walt Disney: A Golden Anniversary Salute, 1973; (as host) Julie and Dick in Covent Garden, ABC, 1974; Julie and Jackie: How Sweet It Is, 1974; (as host) Julie—My Favorite Things, ABC, 1975; (as host) Puzzle Children, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1976; (as song performer) "Peter Pan," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1976; Julie and Perry and the Muppets, 1976; America Salutes the Queen, NBC, 1977; (as host) Julie Andrews: One Step into Spring, CBS, 1978; ABC's Silver Anniversary Special, 1978; (as host) Merry Christmas . . . With Love, Julie, syndicated, 1979; "Julie Andrews' Invitation to the Dance with Rudolf Nureyev," The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People, CBS, 1980; Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Pink Panther Thanksgiving Gala, NBC, 1982; Disneyland's Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1985; (as host) Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas, ABC, 1987; Mancini and Friends, 1987; (as host) The Sixteenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Jack Lemmon, CBS, 1988; Lerner and Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics, 1988; An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner, 1989; "Julie and Carol: Together Again," AT&T Presents, ABC, 1989; "Julie Andrews in Concert" (also known as "An Evening with Julie Andrews"), Great Performances, PBS, 1990; Carnegie Hall at One Hundred: A Place of Dreams (documentary), PBS, 1991; (as host) Christmas in Washington, NBC, 1992; The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream (documentary), PBS, 1993; The Sound of Julie Andrews, The Disney Channel, 1994; The Making of My Fair Lady: More Loverly than Ever, The Disney Channel, 1995; "Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II," Great Performances, PBS, 1995; Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies, Arts and Entertainment (A&E), 1996; (as host) The American Film Institute Salute to Robert Wise, NBC, 1998; (as host) Hey, Mr. Producer (also known as Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh), PBS, 1998; (as host) "My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies," Great Performances, PBS, 1999; (in archive footage) A&E Biography: The Von Trapp Family—Harmony and Discord, A&E, 2000; (as host) "My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs," Great Performances, PBS, 2001; (in archive footage) Walt: The Man behind the Myth, 2001; (as herself) I Love Muppets, 2002; (as herself) Unconditional Love, 2002; (as herself) Liza Minnelli: The E! True Hollywood Story, E!, 2002; (in archive footage) The One Hundred Greatest Musicals, 2002; and Broadway's Lost Treasures, PBS, 2003. Appeared at televised awards presentations, including The Thirty-eighth Annual Tony Awards, 1984; The Second Annual American Comedy Awards, 1988; (as host) The Forty-fifth Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991; The Seventeenth Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1991; The Fifty-third Annual Tony Awards, 1999; The Seventy-third Annual Academy Awards, 2001; The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS, 2001; and (as presenter) The Seventy-fifth Annual Academy Awards, 2003. Guest star in episodes of television series, including "Crescendo," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1957; (as herself) The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1964; (as herself) The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1977; Entertainment Tonight, syndicated, 1989; Reflections on the Silver Screen with Professor Richard Brown, American Movie Classics, 1990; (as herself) Clive Anderson Talks Back, 1994; (as herself) "Caroline and Victor/Victoria," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1996; also appeared in numerous episodes of talk shows. Appeared in the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) radio series Educating Archie, 1950. Featured on recordings, including My Fair Lady (original Broadway cast recording), Columbia Special Projects, 1956; Camelot (original cast recording), Columbia, 1960; My Fair Lady (original London cast recording), Columbia, 1960; Mary Poppins (original soundtrack recording), Buena Vista, 1964; The Sound of Music (original soundtrack recording), RCA, 1965; Thoroughly Modern Millie (original soundtrack recording), 1967; Star! (original soundtrack recording), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968; Victor/Victoria (original soundtrack recording), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1982; Love, Julie, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1987; The King and I (studio cast recording), Philips, 1992; Putting It Together (original cast album), RCA, 1993; Broadway—The Music of Richard Rodgers, Philips, 1994; The Best of Julie Andrews: Thoroughly Modern Julie, Rhino, 1995; Victor/Victoria (original Broadway cast album), Philips, 1995; Here I'll Stay: The Words of Alan Jay Lerner, Philips, 1996; also recorded Christmas with Julie Andrews, Columbia, Broadway's Fair Julie, Lion's Cage, and Tell It Again; with Carol Burnett, recorded Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett at Carnegie Hall.

MEMBER: Actor's Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

AWARDS, HONORS: Theatre World Award, 1955, for The Boy Friend; Tony Award nomination for best actress in a musical, New York Drama Critics Circle, 1957, for My Fair Lady, 1961, for Camelot, and 1996, for Victor/Victoria (refused); British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for most promising newcomer to leading film roles, 1965, for Mary Poppins; Woman of the Year award, Los Angeles Times, 1965; Oscar Award for best actress in a leading role, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1965, for Mary Poppins, and nominations, 1966, for The Sound of Music, and 1983, for Victor/Victoria; Golden Globe Award for best motion picture actress in a musical or comedy, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 1965, for Mary Poppins, 1966, for The Sound of Music, and 1983, for Victor/Victoria; Golden Laurel for musical performance (female), Motion Picture Exhibitor magazine, 1965, for Mary Poppins, and 1966, for The Sound of Music; Golden Laurel for comedy performance (female), 1967, for Thoroughly Modern Millie; Golden Globe Award for world film favorite (female), 1967, 1968; Star of the Year award, Theatre Owners of America, 1967; honorary D.F.A., University of Maryland, 1970; Emmy Award for outstanding variety musical series, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Silver Rose Montreaux award, both 1973, for The Julie Andrews Hour; David di Donatello Award for best foreign actress, 1983, for Victor/Victoria; Woman of the Year award, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, 1983; Crystal Award, Women in Film, 1993; Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2001; Honor Award, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2001.



(As Julie Edwards) Mandy, illustrated by Judith Gwyn Brown, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1971, HarperTrophy (New York, NY), 2001.

(As Julie Edwards) The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1974.

(As Julie Andrews Edwards) Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea, illustrated by Henry Cole, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1999.

(As Julie Andrews Edwards) Little Bo in France: The Further Adventures of Bonnie Boadicea, illustrated by Henry Cole, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2002.


Dumpy the Dumptruck, illustrated by Tony Walton, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2000.

Dumpy at School, illustrated by Tony Walton, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2000.

Dumpy and His Pals, illustrated by Tony Walton, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001.

Dumpy's Friends on the Farm, illustrated by Tony Walton, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001.

Dumpy Saves Christmas, illustrated by Tony Walton, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001.

Dumpy and the Big Storm, illustrated by Tony Walton, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2002.

Dumpy and the Firefighters, illustrated by Tony Walton, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2003.

Dumpy to the Rescue!, illustrated by Tony Walton and Cassandra Boyd, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.

Dumpy's Happy Holiday, illustrated by Tony Walton and Cassandra Boyd, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.

Dumpy's Apple Shop, illustrated by Tony Walton and Cassandra Boyd, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.


Simeon's Gift, illustrated by Gennady Spirin, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2003.

Dragon: Hound of Honor, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Two more books in the "Little Bo" series; an autobiography for Hyperion (New York, NY).

SIDELIGHTS: Although she is best known as a singer and actress, star of such musical films as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, in recent years Julie Andrews has become a prolific children's book writer under the name Julie Andrews Edwards. Andrews began her career in show business as a child, performing in her mother and stepfather's vaudeville shows. She soon graduated to performing on her own in pantomimes, performances of fairy tales and other classic stories for children that were popular in Britain at that time. Her tremendous, four-octave vocal range was recognized early, and by the time she was a teenager Andrews was much sought-after as a stage entertainer. At the age of eighteen, she signed on to perform in her first Broadway musical, The Boy Friend, which opened September 30, 1954, one day before her nineteenth birthday.

Andrews made several other successful turns on stage in the following years. She played the lead role of Eliza in My Fair Lady for over three years, first on Broadway and then in London, and then starred as Guinevere in Camelot. After being passed over for the role of Eliza in the film version of My Fair Lady (the role went to Audrey Hepburn), Andrews starred in another film, as the cheerful, magical governess Mary Poppins. She won a best actress Oscar and Golden Globe for the film. The next year, Andrews starred in another award-winning film, The Sound of Music, which garnered her a second Golden Globe and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Throughout the 1960s, Andrews appeared in one more highly-acclaimed film, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and several less-successful works. In 1969, she married her second husband, director Blake Edwards. With children from her and her new husband's prior marriages, as well as two girls adopted from Vietnam in 1975, Andrews began to spend more time at home with them and less time singing and acting. During this period, Andrews wrote her first two children's books, Mandy and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, under the name Julie Edwards. She wrote the first story after losing a bet with her stepdaughter, who demanded that Andrews write her a story in payment. The latter book was inspired by a trip to the dictionary. "I was looking up a word, and suddenly I saw 'Whangdoodle,'" Andrews once commented. "I thought to myself, that's a sensational word, and the title of my book occurred to me immediately. Once I started writing, I enjoyed myself so much I couldn't wait to get back to Whangdoodleland every day. My own children became as involved as I was, and naturally there is a lot of them in Lindy, Tom, and Ben."

Andrews also received much acclaim for her work in Victor/Victoria, a film directed by Edwards, about an opera singer who pretends to be a male transvestite when she is having trouble landing roles as a woman. In the late 1990s, Andrews played Victor/Victoria on Broadway, a role which earned her a third Tony Award nomination. (Andrews refused the nomination to protest the fact that no one else involved with the musical was nominated.) Andrews' return to Broadway came to an abrupt end in 1997, when surgery to remove a benign polyp from her vocal cords went wrong. Although her voice has been much diminished, Andrews has continued to act in films in roles that do not require her to sing or otherwise strain her voice, including a popular performance as Queen Clarisse Renaldi in the 2001 The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

In the late 1990s Andrews returned to the world of children's literature, writing the first two books in a series about Bonnie Boadicea, a kitten nicknamed "Little Bo." Bo's father names her, the smallest of the litter, after an ancient British warrior queen who fought the Roman invasion two thousand years ago. Although Bo and her littermates are due to be drowned, they escape, and Bo finds a home on a ship with a sailor named Billy. In Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea and its sequel, Little Bo in France: The Further Adventures of Bonnie Boadicea, Bo and Billy share a series of adventures. "The atmosphere is agreeable throughout," Michael Cart wrote of Little Bo in Booklist, and a Publishers Weekly reviewer concluded about the same work that "children will come away with the moral that, like Bo, their size may be small, but they can accomplish big things."

Andrews has also partnered with her daughter from her first marriage, Emma Walton Hamilton, in several other works. Together the two have penned a series of books about Dumpy, a child-like, anthropomorphic dump truck. In the first book in the series, Dumpy the Dumptruck, a young boy named Charlie convinces his grandfather not to junk a run-down old truck. Instead, the two fix him up and return him to service. In the second volume, Dumpy at School, Charlie and the truck bond over their anxiety about their first day at school, Charlie as a student, Dumpy as a member of the crew building the new playground. School Library Journal critic Martha Link thought that the books' stories were "slight," but praised their "colorful onomatopoeia" in a review of Dumpy the Dump Truck and Dumpy at School. To a Publishers Weekly contributor, one notable feature of Dumpy the Dump Truck was its "retro look and feel, [which] harks back to times when townspeople knew one another's names and things were not so disposable." The books are illustrated by Tony Walton, Andrews' first husband, an acclaimed Broadway set designer.

In 2003, HarperCollins announced the formation of its first ever celebrity imprint, "The Julie Andrews Collection." All of the books published under the imprint will be personally approved by Andrews, and some, including its first title, will be written by her. Coauthored by Hamilton, Simeon's Gift, the first book published by the imprint, is about a poor young musician during the Renaissance. In love with a noblewoman named Sorrel, Simeon sets out to compose the perfect song for her. In search of inspiration, he goes traveling, and as he wanders, he hears music in the noises around him: the marching of soldiers, the chanting of monks, the sounds of the city and the country. Overwhelmed by all of the new things he hears, Simeon wants nothing more than to go home. He sells his lute to buy a boat and turns toward Sorrel, rescuing a fish, bird, and fawn along the way. Inspired by his interactions with these creatures, he fashions himself a flute out of a reed and plays Sorrel a beautiful song that he has composed, winning her heart.



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School Library Journal, December, 1999, Lee Bock, review of Little Bo, p. 94; April, 2001, Martha Link, review of Dumpy the Dump Truck and Dumpy at School, p. 106; October, 2002, Linda M. Kenton, review of Little Bo in France, p. 103; November, 2003, Rosalyn Pierini, review of Simeon's Gift, p. 91.

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