October 1, 2009

Happy Birthday JULIE ANDREWS!!

Happy Birthday Julie happy birthday happy birthdayyyyyyy! Damnit, why can't you hear me? I wonder why...

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and my other Julie Andrews Post

check out this site that details her life and has interviews
One of the most beloved performers in the world, Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut at age 18 in The Boy Friend. Historic successes followed in the original productions of My Fair Lady and Camelot. She won the Oscar for Best Actress in her first film, playing the title role in Mary Poppins. Perhaps the greatest triumph of her career came with the leading role in The Sound of Music, one of the most popular motion pictures of all time. Her crystalline singing voice, wholesome appeal, natural elegance and sly humor made her a top box office draw around the world.

The American film studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which had recently opened a London branch, made a screen test of the young singer, perhaps seeing her as a successor to the child singing stars of the pre-war era. The studio failed to offer her a contract, dismissing her as "unphotographable." Nevertheless, she soon appeared on one of Britain's first television variety programs.

Interviewer:You mentioned that the schools had shut down during the war. Does that mean there was really no school to go to?

Julie Andrews: Yes. There was a lot of evacuation going on at that time. All the children were being evacuated into the country. I was, too, for a while. The air raids towards the end of the war particularly were coming so fast and furiously -- with the doodlebugs (buzz bombs) as we called them -- that no housewife could get anything done and everything just ground to a halt for a while.


"I hate the word wholesome."

"I have been called a nun with a switchblade where my privacy is concerned. I think there's a point where one says, that's for family, that's for me"

"I've got a good right hook."

"I am a liberated woman. And I do believe if a woman does equal work she should be paid equal money. But personally I am feminine and I do like male authority to lean on."

She was 14 when her mother asked her to sing at a party at an upper-middle-class house. After it was over, the owner of the house approached her. Andrews had recognized him from a few earlier visits he had made to their home. He seemed intently interested in Andrews, "asking questions almost piercingly." Afterward, her mother revealed that the man was Andrews' biological father, that she'd an affair with him when she was married to Wells. Years later, Andrews' aunt told her that Wells was so in love with her mother, it didn't matter that she wasn't his legitimate child. "I believe he loved me dearly. And because I did not know then that he knew, I didn't have the heart to ask him about it before he died."

with daughter Emma Walton

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