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Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage, screen, and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964’s “Mary Poppins.” Andrews’ iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe® and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar® nomination and won another Golden Globe® Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” She received her third Academy Award® nomination and won another Golden Globe® Award for her “dual” role in “Victor/Victoria.”
Today’s young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews as a queen trying to train her teenage granddaughter to be a princess in the hit films, “The Princess Diaries,” and its sequel, “The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.” Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the blockbuster hits “Shrek 2,” and “Shrek the Third.” More recently, she voiced the narration of the hugely successful Disney release of “Enchanted.” In 2010, Ms. Andrews continued her multi-generational appeal with the release of three films – “The Tooth Fairy,” “Shrek Goes Fourth,” and “Despicable Me.”
Her earlier motion picture credits also include “The Americanization of Emily,” “Hawaii,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Star!,” “Darling Lili,” and “10,” to name only a few.
Julie was born and raised in England, where she first came to fame as a young musical performer on stage and on radio. She was still in her teens when she made her way across the Atlantic and to Broadway, in her 1953 debut in the musical “The Boy Friend.” She went on to create the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musical “My Fair Lady,” which became an instant classic and the longest-running musical of its day. Andrews also won a New York Drama Critics Award and garnered a Tony® Award nomination for her performance. She received another Tony® Award nomination in 1961 when she originated the role of Queen Guinevere in the Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot.” Thirty-five years later, Ms. Andrews returned to Broadway to star in the 1995 stage adaptation of “Victor/Victoria.” Julie’s career came full circle in 2005 when she directed a revival of “The Boy Friend” which toured throughout North America.
Julie has also been honored for her work on television, beginning in 1957 with her Emmy®-nominated performance in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella.” She later won an Emmy® Award for her own musical variety series, “The Julie Andrews Hour,” and also earned Emmy® nominations for “Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center” (with her “chum” Carol Burnett) and her performance in the special “Sounds of Christmas.” Andrews’ more recent television movies include “One Special Night” with her friend James Garner, “Eloise at the Plaza,” “Eloise at Christmastime” and re-united with Christopher Plummer in the CBS live production of “On Golden Pond.”
Ms. Andrews, already an accomplished best selling author (Mandy, , The Last of The Really Great Whangdoodles, , has joined talents with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to pursue the publishing of books committed to stimulating a sense of wonder in children and young readers. The Julie Andrews Collection was launched in October 2003 and has released over 25 books to date, including the Little Bo series, the Dumpy The Dump Truck franchise, The Great American Mousical, Thanks to You and Simeon’s Gift (the musical adaptation of which toured parts of the U.S. in 2008 and went out on world tour in 2010/11). Home – A Memoir of My Early Years, Ms. Andrews’ autobiography was released in April 2008 to rave reviews and immediately climbed to #1 on the New York Times best-seller list as well as several other prestigious lists in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Very Fairy Princess ascended to #1 after its May release on the New York Times best-seller list and has enjoyed Top 10 status to date. The latest of the Little Bo series, (Little Bo in London) hit the shelves in November 2012.
In addition to her stage and screen work, Julie has dedicated her life to her family and to serving important causes, including Operation USA, an international relief organization with which Julie has traveled to such places as Vietnam and Cambodia. From 1992 to 2006 she was honored as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which provides financial and technical support for low-income women in developing countries.
Julie is a passionate advocate of the arts and literacy and hopes that her body of work as an actor, singer, and author, in tandem with her activism, makes a difference in the lives of others… particularly our children.
Ms. Andrews received her honors as a Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on New Year’s Eve 1999. She was also a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree. For more about Ms. Andrews and her collection, please go to www.julieandrewscollection.com.