Julie Andrews

Andrews in 2013 Dame Julie Andrews (born Julia Elizabeth Wells; 1 October 1935) is an English actress, singer, and author. She has garnered numerous accolades throughout her career spanning over eight decades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards as well as nominations for three Tony Awards. One of the biggest box office draws of the 1960s, Andrews has been honoured with the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2007, and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2022. She was made a Dame (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.

A child actress and singer, Andrews appeared in the West End in 1948 and made her Broadway debut in ''The Boy Friend'' (1954). Billed as "Britain's youngest prima donna", she rose to prominence in Broadway musicals starring as Eliza Doolittle in ''My Fair Lady'' (1956) and Queen Guinevere in ''Camelot'' (1960). She also starred in the Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical ''Cinderella'' (1957). Andrews made her feature film debut as the title character in Walt Disney's ''Mary Poppins'' (1964) and won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The following year, she starred in the musical film ''The Sound of Music'' (1965), playing Maria von Trapp and winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Andrews starred in various films working with directors including her husband Blake Edwards, George Roy Hill, and Alfred Hitchcock. Films she starred in include ''The Americanization of Emily'' (1964), ''Hawaii'' (1966), ''Torn Curtain'' (1966), ''Thoroughly Modern Millie'' (1967), ''Star!'' (1968), ''The Tamarind Seed'' (1974), ''10'' (1979), ''S.O.B.'' (1981), ''Victor/Victoria'' (1982), ''That's Life!'' (1986), and ''Duet for One'' (1986). She later returned to films, acting in ''The Princess Diaries'' (2001), ''The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement'' (2004), as well as ''Eloise at the Plaza'' and ''Eloise at Christmastime'' (both 2003). She also lent her voice to the ''Shrek'' franchise (2001–2010) as Queen Lillian and the ''Despicable Me'' franchise (2010–present) as Felonious Gru's mother Marlena.

Andrews is also known for her collaborations with Carol Burnett, including the specials ''Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall'' (1962), ''Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center'' (1971) and ''Julie and Carol: Together Again'' (1989). She starred in her own variety special ''The Julie Andrews Hour'' (1973) for which she received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Musical Series. Recently she co-created and hosted ''Julie's Greenroom'' (2017), and voiced Lady Whistledown in the Netflix series ''Bridgerton'' (2020–present). Andrews has co-authored numerous children's books with her daughter and two autobiographies, ''Home: A Memoir of My Early Years'' (2008) and ''Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years'' (2019). Provided by Wikipedia

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