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The Julie Andrews Bio

The Julie Andrews Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Films:

Mary Poppins / The Sound of Music
The argument is really over which of these is better, or which featured the better JA performance, or whatever. Most people would side with the American Film Institute and favor "The Sound of Music," though unbeknownst to the AFI, "Mary Poppins" is one of the great films of all time. Plus, Julie won the Academy Award for "Poppins," and was only nominated for "SOM." "Victor/Victoria" is the runner-up. Then "Millie." 

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
The Americanization of Emily (opposite James Garner, a coward hiding out from WWII)
Torn Curtain (a scientist and, along with fiancé Paul Newman, a double agent in East Germany)
Eloise at Christmastime (Nanny)
The Musicals:
Mary Poppins (Oscar and Golden Globe-winning performance as the magical nanny)
The Sound of Music (Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance as Maria von Trapp)
Victor/Victoria (a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman)
Thoroughly Modern Millie (Golden Globe-nominated performance as Millie, a '20s girl in the big city, with Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing)
Darling Lili (a German spy during WWI, in love with Rock Hudson)
Star! (Gertrude Lawrence, the furthest thing from Maria in musicals)
Other Blockbusters:
Princess Diaries (the Queen of Genovia)
Blake Edwards' Films:
10 (Dudley Moore's lady friend)
The Man who Loved Women
(Burt Reynolds' psychiatrist)
The Tamarind Seed
The Real Julie Andrews:
The Sound of Music

Though she may have thought of herself as Blake Edwards's wife and star, her gift of a four-octave singing voice made her and her music-teaching-nanny role one and the same.
Acting Style:
Musical comedy. Though now she makes a stately queen both in live action and voice-over, her failure in anything but musical comedy (and only mild success with Edwards) isn't entirely due to the audience's pigeonholing her. It's just what she does.
Bits and Quirks:
A great lover's stare, often forlorn. Mild-mannered softness one minute, then bursting out the next. The rapid-fire angry bits, usually still with a soft, cushiony voice.
Great Scenes:
Princess Diaries

> Meeting Anne Hathaway for the first time
> The training sequence
> The accident with the streetcar
> The banquet scene


> The at-the-time big deal about Julie Andrews baring her wholesome breasts


> The numbers as a man
> Playing opposite James Garner
> The restaurant in the beginning

The Sound of Music

> Falling in the canoe
> Falling in love with Christopher Plummer, especially the dance
> Being chased by the Nazis, hiding at the convent
> The opening scene on the hilltop, one of the best opening scenes ever
> The puppet show
> Teaching the children to sing

Mary Poppins

> Every scene, of course
> The animated horse racing
> Uncle Albert's house
> Pulling things out of her bag
> Step in Time, with the chimney-sweeps
> Flying in with the umbrella

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