Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews,Â DBE (nÃ©eÂ Wells; born 1 October 1935) is a British film and stage actress, singer, and author.
She is the recipient ofÂ Golden Globe,Â Emmy,Â Grammy,Â BAFTA,Â People’s Choice Award,Â Theatre World Award,Â Screen Actors Guild andÂ Academy Award honours.
Andrews was a former British child actress and singer who made her Broadway debut in 1954 withÂ The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such asÂ My Fair Lady andÂ Camelot, and inÂ musical films such asÂ Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won theÂ Academy Award for Best Actress, andÂ The Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best-known. Her voice, which originally spanned four octaves, was damaged by a throat operation in 1997.
Andrews had a revival of her film career in 2000s in family films such asÂ The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequelÂ The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), theÂ Shrek animated films (2004â€“2010), andÂ Despicable Me (2010). In 2003 Andrews revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival ofÂ The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre,Â Sag Harbor, New York (and later at theGoodspeed Opera House, inÂ East Haddam, Connecticut in 2005).
Andrews is also an author of children’s books, and in 2008 published an autobiography,Â Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.
As a result of her performance inÂ Mary Poppins, Andrews won the 1964Â Academy Award for Best Actress and the 1965Â Golden Globe Award for Best ActressÂ â€“ Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. She and herÂ Mary Poppins co-stars also won the 1965Â Grammy Award for Best Album for Children. As a measure of “sweet revenge,” asÂ Poppins songwriterÂ Richard M. Sherman put it, Andrews closed her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes by saying, “And, finally, my thanks to a man who made a wonderful movie and who made all this possible in the first place, Mr. Jack Warner.” Warner passed over Andrews in favor ofÂ Audrey Hepburn for the starring role ofÂ Eliza Doolittle inÂ My Fair Lady.
In 1964 she appeared oppositeÂ James Garner inÂ The Americanization of Emily (1964), which she has described as her favourite film. In 1966, Andrews won her secondÂ Golden Globe Award for Best ActressÂ â€“ Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was also nominated for the 1965Â Academy Award for Best Actress for her role asÂ Maria von Trapp inÂ The Sound of Music.
After completingÂ The Sound Of Music, Andrews appeared as a guest star on the NBC-TV variety seriesÂ The Andy Williams Show, which gained her an Emmy nomination. She followed this television appearance with an Emmy Award-winning color special,Â The Julie Andrews Show, which featuredÂ Gene Kelly andÂ The New Christy Minstrels as guests. It aired on NBC-TV in November 1965.