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Julie Andrews

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
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Full Name: Julia Elizabeth Wells
Profession: Actress and Singer

United Kingdom

Biography: Eternally best known for her portrayals of Mary Poppins (showing remarkable forbearance in the face of Dick Van Dyke's cockney accent) and Maria in The Sound of Music. She is also an author of children's books.

Born: October 1, 1935
Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
Age: 86 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra

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Married Life

  • 1969-11-12 American filmmaker Blake Edwards (47) weds "The Sound of Music" actress Julie Andrews (34) in Beverly Hills, California

Historical Events

  • 1954-09-30 Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend", cast includes Julie Andrews, making her Broadway debut, opens at the Royale Theatre, NYC; runs for 485 performances
  • 1957-03-31 Rodgers & Hammerstein's live television musical "Cinderella", starring Julie Andrews, with Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley, premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1960-12-03 Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot", starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, and introducing Robert Goulet, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 873 performances, wins 4 Tony Awards
  • 1962-06-11 "Julie & Carol at Carnegie Hall", musical comedy/variety television special with Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett premieres on CBS
  • 1963-01-05 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Camelot", starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances and winning 4 Tony Awards
  • 1964-08-27 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1965-03-02 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, premieres (Academy Awards Best Picture - 1966)
  • 1965-04-05 37th Academy Awards: "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards
  • 1967-03-21 Musical comedy film "Thoroughly Modern Millie", starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing, premieres at the Criterion Theatre, NYC
  • 1969-11-09 "An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte", music special with arrangements by Michel Legrand, premieres on NBC-TV
  • 2001-07-29 "The Princess Diaries", starring Anne Hathaway (in her film debut), featuring Julie Andrews, and directed by Garry Marshall, premieres at El Capitan theater in Hollywood