For over half a century, Julie Andrews has been entertaining viewers, and her sweet and down-to-earth character has won her fans of all ages and generations.
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For decades, Julie Andrews has been in show business.
Andrews’ long career started on stage in her native Britain more than seven decades ago. She followed in the footsteps of her parents, singing alongside them when they performed in the evenings and even touring with them around the country.
In 1954, the day before her 19th birthday, Andrews made her Broadway debut in the musical The Boy Friend, which was an immense success in London. She then appeared in My Fair Lady’s 1956 Broadway production, attracting the attention of Richard Rodgers, the superstar composer.
In the early 1960s, Andrews eventually became a household name, and her breakthrough role in the Mary Poppins Disney musical won her her first Oscar. (Ironically, in the film version of My Fair Lady, she was snubbed for the part of Eliza Doolittle, beating out Audrey Hepburn for the prize). The next year, with Andrews’ iconic involvement in The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, lightning struck twice.
Julie Andrews has returned to the spotlight
Andrews continued to be a singer and actress in the decades that followed, appearing in productions such as the film and stage versions of Victor/Victoria.
But, sadly, after her failed vocal cord surgery, she lost her iconic voice in 1997.
Andrews had to restrict herself to mere speaking positions after losing her hearing. The Princess Diaries, the 2001 comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Andrews’ first Disney film since Mary Poppins, was her first major film in this career revival. In the Shrek film series, she played characters and voiced the 2007 Disney film, Enchanted.
Andrews is now back in the voice actor’s chair in the new period drama Bridgerton by Shonda Rhimes, which premiered on Christmas 2020 on Netflix. Andrews described the series in an interview with Parade as “scandalous and romantic, quick-witted, with lots and lots of friendships, families finding their way and mothers protecting their daughters – you can imagine all the intrigue.”
Andrews called her character Lady Whistledown “a mysterious and rather sharp-tongued gossip reporter of the time.” She went on to characterize Lady Whistledown as “a tartar and a somewhat naughty woman.” And Lady Whistledown is central to the drama, although she does not appear on screen at any stage.
“Bridgerton”: that’s what Julie Andrews said about her Lady Whistledown character.
For a photograph, Julie Andrews perfected the art of grinning
Andrews has mastered a specific aspect of fame during her lengthy career that other people frequently struggle with: posing in a flattering way for pictures.
In a 2017 appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Andrews spoke about her unique trick, recalling a time when Colbert once asked her to smile for a picture and say “cheese.”
Andrews is never one to conventionally do anything, and when they smile for the camera they say something different from what other people say. Andrews said, grinning, “You ask them to count [to]three, and then you say ‘Money,'”
She went on to explain why, when smiling for a picture, she prefers to use a non-traditional term. “I was told that. It’s not my idea,” admitted Andrews, “but I was told to do it, and lo and behold, it works!” She said that saying the word “money” “makes your jaw drop a little bit [and]makes you smile nicely, so you might as well remember it!”