Dick Van Dyke as Bert in Mary Poppins, released in August, 1964.
 
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Forecourt Ceremony held on Saturday, June 25, 1966
 
Born: December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri
Age at the time of the ceremony: 40
 
Julie Andrews is a beloved figure in film. It is difficult to emerge from childhood without being aware of her radiant performances in her early musical films, while many of us come to know the free-wheeling, yet graceful and kind persona she brings to the screen — year after year.

Andrews' childhood was a strange one. Born to her mother Barbara, Julia's father was not her father "Ted" Wells. At the beginning of World War II, Barbara and "Ted" divorced, with Julia eventually living with Barbara and her new husband, conveniently named Ted, who was abusive toward Julie, but also sent the talented girl to singing lessons with Madame Lillian Stiles-Allen.

Both Barbara and Ted were stage performers, so they put Julie in their shows at an early age. She made her professional singing debut at the Hippodrome in London in 1947 at the age of 12. Appearing on the BBC Radio network, and became well-known for appearing as the lead in fairytale stage productions for children.

In 1952, Andrews dubbed the voice of Princess Zelia in the English version of the Italian animated film La rosa di bagdad - The Sleeping Princess (released in December, 1949 in Italy, in August 1952 for the English version). Not quite 19, Andrews made her Broadway debut as Polly Browne in The Boy Friend from September, 1954 to November, 1955. Torward the end of the run, Andrews auditioned for the part of Eliza Doolittle in the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison, beginning in March 1956; she left the show in February, 1958. The show was a teriffic success, with Andrews giving 770 performances, making Julie Andrews a bloomin' star.

Composer Richard Rogers was so impressed with Andrews, he insisted she play the title role in the live television special Cinderella aired over CBS, in March, 1957. Andrews next released an album, The Lass with a Delicate Air, and appeared on hundreds of television programs, including The Julie Andrews Show for three episodes over the BBC in November, 1959, and The Ed Sullivan Show aired over CBS in July, 1956, November, 1956, and March, 1961.

Lerner and Loewe cast Andrews in their musical Camelot, running on Broadway from December, 1960 to April, 1962, for 576 perfs. A legendary television special followed—her show with Carol Burnett, Julie and Carol at Carnagie Hall aired over CBS, in June, 1962.

Famously passed over for the film version of My Fair Lady, Walt Disney had seen Andrews in Camelot, and he started thinking. Andrews made her film debut in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (which played the Chinese in August, 1964). Andrews charmed the world with this film and got an Oscar for her first movie. She then starred with James Garner in The Americanization of Emily (released in October, 1964); do yourself a favor and see it—if you can.

Andrews' next film is fairly easy to see: The Sound of Music (released in March, 1965), which has become one of the most successful, beloved, and well-known movies ever made. Now, everyone wanted some of what Julie Andrews could bring to their film. Director Alfred Hitchcock put her in Torn Curtain (released in July, 1966), director George Roy Hill cast her as the heroine of Hawaii (released in October, 1966), and double-dipped with her in his hugely successful musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (released in March, 1967).

Director Robert Wise put Andrews in his biopic of Broadway star Gertrude Lawrence, but Star! (released in July, 1968), was too out of sync to be popular with the public. Having married the director Blake Edwards in 1969, he directed and she starred in Darling Lili (released in June, 1970), which was the most notorious flop in Paramount's history.

But that didn't keep them down, no sir! Andrews starred in most of Edwards' films, starting with The Tamarind Seed (released in July, 1974), with Omar Sharif, 10 (which played the Chinese in October, 1979), with Dudley Moore, S.O.B. (released in July, 1981), with William Holden (in which she famously did a nude scene), and of course, their masterpeice, Victor Victoria (which played the Chinese in November, 1982), with James Garner.

That's Life! (released in October, 1986), with Jack Lemmon was a milder effort from the couple. They tried putting her in a sitcom called Julie! for only seven episodes before it was cancelled by ABC in 1992. Andrews went to Paris to shoot Cin-cin - A Fine Romance (released in August, 1992), with Marcello Mastroianni, but the film was hardly released in America.

Edwards brought a musical version of Victor / Victoria to Broadway, which opened in October, 1995, with Andrews reprising her role from the film. This version was very successful also. She left the show in June, 1997, which is still 700 performances. A tevlevision recrording of the Victor / Victoria, aired over NHK, in December, 1995. After leaving the show, Andrews undewent surgery to relieve stress on her vocal cords, but the proceedure didn't take; malpractice lawsuits and more surgery more-or-less robbed Andrews of her singing ability, but that hasn't stopped her.

Andrews returned to England to make a film version of the Noël Coward play Relative Values (released in June, 2000), and a television version of On Golden Pond, aired over CBS in April, 2001, with Christopher Plummer.

Andrews returned triumphantly to fairytale territory with The Princess Diaries (released in July, 2001), with Anne Hathaway, provided a queenly voice to the antics of Shrek 2 (released in May, 2004), and lent a hand to the sequels The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (released in August, 2004), and Shrek the Third (released in May, 2007). She narrated Enchanted (released in November, 2007),and did voices for Shrek Forever After (released in May, 2010), and Despicable Me (released in July, 2010).

Since the death of Blake Edwards in December of 2010, Andrews has kept busy, touring, lecturing and writing. She hosts a series for preschoolers, Julie's Greenroom streamed over Netflix in March, 2017, which has been very warmly received. She reprised her role in Despicable Me 3 (released in June, 2017). Julie Andrews continues to be a marvel.
 
 
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Julie Andrews Forecourt ceremony, Saturday, March 26, 1966. Ms. Andrews signs her name in the cement, while National General Corporation president Eugene V. Klein looks on.
 
 
 
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