Julie Andrews is an icon of grace, talent, and poise – and has been for decades. The celebrated actress recently celebrated her 83rd birthday, and her legacy and iconic roles are still just as relevant as ever. In 2013 and 2015, NBC and ITV, a British television station, produced adaptations of The Sound of Music.
Mary Poppins, the film that had catapulted Andrews to international fame, is getting a sequel this year. It is an excellent opportunity to revisit the life and career of the beloved English actress and singer. If you want to learn more about this stage and film legend, this is your chance!
1. Humble Beginnings
Andrews may seem naturally regal, but she didn’t exactly have a charmed life as a young girl. She was born Julia Wells in October of 1935 and, at first, lived a happy life. However, when World War II broke out, her parents separated. Her mother married musician Ted Andrews, and both she and young Julie took his name. As working musicians, they lived in a poor, violent part of London, and suffered through the blitz during the later years of the war.
Between the war and the constant struggle to make ends meet, Andrews’ childhood was not easy. However, young Julie Andrews found solace through music and song. Little did she know, it would become the bedrock for her entire life and career…