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Thursday, October 1, 2015

80 Groovy Things about Julie Andrews on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Julie Andrews' 80th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Julia Elizabeth Wells was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, on October 1, 1935 (her stepfather's last name was Andrews).

2. On October 22, 1947, the 12-year-old made her professional solo debut at the London Hippodrome singing the aria "Je suis Titania" from Mignon as part of the musical revue, Starlight Roof.

3. On November 1, 1948, the 13-year-old became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Command Variety Performance at the London Palladium, where she performed along with Danny Kaye and the Nicholas Brothers.

4. On the eve of her 19th birthday on September 30, 1954, she made her Broadway debut as Polly Browne in the musical, The Boy Friend.

5. She made her American television debut on March 10, 1956, in the musical, High Tor, which was broadcast as a 90-minute episode of the CBS series, Ford Star Jubilee. The cast also included Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson, Hans Conreid and Keenan Wynn.

6. She received a 1957 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Eliza Doolittle in the musical, My Fair Lady - but she lacked sufficient name recognition to be cast in the 1964 film version (which starred Audrey Hepburn).

7. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Single Performance for the Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical, Cinderella, which was broadcast live on CBS on March 31, 1957.




8. In 1957, she released her debut solo album, The Lass with the Delicate Air.

9. She was the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? on February 7, 1960.



10. She received a 1961 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Queen Guinevere in Camelot.

11. On March 19, 1961, she and her Camelot co-stars Richard Burton and Robert Goulet performed during a special tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe on CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show. The struggling musical instantly became a smash hit after the broadcast.



12. She was a guest on The Garry Moore Show on December 19, 1961.



13. On February 11, 1962, she and her Camelot co-stars Richard Burton and Robert Goulet performed on the NBC special, The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe.



14. She and Carol Burnett starred in the CBS special, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, on June 11, 1962.




15. She won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Actress and the 1964 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance in the Disney film, Mary Poppins.




16. She starred opposite James Garner in the 1964 film, The Americanization of Emily.

17. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment – Actors and Performers for her guest appearance on NBC's The Andy Williams Show on November 30, 1964.



18. She won her second consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance as Maria von Trapp in 1965's The Sound of Music. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.



19. On November 28, 1965, she starred in an NBC special, The Julie Andrews Show, with her guests Gene Kelly and the New Christy Minstrels.




20. She starred opposite Paul Newman in the 1966 Alfred Hitchcock film, Torn Curtain.

21. She starred in Hawaii, the highest grossing film of 1966.

22. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance in 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie.

23. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance in Star!, a 1968 biopic of British performer Gertrude Lawrence.



24. She and Fred Astaire were to star in Say It With Music, an Irving Berlin musical biopic, but after MGM underwent a change of ownership in 1969, the studio canceled the project.

25. In 1969, she was also set to star in a film version of the 1963 Broadway musical, She Loves Me - with her second husband Blake Edwards directing - but MGM dropped this project as well.

26. She appeared in the NBC special, An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte, on November 9, 1969.

27. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance in 1970's Darling Lili, which was directed by Blake Edwards.




28. She and Blake Edwards were guests on The David Frost Show on July 6, 1970.



29. She appeared in The Grand Opening Special of Walt Disney World, which aired on NBC on October 29, 1971.

30. She and Carol Burnett starred in their second CBS special, Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center, on December 7, 1971.



31. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for her 1972-73 ABC series, The Julie Andrews Hour, which won seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Variety Musical Series. Some of her guests included Robert Goulet, Joel Grey and Eydie Gormé.




32. She and Dick Van Dyke starred in the ABC special, Julie and Dick in Covent Garden, which aired on April 21, 1974.

33. She and Jackie Gleason starred in the ABC special, Julie and Jackie: How Sweet It Is, which aired on May 22, 1974.

34. On December 14, 1973, she starred in Julie's Christmas Special, which aired on ABC with her guests Peggy Lee and Peter Ustinov.

35. She starred opposite Omar Sharif in the 1974 romantic drama, The Tamarind Seed.

36. On April 18, 1975, she starred in the ABC special, Julie: My Favorite Things, with The Muppets and Peter Sellers.



37. She appeared on The Muppet Show on February 18, 1978.



38. On March 9, 1978, she starred in the CBS special, Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring, with her guests Leslie Uggams, Leo Sayer, Alan King and the Muppets.



39. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 5, 1979.

40. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the 1979 romantic comedy, 10, co-starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek.



41. She starred opposite Walter Matthau in the 1980 film, Little Miss Marker.

42. She appeared in her first on-screen nude scene in the 1981 Blake Edwards comedy, S.O.B.



43. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance in the 1982 film, Victor/Victoria (she also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress).




44. She appeared in the 1983 Blake Edwards comedy, The Man Who Loved Women, starring Burt Reynolds.

45. She and Robert Preston were the hosts of the 38th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1984, during which she performed an abridged version of "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music (she also hosted the Tonys in 1970 and 1991).



46. In 1987, she received two Golden Globe nominations - one for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for That's Life! and one for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Duet for One.

47. On December 16, 1987, she starred in the ABC special, Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas, with her guests Placido Domingo and John Denver.

48. She was reunited for a third time with Carol Burnett in the ABC special, Julie & Carol: Together Again, which aired on December 13, 1989.




49. On May 19, 1991, she made her television dramatic debut as the mother of a gay son in the ABC movie, Our Sons, co-starring Ann-Margret and Hugh Grant.

50. She starred opposite Marcello Mastroianni in the 1992 Italian comedy, A Fine Romance.

51. She starred opposite James Farentino in her first television sitcom, Julie, which aired on ABC during the summer of 1992 (the show began as a 1991 pilot entitled Millie, which was never screened).

52. She appeared in the 1993 PBS documentary, The King & I: Recording a Hollywood Dream, about the making of the 1992 studio cast recording of the musical.



53. She starred in the 1993 American premiere of Stephen Sondheim's revue, Putting It Together, at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

54. She performed a concert at Woodstock 99 East Stage in Rome, New York, on February 17, 1995.



55. She and Blake Edwards were interviewed on CBS's 60 Minutes on October 25, 1995.



56. She starred in the 1995 Broadway musical version of Victor/Victoria, but she declined her 1996 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical because the rest of the production was snubbed.

57. She received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for her albums, Broadway: The Music Of Richard Rodgers (in 1996) and Here I'll Stay (in 1998).

58. She played herself (voice only) on the NBC sitcom, Caroline in the City, on November 19, 1996.

59. She performed the voice of Polynesia the parrot (via a computer chip recording in the mechanical bird's mouth) in the 1998 London stage production of the musical, Dr. Dolittle.

60. She was reunited with James Garner for the CBS film, One Special Night, which aired on November 28, 1999.

61. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the performing arts by Queen Elizabeth II on December 31, 1999.

62. She starred in the 2000 British comedy, Relative Values, with Colin Firth.

63. She reunited with Christopher Plummer in a live television adaptation of the play, On Golden Pond, which aired on CBS on April 29, 2001.

64. She played Anne Hathaway's grandmother in the 2001 Disney film, The Princess Diaries, and the 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

65. In December 2001, she became a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

66. She played herself in the 2002 comedy, Unconditional Love, starring Kathy Bates and Rupert Everett.

67. She played the nanny in the movies, Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime, which aired on ABC's Wonderful World of Disney in 2003. And she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Eloise at Christmastime.

68. In 2003, she made her debut as a theatre director, directing a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. The production was remounted at the Goodspeed Opera House in 2005 and went on a national tour in 2006.

69. She provided the voice of Queen Lillian in the 2004 animated film, Shrek 2 (2004), and its sequels, Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010).

70. She narrated the 2007 Disney film, Enchanted, starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey.

71. On April 1, 2008, her autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, was published. She plans to release a second memoir in September 2017.

72. She played the head fairy in the 2010 film, Tooth Fairy, starring Dwayne Johnson.

73. She provided the voice of Marlena in the 2010 animated film, Despicable Me.

74. At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and - with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton - a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album For Children for Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies.

75. She was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on May 18, 2011.




76. She and Idina Menzel were guests on Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live on May 1, 2014.

77. She, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum were guests on BBC's The Graham Norton Show on May 23, 2014.



78. On February 22, 2015, she made a surprise appearance at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, greeting Lady Gaga who paid her homage by singing a medley from The Sound of Music.

79. She and Diane Sawyer traveled to Austria for The Untold Story of The Sound of Music, an ABC special that aired on March 18, 2015, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film.

80. In August 2016, she will direct a 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House.

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