Julie Andrews biography, career, net worth, husband, kids

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Who is Julie Andrews?

Julie Andrews DBE is a singer, actress, and novelist from England. Over the course of a career spanning more than seven decades, she has won countless honors, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards.

Julie Andrews bio

In Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, on October 1, 1935, Julia Elizabeth Wells was born.

Barbara Ward Wells, her mother, was born in Chertsey on July 25, 1910[6] and married metalwork and woodwork instructor Edward Charles “Ted” Wells (1908-1990) in 1932.

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Because of an affair her mother had with a close family member, Andrews was born.

Although Andrews learned about her real ancestry from her mother in 1950, it wasn’t made public until her 2008 autobiography.

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Julie Andrews career

Julie Andrews began her stage career by performing in several shows with her parents. She eventually met Val Parnell through her stepfather, a businessman with significant sway over live performance venues in London.

Julie Andrews gave a professional solo performance at the London Hippodrome in 1947. She played at the London Palladium the next year in front of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

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She spent the following few years developing her radio and television career before making appearances in a number of West End plays.

She made her voice acting debut in the Italian animated film “The Singing Princess” in 1952, as Princess Zeila.

Julie Andrews began her Broadway career with the musical “The Boy Friend” in 1954. After “My Fair Lady,” she landed a part in the made-for-TV movie “High Tor.”

After participating in a number of talk and variety shows in the 1950s and 1960s, Andrews had her breakthrough when she was cast in the main role of “Mary Poppins” in 1963.

Andrews was cast in the role after Walt Disney personally insisted on it, and the movie went on to become his biggest commercial hit. Julie’s performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 1965, Andrews released “The Sound of Music,” another wildly popular movie with excellent box office receipts. It continues to be the third-highest-grossing movie in US history after accounting for inflation.

Due to her leading performance, Julie received additional honors, including a Golden Globe nomination and an Academy Award.

Unfortunately, after these two enormous hits, Andrews’ career kind of tanked. Following the failure of “Star!” and “Darling Lili” at the box office, Julie turned more toward television. She ran her own variety show for a year, from 1972 to 1973.

Julie featured in “Victor/Victoria” in 1982, which was a commercial success and brought in $30 million at the box office, more than tripling its $15 million budget. For the role, she later went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture or Musical. She was also a nominee for an Oscar.

Until the middle of the 1990s, she kept concentrating more on TV roles.

When she played the lead role in a stage version of “Victor/Victoria” in 1995, Julie made her first appearance on a Broadway stage in more than three decades. Julie received a Tony Award nomination as a result of the production’s international tours.

Interestingly, she declined the nomination since she felt they had been overlooked as it was the only nomination the production had received.

Due to a hoarse throat, Julie was forced to leave the stage production of “Victor/Victoria” at the end of 1997. She underwent surgery to remove non-cancerous throat nodules in order to treat her hoarseness.

Her singing voice was permanently damaged as a result of the surgery, making it impossible for her to sing on stage or in the rest of the production. Julie underwent four additional procedures at a separate hospital that improved her speaking voice but were unable to improve her singing voice.

Julie ultimately filed a lawsuit against the surgeons who performed her throat surgery. The lawsuit was resolved for an unknown sum that was probably quite high.

Julie Andrews net worth

Julie Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, and dancer who has a net worth of $30 million.

Julie Andrews marriage

On May 10, 1959, Andrews wed set designer Tony Walton in Weybridge, Surrey. When Andrews was performing in the play Humpty Dumpty at the London Casino in 1948, they first crossed paths.

Their daughter Emma, who is now a children’s book author named Emma Walton Hamilton, was born in November 1962. They split up in 1968.

Andrews later wed the filmmaker Blake Edwards in 1969, becoming Jennifer and Geoffrey’s stepmother.

Two Vietnamese children were adopted by Edwards and Andrews in the 1970s; Amy (later known as Amelia) was born in 1974, and Joanna was born in 1975.

Before his passing away on December 15, 2010, in Santa Monica, California, they were wed for 41 years. Age-wise, he was 88.

Andrews has nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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