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Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography

by Richard Stirling

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How do you solve a problem like Julie? You don't because she does not pose much of a problem to most. This bio is well written and follows Julie Andrews long and distinguished career on and off stage. The author is true to form on labeling it an intimate biography as he clearly is a fan and there wasn'tmmuch dirt dished up here. But then it is Julie Andrews and it would be difficult finding much dirt as she is quite careful about not showing any. And because of this we are never quite sure we know who this woman really is. Some glimpses though, her difficult childhood, her rather bizarre first marriage, and the slings and arrows along with the accolades she accumulated. The challenge in Julie's career came early as she had such unprecedented success with "My Fair Lady", "Mary Poppins", and "The Sound of Music." The voice was never the issue for her, none like it really, it was the type casting as the well scrubbed nanny. After these came attempt after attempt to make her into the sexy Julie which just did not work with the popularity in the public view. Many flops and yawners made up this body of work some with the collaboration of her new husband, Blake Edwards. Not until "Victor, Victoria" did she see some success, but a real stretch in believability. Her accomplishments in her musical career however have never been in question as she is pretty much one of a kind. The unfortunate outcome of her throat surgery is truly sad but it is also hard to imagine that a period of decline would have still ensued anyway. ( )
  knightlight777 | Jul 12, 2015 |
I would be one of the multitude who love the Sound of Music and see Julie Andrews as a symbol of great British things. I didn't know a lot about her, though, so this book was very interesting. ( )
  sriemann | Jul 15, 2014 |
She started out at very young age singing with her family. then later went out on her own to sing in broadway plays and then was lead in many motion pictures: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. ( )
  mkg101 | Nov 17, 2010 |
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Julie Andrews is the last of the great Hollywood musical stars, unequaled by any in her time.

In My Fair Lady, Julie Andrews had the biggest hit on Broadway. As the title character in Mary Poppins, she won an Academy Award. And, in 1965, The Sound of Music made her the most famous woman in the world and rescued Twentieth Century Fox from bankruptcy. Three years later, the disastrous Star! almost put the studio back under, and the leading lady of both films fell as spectacularly as she had risen.

Her film career seemed over.

Yet Julie Andrews survived, with what Moss Hart, director of My Fair Lady, called “that terrible British strength that makes you wonder why they lost India.”  Victor/Victoria, directed by her second husband, Blake Edwards, reinvented her screen image---but its stage version in 1997 led to the devastating loss of her defining talent, her singing voice.

Against all odds, she has fought back again, with leading roles in The Princess Diaries and Shrek 2. The real story of bandy-legged little Julia Wells from Walton-on-Thames is even more extraordinary; fresh details of her family background have only recently come to light.

This is the first completely new biography of Julie Andrews as artist, wife, and mother in over thirty-five years---combining the author’s interviews with the star and his wide-ranging and riveting research. It is a frank but affectionate portrait of an enduring icon of stage and screen, who was made a Dame in the Millenium Honours List. 

Once dubbed “the last of the really great broads” by Paul Newman, she was the only actress in the 2002 BBC poll The 100 Greatest Britons. But who was Dame Julie, and who is she now?

This is her story.

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Documents the personal and professional life of the musical star of stage and screen.

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