Julie Andrews Biography

Julie Andrews is an award winning British film and stage actress. This biography provides detailed information about her childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline.

Julie Andrews
Quick Facts

Birthday: October 1, 1935

Nationality: British

Famous: Quotes By Julie Andrews Singers

Age: 84 Years, 84 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews

Born in: Walton-on-Thames

Famous as: Actress, Singer & Author

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Blake Edwards (m. 1969–2010), Tony Walton (m. 1959–1967)

father: Edward Charles Wells

mother: Barbara Ward Wells

siblings: Amy Edwards, Emma Walton Hamilton, Joanna Edwards

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education: Cone-Ripman School

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A legendary figure in the world of entertainment, Julie Andrews is a dynamic and talented actress. She is a Golden Globe and Academy Award winning star, who enjoyed success on Broadway, London theatres and a series of award-winning films and television shows. She has also recorded albums and is an acclaimed children’s book author. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Furthermore, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon her the title of ‘Dame’. She is also the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations UNIFEM program. She is best known for her role in the Walt Disney blockbuster, ‘Mary Poppins’. Some of her other films include, ‘The Sound of Music’ , 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', 'Victor Victoria', ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’. Some of her notable television works include, ‘The Julie Andrews Hour’, ‘The Julie Andrews Show’ and ‘Julie’. Her autobiography, ‘Home: A Memoir of My Early Years’, was a number one New York Times Best Seller. Equipped with a survivor’s spirit, she sailed through numerous setbacks, including the time when she lost her singing voice in surgery, but came back as a performer.

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Julie Andrews
Childhood & Early Life
  • Julia Elizabeth Wells was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, to Barbara Ward Wells. She was born from an affair her mother had with a family friend. Her mother later married Edward Charles Ted Wells.
  • Ted Wells and Barbara got divorced and she remarried singer Ted Andrews. The family initially struggled, living in slum areas but after her parents achieved success in their stage career, they relocated to a better place.
  • Her step father sponsored her education at the Cone-Ripman School, London, and sent her to Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen, a concert soprano and voice instructor. She later continued her education at the Woodbrook School.
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  • From 1945 onwards, she performed on stage with her parents for two years. On certain occasions, she performed solo or sang a duet with her father, while her mother played the piano.
  • Her stepfather introduced her to theatrical impresario, Val Parnell in order to get her a big break. On October 22, 1947, she made her solo debut with the musical revue, ‘Starlight Roof’, in which she sang, 'Je suisTitania' at the London Hippodrome.
  • On November 1, 1948, she performed at the London Palladium in the Royal Command Variety Performance. She was the youngest solo performer who performed for King George VI's family.
  • She performed in the musical interlude of the comedy show ‘Up the Pole’. On October 8, 1949, she made her debut on television with ‘RadiOlympia Showtime’, a BBC programme.
  • From 1950 to 1952, she was cast as member of the BBC radio comedy show, 'Educating Archie’. The show earned her recognition all over United Kingdom.
  • On September 30, 1954, she made her debut in Broadway with the London musical, ‘The Boy Friend’. In the musical she played, ‘Polly Browne’, a role which earned her acclaim as the stand-out performer of the show.
  • In 1955, she signed to work in the TV film, ‘High Tor’. The following year, she played ‘Eliza Doolittle’ in the Broadway musical production, ‘My Fair Lady’, a role that earned her a Tony Award nomination.
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  • On March 31, 1957, she starred in the CBS television musical, ‘Cinderella’, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. She earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance.
  • In 1960, she was cast as ‘Queen Guenevere’ in the Broadway period musical, ‘Camelot’, which opened at the Majestic Theatre, Manhattan. The show ran for 873 performances.
  • From 1958 to 1962, she made appearances in a number of TV shows including, 'The Broadway of Lerner & Loewe', 'The Fabulous Fifties' and guest starred on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show'.
  • In 1962, she co-starred along with actress Carol Burnett on the Emmy Award winning American TV musical comedy showcase, ‘Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall’.
  • In 1964, she delivered an Academy Award winning performance in the musical film, ‘Mary Poppins’, which was directed by Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney chose her for the role after watching her in ‘Camelot’.
  • In 1964, she starred in the American comedy-drama war film, ‘The Americanization of Emily’, which was directed by Arthur Hiller. The film was an adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by William Bradford Huie.
  • In 1965, she starred in the musical film, ‘The Sound of Music’, which was directed by Robert Wise. The film was inspired by a Broadway musical of the same name.
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  • She was a guest star on ‘The Andy Williams Show’ and she also hosted ‘The Julie Andrews Show’. In 1966, she starred in the award winning film, ‘Hawaii’. That year she was also seen in the Alfred Hitchcock film, ‘Torn Curtain’.
  • In 1967, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as ‘Millie Dillmount’ in the American musical film, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. The film was a hit at the box office.
  • Years 1968 to 1972 marked a bad patch in her career as she starred in flop films like, 'Star!' and ‘Darling Lili’. She was seen in the documentary film, ‘Julie’. She also appeared on TV in 'An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte' and 'Julie and Carol At Lincoln Center'.
  • Year 1972 to 1973 was a time of revival as she starred in the award-winning ABC TV variety show, ‘The Julie Andrews Hour’. The show ended after one season but she continued her association with ABC.
  • In 1977, she was a guest star on ‘The Muppet Show’. The following year, the TV programme, ‘Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring’ was broadcast and receiving mixed reviews.
  • In 1980, she headlined the CBS-TV special, ‘Because We Care’ along with other prominent stars in order to raise funds for the ‘Cambodian Famine victims’. The following year, she was seen in the film, ‘Little Miss Marker’.
  • In 1981, she shocked audiences, when she appeared in her first on-screen nude scene in the Blake Edwards comedy film, ‘S.O.B’. In the succeeding year, she played a dual role in the film, ‘Victor Victoria’.
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  • In 1983, she played ‘Marianna’ in the comedy film, ‘The Man Who Loved Women’. She earned Golden Globe nominations for her subsequent films, 'That's Life!' and 'Duet for One'.
  • In 1987, she was seen in ‘Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas’, an ABC Christmas special show. Following this, she was also seen on the TV shows ‘Julie & Carol: Together Again’ and ‘Julie Andrews in Concert’.
  • In 1991, she starred in the TV film, ‘Our Sons’, a film about AIDS victims, which was inspired from the documentary film ‘Too Little, Too Late’. The following year, she starred in the TV sitcom, ‘Julie’ and hosted, 'Christmas In Washington'.
  • In 1993, she was seen on the TV show, ‘Sound of Orchestra’ and the same year she played ‘Amy’ in the revue, ‘Putting It Together', which premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
  • In the 1990s she recorded two solo albums and starred in the stage production of ‘Victor/Victoria’. She also starred in the CBS network TV film, ‘One Special Night’.
  • In 2001, she starred in the live TV show, ‘On Golden Pond’. The show was an adaptation of an Ernest Thompson play of the same name. The same year, she starred in ‘The Princess Diaries’.
  • In 2003, she appeared in the film, ‘Eloise at the Plaza’. She subsequently starred in the films, ‘Eloise at Christmastime’ and ‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’.
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  • From 2004 to 2010, she played voice roles in the films, 'Shrek 2', 'Shrek the Third', 'Enchanted', 'Shrek Forever After' and 'Despicable Me'. She was also seen in the ‘Broadway: The American Musical’ and ‘Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2009’.
  • She is also an author of children’s books. Some of her books include, ‘The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl,’‘Dragon Hound of Honor’, ‘Dumpy and the Firefighters’ and ‘Dumpy to the Rescue!’.
Major Works
  • She starred in the film, ‘Mary Poppins’, which was one of the biggest Walt Disney hits. In Disney history, this is the most Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movie.
  • ‘The Sound of Music’ is one of the biggest Twentieth Century Fox hits in history. In 2001, The National Film Registry, the United States National Film Preservation Board acknowledged the film as 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant'.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 1965, she received the Academy Award for the category of ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for ‘Mary Poppins’.
  • In 1965, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy’ for ‘Mary Poppins’.
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  • In 1966, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy’ for ‘The Sound of Music’.
  • In 1983, she received a Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical’ for ‘Victor Victoria’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • On May 10, 1959, she married Tony Walton, a set designer, with whom she had a child. They filed divorce on November 14, 1967.
  • On November 12, 1969 she married, Blake Edwards. They adopted two children together. He died in 2010.
  • Around 1997, she developed problems in her throat and could no longer continue in Broadway. She underwent surgery for the same.
  • In 2008, she published her autobiography titled, ‘Home: A Memoir of My Early Years’. The book became a number one on The New York Times Bestseller List.
  • This Academy and Golden Globe award winning actress and Broadway star once sported a bumper sticker on her car that stated that she ‘is a junkie’.

1. The Sound of Music (1965)

  (Drama, Romance, Biography, Musical, Family)

2. Mary Poppins (1964)

  (Musical, Fantasy, Comedy, Family)

3. Julie Andrews: One to One (1975)


4. Victor Victoria (1982)

  (Romance, Comedy, Musical, Music)

5. The Americanization of Emily (1964)

  (War, Comedy, Drama)

6. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

  (Musical, Comedy, Romance)

7. The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

  (Crime, Comedy)

8. Aquaman (2018)

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
1965 Best Actress in a Leading Role Mary Poppins (1964)
Golden Globe Awards
1983 Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Victor Victoria (1982)
1968 World Film Favorite - Female Winner
1967 World Film Favorite - Female Winner
1966 Best Actress - Comedy or Musical The Sound of Music (1965)
1965 Best Actress - Comedy or Musical Mary Poppins (1964)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2005 Outstanding Nonfiction Series Broadway: The American Musical (2004)
1973 Outstanding Variety Musical Series The Julie Andrews Hour (1972)
BAFTA Awards
1965 Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Mary Poppins (1964)
Grammy Awards
1965 Best Recording for Children Mary Poppins (1964)

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