Julie Andrews's Interesting Facts

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1 Is one of 14 actresses to have won both the Best Actress Academy Award and the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe for the same performance; hers being for Mary Poppins (1964). The others, in chronological order, are: Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday (1950), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Liza Minnelli for Cabaret (1972), Glenda Jackson for A Touch of Class (1973), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Cher for Moonstruck (1987), 'Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Helen Hunt for As Good as It Gets (1997), Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007), and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
2 Is one of 26 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), and Victor Victoria (1982). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Grace Moore (One Night of Love (1934)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones (1954)), Deborah Kerr (The King and I (1956)), Rita Moreno (West Side Story (1961)), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady (1964)), Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music (1965)), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)), Kay Medford (Funny Girl (1968)), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl (1968)), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret (1972)), Ronee Blakley (Nashville (1975)), Lily Tomlin (Nashville (1975)), Ann-Margret (Tommy (1975)), Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria (1982)), Amy Irving (Yentl (1983)), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge! (2001)), Queen Latifah (Chicago (2002)), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago (2002)), Renée Zellweger (Chicago (2002)), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls (2006)), Penelope Cruz (Nine (2009)), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)), and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)). Andrews is the only actress to have been nominated multiple times for her performances in musicals.
3 Is one of 4 actresses to win the Best Actress Oscar for her film debut (for Mary Poppins (1964)). The others are Shirley Booth (for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)), Barbra Streisand (for Funny Girl (1968)), and Marlee Matlin (for Children of a Lesser God (1986)).
4 Has had one of her ankle bone joints replaced with a titanium implant to avoid being confined to a wheelchair.
5 Was the 61st actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Mary Poppins (1964) at The 37th Annual Academy Awards (1965) on April 5, 1965.
6 During the Vietnam War, Julie and her husband, Blake Edwards both became involved with the Committee of Responsibility, which brought severely injured children from the war zone to the US for treatment. Their involvement led them to adopt two Vietnamese abandoned children.
7 Both Julie and her husband, Blake Edwards, underwent psychoanalysis in the 1970's as a way to deal with their respective career slumps.
8 After the success of 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Sound of Music', she declined huge offers for more nanny roles with the explanation: "I've done that."
9 Over a period of six years, from 1964 to 1970, she performed in four different films as characters with rhyming names, Mary, Emily, Millie, Lili, and each of those names were part of the respective title: 1964 Mary Poppins - Mary; 1964 The Americanization of Emily - Emily; 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie - Millie; 1970 Darling Lili - Lili. Additionally, during the same period, she portrayed the similar sounding, if not rhyming, Maria in The Sound of Music (1965), where her character's name was not part of the title. All except Darling Lili were big money makers.
10 Doing the voice of "Queen Lillian" in Shrek Forever After (2010). [March 2009]
11 Release of her book, "Home: A Memoir of My Early Years". [March 2008]
12 Release of the book, "Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography" by Richard Stirling.
13 Release of her book, "Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother and Child" by Julie and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.
14 Release of the book, "Julie Andrews: A Life on Stage and Screen" by Robert Windeler.
15 Thanked only Walt Disney by name in her Oscar acceptance speech.
16 Recepient of a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Grammy [December 23, 2010].
17 Learned to play the guitar specifically for the role of "Maria" in The Sound of Music (1965).
18 Was at one point going to star in The Public Eye (1972).
19 Was offered the role of Carol in Karta Amerikoje (1984), but turned the role down. The part went to Tuesday Weld.
20 According to her autobiography, she first saw second husband Blake Edwards at a party while she and first husband Tony Walton were on their honeymoon. She and Blake did not become friends until several years later.
21 Turned down her Tony nomination for "Victor/Victoria" for Best Actress in a Musical in 1996 because the rest of the cast and crew were overlooked for consideration.
22 Was one of the first women to be named a Disney Legend (and inducted into the Disney Hall of Fame). She was in the 1991 class with animator Mary Blair.
23 Her two biological grandchildren are Sam (b. 1996) and Hope (b. 2003) from daughter Emma Walton. Her other grandchildren are: Max Scheff, from adopted daughter Amy Edwards; Kayti and Hannah Schneider, from stepdaughter Jennifer Edwards; Isabelle and Hank, from stepson Geoffrey Edwards.
24 Her brother, Christopher Stuart, was born in May, 1946.
25 Her daughter, Amy Edwards, married rock musician Lauren Scheff on October 24, 2004. They are now divorced.
26 Could sing notes only dogs could hear at the age of seven.
27 Mother-in-law of Steve Hamilton.
28 As of 2013, she is one of six women who has received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a performance directed by her spouse, namely for Victor Victoria (1982) directed by Blake Edwards. The other five are Elisabeth Bergner for Escape Me Never (1935) (directed by Paul Czinner), Joanne Woodward for Rachel, Rachel (1968) (directed by Paul Newman), Jean Simmons for The Happy Ending (1969) (directed by Richard Brooks), Gena Rowlands for A Woman Under the Influence (1974) & Gloria (1980) (both directed by John Cassavetes), and Frances McDormand for Fargo (1996) (directed by Joel Coen). Jules Dassin also directed his future wife Melina Mercouri in a Best Actress Oscar nominated performance (Never on Sunday (1960)), but they weren't married yet at the time of the nomination.
29 Received the Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award on January 28, 2007.
30 Was considered for the role of Susy Hendrix in the film Wait Until Dark (1967) . The role eventually went to Audrey Hepburn as it did in My Fair Lady (1964).
31 Grandmother of daughter Emma Waltons children Samuel and Hope.
32 Best friends with Carol Burnett. Carol is godmother of Julie's daughter, Emma Walton.
33 The Americanization of Emily (1964) is the only black and white movie she ever made.
34 The song, "Your Crowning Glory" from The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), was the first time she had sung in public or on screen since she had throat surgery in 1997. She reportedly nailed the song on the first take, and brought tears to the eyes of the crew present.
35 Possessed a five-octave coloratura soprano range until a vocal nodule surgery mishap ruined her singing voice.
36 Is the only actress to be nominated for (and later win) the Oscar in the Lead Actress category in a Walt Disney film (Mary Poppins (1964)).
37 Her performance as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (1964) is ranked #45 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
38 She was the youngest person ever to appear in a Royal Command Performance. She performed for King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth/Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.
39 Sings scales rather than songs in the shower.
40 Was selected by the Walt Disney Company to become the Offical Ambassador for "The Happiest Homecoming On Earth: Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Celebration".
41 Filmed a cameo sequence as a chambermaid in Blake Edwards' 1975 Inspector Clouseau comedy The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), but the sequence ended up on the cutting-room floor.
42 Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is directly in front of the new addition to the Chinese Theatre. The star was dedicated on 5 Oct, 1979.
43 Was passed over for the role on Eliza Dolittle in favor of Audrey Hepburn for the film My Fair Lady (1964). Unlike Andrews, however, Hepburn was not a natural singer. She took voice lessons and recorded the tracks for the movie, but the producers, without telling Audrey, dubbed her voice with that of Marni Nixon. Nixon appeared with Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965).
44 She adopted two children from Vietnam with Blake Edwards, Amy Edwards (b. 1974) and Joanna Edwards (b. 1975).
45 Her stepfather was an alcoholic.
46 Changed her last name from Wells to Andrews when her mother married her stepfather Ted Andrews.
47 Received a standing ovation at The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) when she appeared to present a short film celebration sequence.
48 Mary Poppins (1964) for Disney, The Sound of Music (1965) for 20th Century Fox and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) for Universal were the biggest money-makers yet for their studios. However, her next two films, Star! (1968) and Darling Lili (1970), to put it mildly, failed to get their money back.
49 In 1969, when MGM cancelled their proposed Irving Berlin musical biography "Say it With Music" in which she was set to star, she sued the studio and collected her $1,250,000 salary.
50 In the 1960s she sported a bumper sticker on her car reading "Mary Poppins is a junkie".
51 Has owned a chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, for many years. Every year she pays for Gstaad's Christmas lights. In July she presents the prize for the winner of the annual Gstaad Tennis Open. She once said if she was nervous before a performance on stage, she'd just have to look at a photo from 'lovely' Gstaad, and she was reassured.
52 Played the same role of "Victoria Grant" in the Broadway musical adaption of Victor Victoria (1982). She turned down a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
53 In 2002, she was voted the 59th greatest Briton ever in a BBC poll.
54 She was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001.
55 Has perfect pitch.
56 She has a rose named after her.
57 When Tony Walton proposed to her, he gave her a broach instead of a ring.
58 While she played the original Eliza Dolittle in the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady", Audrey Hepburn played the part in the movie My Fair Lady (1964). The studio executives did not want Andrews because she hadn't had any experience in film and thought Hepburn would be the better choice. However, while the film My Fair Lady took home several Oscars in 1964, it failed to win the Best Actress category. That award went to none other than Julie Andrews for her performance in Mary Poppins (1964).
59 The London press reported that Miss Andrews's settlement for her botched throat surgery was nearly 21 million British pounds, or about 30 million U.S. dollars.
60 7 September 2000 - Her malpractice suit against the 2 New York Mt. Sinai Hospital doctors who allegedly botched her throat surgery was settled for an undisclosed sum.
61 Mother, with Tony Walton, of daughter Emma Walton.
62 Spent some time in a psychiatric clinic, to help her cope with the trauma resulting from her throat surgery.
63 Born at 6:00am-BST.
64 Uses the pen-name 'Julie Edwards'.
65 Stepmother of Jennifer Edwards and Geoffrey Edwards.
66 Underwent throat surgery. [June 1997]
67 Her husband reported that she would probably never sing again because the throat surgery had ruined her voice. [November 1998]
68 Was named a Dame by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on the Millenium New Year's Honours List on December 31, 1999.
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