A 'SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC' Morning with Dame Julie Andrews
Presented by Julie Andrews
Friday, October 26, 2007
Almost everyone is familiar with two of the most positive role models in film – Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp. While Dame Julie Andrews is well known for her portrayal of these two outstanding women, few may realize the extent to which Dame Julie lives up to the ideals and courage exhibited in these two roles. Most of us are very familiar with Julie Andrews the performer – but we may not be as familiar with Julie Andrews Edwards, author and advocate.
Born into a theatrical family and with enormous talent, it is no surprise that Julie’s professional career took off at a very young age. She was just twelve years old when she made her stage debut in the production of “Starlight Roof” at the London Hippodrome. Her yearlong performance at this venue garnered the high profile attention of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret and launched what can only be described as an enormously prolific and successful career.
Julie has achieved the highest professional acknowledgements in the performing arts, amongst which were:
- Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award (2001)
- Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Leading Role (1982 – Victor/Victoria)
- Golden Globe: World Film Favorite – Female (1968)
- Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Leading Role (1965 – Sound of Music)
- Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment (1965)
- Academy Award: Best Actress (1964 – Mary Poppins)
- Grammy: Best Album for Children (1964 - Mary Poppins)
She has been quoted as saying, “A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it.” This race to be worthy of her good fortune led Julie into roles that she is less well known for – including best selling author of children’s books, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), her active roles in relief organization, Operation USA and Hereditary Disease Foundation.
In her role as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN, Julie was responsible for promoting the work of UNIFEM, which provides financial and technical support to low income women in developing countries. She also has worked with and supported other organizations including Operation USA, UNICEF and Save the Children.
As an author, Julie Andrews Edwards has written a dozen children’s books including her first book Mandy, published in 1971. She has published over 20 books through her publishing imprint, The Julie Andrews Collection at Harper Collins. Her children books, many co-created with family and friends, appeal to children of all ages and her work The Last of the Great Whangdoodles has been compared to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, and Harry Potter because of its imaginative characters. Julie is also working on an autobiography tentatively due to be published in 2008.