"I was in denial, thinking I was going to get better. There was anger at myself for going under the knife"

Julie Andrews

Daily India - 19 January 2007


Throat surgery ended Julie Andrews' singing career

If there is one thing that Dame Julie Andrews will regret for the rest of her life, it would be deciding to undergo a throat surgery.

The 1997 surgery, which was supposed to be a minor one, was botched by doctors and left Andrews without the voice that made her famous.

However, though doctors told her that she would never recover her five-octave singing voice, the legendary 'Sound of Music' star revealed that she had gone into denial, and kept thinking that she would get better.

"I was in denial, thinking I was going to get better. There was anger at myself for going under the knife," Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.

And though her singing ability never returned, Andrews revealed that she was thankful to be kept busy by acting roles that did not require singing, and with writing children's books.

"I never have been busier. It's wonderful," she said.

Then came 2004, when Andrews talk-sang through a ditty in 'Princess Diaries 2' - her first performance since the surgery, and one which brought the film's cast and crew to tears.

The 'Mary Poppins' star revealed that the moment had been very special for her personally, as it was an "affirmation" of her abilities as a singer.

"For me, (it was) wonderful affirmation," she said.

Andrews has been struggling to recover her five-octave singing voice following surgery to remove vocal fold nodules, which is a mass of tissue that grows on the vocal cords and reduces or obstructs the ability of the vocal folds to create the rapid changes in air pressure which generate human speech.