"I have one very tiny complaint. When he directs me in a love scene, he says, That was fine, but I know you can do better.""

Julie Andrews on being directed by her husband - Blake Edwards

SignonSanDeigo.com - 28 January 2007
By Beth Harris

Julie Andrews honored with SAG's lifetime achievement award

From her 1953 Broadway debut to voicing the queen in “Shrek 2,” Julie Andrews watched as her career of more than 50 years was highlighted Sunday night when she received the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award.

Andrews remains a working actor at 71. She will reprise her role in “Shrek 3” this summer, already having gained a younger audience of fans from her role as a queen in “The Princess Diaries” and its sequel.

Dick Van Dyke, Andrews' co-star in “Mary Poppins,” presented the award. They shared a big hug onstage. “I never quite got over being a little bit tongue-tied in Julie's presence,” he said. “That beauty ... that voice could tune a piano.”

Andrews received a standing ovation from an audience that included her husband of nearly 37 years, Blake Edwards, whom Andrews called “my main squeeze.”

“I have one very tiny complaint,” she said. “When he directs me in a love scene, he says, 'That was fine, but I know you can do better.'”

Andrews came to fame on stage and radio in her native England. She won an Oscar for “Mary Poppins,” and was nominated for “The Sound of Music” and “Victor/Victoria,” directed by Edwards.

“My career has just been blessed by good fortune,” she said. “What about all those delicious leading men? You have given me an evening I shall just treasure my entire life.”