"If I'm anything to go by, the chances are that if you work very hard, a piece of good fortune might go your way, so you'd better be ready for it."

Julie Andrews


Hollywood Reporter - 29 January 2007
By Borys Kit, Nicole Sperling and Tatiana Siegel

Backstage: SAG winners feel like royalty

If Julie Andrews hums a song from any of her movies, it's "Edelweiss" from "The Sound of Music," a song she didn't even sing. "I think it's a beautifully constructed song. It's about everyone's homeland everywhere." Andrews, who accepted SAG's life achievement award, wasn't exactly keen on giving advice to budding actors on how to have a long career, but when pressed, she said, "If I'm anything to go by, the chances are that if you work very hard, a piece of good fortune might go your way, so you'd better be ready for it." What Andrews did enjoy expounding on was her burgeoning career as a children's author. Her five-year-old imprint, the Julie Andrews Collection, just released its 23rd book. Her writing began when she was on a movie set and, in a bid to control her unruly daughter, made a bet with her and lost. " 'What should my forfeit be?' " she recalled asking. "And my daughter said, 'Write me a story.' And that's how it began."