Julie receives actors' honor
Somewhere Pauline Kael must be fuming. The late, great movie critic for The New Yorker never had anything good to say about Julie Andrews.
But the Screen Actors Guild will bestow its highest honor -- the Life Achievement Award -- on Andrews, star of "Mary Poppins," "The Sound of Music" (pictured) and "Victor/Victoria." Andrews will receive the prize on Jan. 28 in a ceremony televised on TBS and TNT.
Andrews was a Broadway star first in "My Fair Lady." She didn't get to repeat that role, which went to Audrey Hepburn for box-office insurance. But Andrews did win the Oscar for Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins," which came out in 1964, the same year as "My Fair Lady."
Also in 1964, Andrews gave what is probably her finest performance in "The Americanization of Emily." If you don't know this film, track down the DVD. You'll appreciate Paddy Chayefsky's powerful script and the sharp performances of James Garner, Melvyn Douglas and James Coburn.
In a long career, Andrews has had her box-office duds ("Star!" "Darling Lili") yet she is an indelible part of American film. And she has been a professional through the good times and bad. It's a well-deserved honor for a performer who influenced so many and brought joy to millions.