Julie Andrews (English actress/vocalist)

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Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, (née Wells; born 1 October 1935) is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, a former child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend. She rose to prominence starring in musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations. In 1957, she appeared on television with the title role in the musical Cinderella, which was seen by over 100 million viewers.

She made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her second Academy Award nomination for The Sound of Music (1965), and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Adjusted for inflation, the latter film is the third-highest grossing film of all time. Between 1964 and 1967, Andrews had other box office successes with The Americanization of Emily, Hawaii, Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, making her the most successful film star in the world at the time.

In the 1970s, Andrews' film career slowed down following the commercial disappointments of Star!, Darling Lili, and The Tamarind Seed. She returned to prominence with the critical and commercial successes of 10 (1979) and Victor Victoria (1982), receiving a third Academy Award nomination for the latter. During the remainder of the 1980s, she starred in critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful films such as That's Life! and Duet for One, before her career went into eclipse in the 1990s. Andrews' film career revived once more in the 2000s with the successes of The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), the Shrek animated films (2004–2010), and Despicable Me (2010). Her vocal range, which was originally striking, was damaged during a throat operation in 1997 during the Broadway show Victor/Victoria. In 2003, Andrews revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York.

Andrews is also an author of children's books, and in 2008 published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, which includes memories of surviving the London Blitz. In addition to an Academy Award, she has won a BAFTA, five Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Emmys, the Disney Legend honor and the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2000, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts. In 2002, she was ranked number 59 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Tell It Again Julie Andrews, Martyn Green 1
1966 Firestone Presents Your Favorite Christmas Carols, Volume 5 Julie Andrews 1
1982 Christmas With Julie Andrews Julie Andrews 5
1990 The Sounds of Christmas from Around the World Julie Andrews 1
1994 Broadway: The Music of Richard Rodgers Julie Andrews 2
1996 Broadway: Here I'll Stay: The Words of Alan Jay Lerner Julie Andrews 1
2002 Julie Andrews Sings Julie Andrews 1
2006 At Her Very Best Julie Andrews 1
2007 Once Upon a Time Julie Andrews 1
2008 The Lass With the Delicate Air Julie Andrews 2
A Christmas Treasure Julie Andrews & André Previn 1
Best Of... Julie Andrews 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Love, Julie Julie Andrews 1
1988 A Little Bit of Broadway Julie Andrews 1
2001 Classic Julie: Classic Broadway Julie Andrews 1
2001 Broadway's Fair Julie / Heartrending Ballads & Raucous Ditties Julie Andrews 1
2005 Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs Julie Andrews 1
Greatest Christmas Songs Julie Andrews 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Star! (1968 film cast) Julie Andrews 2
1987 The Sound of Christmas Julie Andrews 2
1993 Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967 film) Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, André Previn 1
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett 1

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