Praise for Julie Andrews

I would argue that Julie Andrews is, for many of us, an ideal symbol of a strong female figure in the Hollywood realm. I’ve personally never encountered someone who isn’t a fan of this classy-as-hell woman, and I’m honestly not surprised considering I think it would be difficult to find something to dislike about this fine lady.

An article from The Good News Network piqued my interest pertaining to this Hollywood legend, and I thought I would share its contents with all of you. Titled “8 Things You Didn’t Know About Julie Andrews – And What She’s Doing Now – on Her 85th Birthday,” let’s take a look and celebrate this phenomenal gal.

1. She never finished high school—too busy performing vaudeville—and regrets never having gone to college.

2. She launch a new podcast called Julie’s Library in which she and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, host story times—reading their favorite children’s books during 18 episodes, so far.

3. She wasn’t exactly ‘G-rated‘ on the set of The Sound of Music—the wind in the Alps made her cuss like a sailor. A lot.

4. She once played a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman in the movie Victor Victoria.

5. Her singing voice has never recovered since a 1997 surgery damaged her vocal cords. While she has performed a few musical numbers since then, she says it has all been ‘speech singing,’ effectively talking with the music because she can only reach a few bass notes. (At the 2015 Academy Awards she joined Lady Gaga on stage and gave her a hug after the 50th anniversary tribute to The Sound of Music.)

6. She became a best-selling author, publishing over 30 children’s books with her daughter and a 2019 memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, and says that writing them—and directing theater—has provided her with a new voice.

7. She almost didn’t get the part of Maria in The Sound of Music, until Walt Disney stepped in. Director Robert Wise had heard of her, but not seen her on film, and while Andrews had just completed ‘Mary Poppins,’ it hadn’t been released yet. Walt Disney generously sent Wise a clip of his movie — and it cinched the role for Andrews.

8. One of her biggest lifelong fans is Jon Stewart, who told her on the Daily Show he considers himself an ‘honorary Von Trapp,'” the article explains.

In case you needed more reason to celebrate this lady, here you are.

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