Queen Julie Andrews is 84 today!The stage and screen legend celebrated her birthday at home with family.
Although she is known for her regal and graceful bearing, she grew up very poor in the slums of London. She was the result of her mother's affair with a family friend.Sometimes, her drunk stepfather would try to get into bed with her.
In 1945, she got her start as a singer on a vaudeville radio show. Her her adorable voice here:
At age 13, she sang England's national anthem for King George VI.
Her big break came on Broadway when she played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
Jack Warner, the studio head, decided to cast Audrey Hepburn instead of Julie in the film adaptation, because Audrey was more famous. So Disney cast Julie as Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award. When she accepted her Oscar, she said,
"And, finally, my thanks to a man who made a wonderful movie and who made all this possible in the first place, Mr. Jack Warner."
She starred as Cinderella in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
She starred as Guinevere in Camelot.
She starred as Maria in The Sound of Music.
She starred as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
She starred as Victoria (and Victor) in Victor/Victoria, playing a woman dressed as a man impersonating a woman.
But in 1997, she had surgery for nodules on her vocal cords and permanently lost her singing voice. She apparently did not have nodules at all; she filed a malpractice suit against Cedars Sinai.
She starred as the Queen of Genovia in The Princess Diaries, for Christ's sake.
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