Best Known For
Julie Andrews is an Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress and singer famous for her roles in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.
Gene Kelly - Remembered (2:06)
Watch a short video about Julie Andrews and how this actress and singer kept "The Sound of Music" alive, even after having throat surgery.
Gene Kelly made his mark on Hollywood and, through his work both in front of and behind the camera, transformed the movie musical.
While filming "Singin' in the Rain," Gene Kelly was ill, his suits were shrinking underneath the hot lights, and he filmed for days in the rain. Despite all of this, he managed to perform one of the most famous scenes in movie history.
Gene Kelly, unlike Hollywood's other leading male dancer, Fred Astaire, brought an athletic quality to the movies when he danced on screen. His big break came in "Cover Girl" when he danced a duet… with himself.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Julie Andrews was born on October 1, 1935, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. She was a success on the English stage before duplicating that success on Broadway. She won an Academy Award for playing the title role in Mary Poppins and was nominated for her performance in The Sound of Music. Additionally,
"If you hold on to your words, your voice will pull through for you when you're singing. So be true to your vowels."
she received Tony Award nominations for her roles in Camelot and My Fair Lady. Andrews worked on a number of acclaimed films with husband Blake Edwards, and was made an English dame in 2000.
Singer and actress Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Andrews has been a popular stage and film actress and singer for many decades. She came from a musical family; her mother was a pianist and her stepfather was a singer.
Andrews first found success on the English stage in the late 1940s, and then moved to America in the 1950s, where she starred in the musical The Boyfriend from 1954 to 1955. The following year, she starred in My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle, a role that earned her a Tony Award nomination for best actress in a musical. She followed that stellar performance with another lead role in the musical Camelot in 1960, for which she earned her second Tony Award nomination.
Julie Andrews made the leap to film stardom in 1964 with lead roles in The Americanization of Emily, starring opposite James Garner; and Mary Poppins. It was as the lovable, magical nanny in Mary Poppins that Andrews won her first Academy Award for best actress. The following year, she was nominated for her part in another musical, The Sound of Music, which featured her in a care-giving role to the von Trapp family. Both Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music were hugely successful, winning Andrews fans around the globe. These films remain popular, gaining quite a following over the years.
In the 1980s, Andrews seemed to be ready for new challenges. She starred in 1981's S.O.B., which provided a satirical look at Hollywood and was directed by her second husband Blake Edwards. The next year, Andrews took gender-bending to new heights as a woman who pretends to be man pretending to a woman in Victor/Victoria—starring opposite James Garner and marking another collaboration with Edwards. Over the next several years, she would work on many projects with her husband, including Darling Lili (1970), The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and That's Life (1986).
In 1996, Andrews returned to Broadway in the stage production of Victor/Victoria. For her performance in the musical, she earned her third Tony Award nomination. However, she refused the nomination, stating that she felt the rest of the cast had been overlooked.
Andrews experienced a huge personal setback in the late 1990s, when her vocal chords were damaged during an operation. While she never regained her powerful, sharp singing voice, she continued to act in films and television movies.
profile name: Julie Andrews profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Best Actress Oscar Winners 68 people in this group
Originally called Toast of the Town, The Ed Sullivan Show ran from 1948-1971 on CBS and was an American staple in the 50s and 60s. The American variety show featured the Who's Who of celebritydom over the decades, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Lucille Ball, The Jackson 5, and The Doors.
The Ed Sullivan Show Guests 215 people in this group
You'll be surprised by some of the names included in Biography.com's group of celebrities who've written children's books. Dozens of celebs have penned literary works specially designed for kids, including Madonna, Billy Crystal, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jerry Seinfeld, Katie Couric, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno and Queen Latifah. Find out who else has ventured into the imaginative world of children's books.
Celebrities Who've Written Children's Books 43 people in this group