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Julie Andrews is an Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress and singer famous for her roles in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.
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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.
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Andrews also received a special distinction around this time: Being made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II of England. As befitting as an English dame, she played royalty in the film The Princess Diaries (2001) and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).
More recently, Julie Andrews performed as the voice of Queen Lillian in the second and third installments of the animated film series Shrek. Additionally, she has written several children's books with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, from her first marriage to Tony Walton. (Andrews has two daughters from her marriage to Edwards: Amy and Joanna.)
For several decades, Andrews has been entertaining and delighting audiences worldwide. In 2007, she received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for her professional accomplishments.
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