Made famous by her spectacular roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews is an Oscar and Tony-winning actress, singer, and as of 2000, Dame Commander of the British Empire. Andrews made her Broadway debut at just 19 years old, and has since performed in numerous stage, film, and television productions. She has authored several children's’ books and launched The Julie Andrews Collection, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, in October 2003. In addition to her commitment to instill a sense of wonder in young readers, Andrews is also highly involved in the United Nations International Fund for Women, Operation USA, Save the Children, and the Foundation for Hereditary Disease.
Larry King sat down with the beloved actress and singer to discuss how writing has helped her cope with the loss of her singing voice. Here are a few things we learned from Larry’s interview with Andrews:
1. The first person Julie Andrews ever kissed was a Danish acrobat when she was 15 years old.
2. One thing she would like to change about herself would be to get a better education. She didn’t finish high school in England because she began touring and working in vaudeville.
3. Andrews cannot bake.
4. A few of her favorite songs include Kurt Weill's “My Ship” and “It Never Entered My Mind” from the Rodgers and Hart musical Higher and Higher.
5. One of Andrews’ favorite books is one her father gave to her when she was a child, called The Little Gray Men. She has since published it in the United States.
Watch the clip below from Julie Andrews’ interview with Larry King to hear about one of her hidden talents.
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