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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews was the only one director Robert Wise considered seriously for the role of "Maria".

 

The actress, born in Walton-on-Thames, England on October 1st, 1935, was a former child star of British revues and a very successful Broadway star (“The Boy Friend”, “My Fair Lady”, “Camelot”). Her theatrical training made her ideally suited to the filmmaking style that had had its heyday in the Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.

 

Her cinematic persona was established with her first appearence on screen as the magical title character in Walt Disney´s “Mary Poppins” (one of the top grossing films of all times). Winning an Oscar for “Mary Poppins” was also a personal coup for Andrews. Just before getting the role, she had lost the movie role of Eliza Doolittle (“My Fair Lady”) to Audrey Hepburn.

 

Andrew´s portrayals of Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp not only placed her at the forefront of bankable Hollywood stars of the 60s, but marked and, in effect, pigeonholed her career. She created strict but loving figures whose no-nonsense manner hid magical powers.

 

After a while, Julie Andrews became tired of her squeaky clean screen portrayals and like most actors, sought different kinds of roles. It is only in her more recent films with her husband, director Blake Edwards that the actress has succeeded in changing the sugar image that has followed her throughout her career.

 

In 1982, she earned another Academy Award nomination for “Victor/Victoria” which suggested that she had, at last, broken free of her “singing governess” image and had embarked on a promising new phase in her career. In 1996, Andrews appeared on Broadway in “Victor/Victoria”, once again on stage where she first began her show biz career.

 

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