Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, Tony Awards, 1999 by Rivka S. Katvan
Candid of Julie Andrews at the premiere of The Sound of Music
and who’s the guy behind her?
I ask Andrews if she had princess fantasies as a child. It’s an admittedly loaded question, since her 2008 autobiography, ‘Home’, painted a picture of poverty and deprivation with an alcoholic stepfather who tried to sexually abuse her on several occasions.
“Did I ever believe I’d become a princess?” she asks. “Please. I think that given my story, it was a miracle and a godsend that I found a talent that gave me an identity. I think it saved my life. I could have been a very lost individual.”
She pauses a long time. “Although I do recall driving past Buckingham Palace one day and asking my mother, ‘Do you think I could ever have tea with the queen?’ And she said, ‘If you play your cards right and you’re a decent young woman, it might happen.’ And she was right. It did.”
How to be a BAMF by Julie Andrews
the ultimate HBIC
May 8, 2010: Julie Andrews live at the O2, London.
And I was there. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years already… It was a truly magical evening. Never in my life did I imagine I would end up seeing Julie Andrews live on a stage. SINGING. I can still remember all the excitement… the moment we arrived at the O2 and saw all the posters with Julie’s face and started to freak out. WE’RE HERE! THIS IS HAPPENING! JULIE ANDREWS! WE’RE GOING TO SEE JULIE ANDREWS! and the moment when we finally took our seats in this enormous venue, waiting for The Queen, fidgeting, holding hands and DYING. and then when the lights went off and the music began and the big screen started showing Julie’s movies and songs… I was crying already. Then she appeared. Julie Andrews was there. This legend of a woman was there and she was gonna sing for us. I really can’t find the right words to explain what this evening was like. As you know “The Gift of Music” is not a real concert, it’s a show where other singers perform and Julie joins in singing small parts and reading. BUT. She did have her solos: My Funny Valentine and A Cockeyed Optimist. This last one left everyone speechless because we did not expect a) that she would sing it and b) that she still had so much power in her voice. I mean, what about that belting at the end?! The Queen still got it. I was crying SO. HARD. This moment alone made the whole concert worth it for me. Julie was back, as if she never had the damn surgery. She gave us her all, and we loved her for that.
two years ago. and I still get chills
Julie Andrews learning that turkeys are bisexual.
Yes, I bow to your power and knowledge!
You are a legend. You are a cultural icon. When you wake up in the morning do you realize just how important a place you have in our entertainment…
Julie: Of course, I stretch and I say, ‘Yes I’m a cultural icon and where’s my make-up. No of course I don’t.
It must be flattering.
Julie: It’s awesome. It’s flattering and I’m very grateful. If they only knew how little I feel I know.
When I think about how successful Adele’s surgery went, I just want to cry a lot because I wish Julie Andrews’ doctor was as competent as hers.
I WAS SO THINKING THAT A FEW WEEKS AGO
Adele’s surgery was successful because of what happened to Julie Andrews:
“We have generally tried to advance the state-of-the-art of voice surgery over the last 15 years, developing instruments, laser technologies, and the ability to do things that simply weren’t done even 10 years ago, with very famous case of Julie Andrews,” Dr. Steven Zeitels, director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery, said.
Andrews, one of the most beloved stars of all time, lost her singing voice after a botched surgery with another doctor. She’s now had four procedures with Dr. Zeitels and works with him on a voice restoration foundation.”