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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Julie Andrews made her way from Vaudeville to Broadway to
Hollywood and back again -- singing all the way -- and her movies have encompassed
some of the business's biggest blockbusters as well as most expensive bombs.
But from nanny to nun to German spy, wholesome or sexually ambiguous, Julie
has proved herself a talented actress and comedienne -- and of course there's
always that voice.
After years of successful musical performances on Broadway,
Walt Disney gave
Julie the chance to make her mark in movies when he offered her the title
role in his live-action musical adaptation of the popular P.L. Travers
children's book MARY
(a .MP3 file courtesy The Walt
Julie's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious film debut performance
as the Banks Family's no-nonsense, English nanny (with a little more up
her sleeve than those around her realize) won her the Academy Award for
Best Actress of the year and the film itself was nominated for an incredible
thirteen Oscars, taking home five of them.
- "Seems for all your charm, you're a scoundrel, Charlie. Seems
I don't mind making love to a scoundrel, but I think it's immoral to marry
one." --as Emily in THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964).
- "As I say, I'm grotesquely sentimental." --as Emily in
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964).
- "I fall in love too easily and I shatter too easily."
--as Emily in THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964).
- "You're a scientist. You're supposed to respect the natural
order of all things. Breakfast comes before lunch, and marriage comes
before a honeymoon cruise." --as Sarah Sherman in TORN CURTAIN (1966).
- "God is spirit. I am flesh. God is to be
worshipped. A wife needs only to be loved." --as Jerusha Hale in
- "Goodbye, Trolley People." --as Queen Clarisse in THE PRINCESS DIARIES
Also in 1964, before the release of
the word had gotten around about Julie and she was cast opposite James
Garner in Arthur Hiller's military comedy/drama THE AMERICANIZATION OF
Probably the most famous role of Julie's career, that of Maria von
Trapp in THE SOUND OF
MUSIC (1965) was oddly enough one she was skeptical about taking due
to the sometimes overly-sugary sweetness of the Broadway version of Rodgers
and Hammerstein's musical. Changes were made in the transition to film however,
and what resulted was one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history.
Not only did THE SOUND OF
MUSIC smash box office records, but it walked away with ten Academy Award
nominations and five Oscars, including that for Best Picture. For her part,
Julie was nominated as Best Actress, but the prize went to Julie Christie for
Sound of Music" (clip) (a .AU file courtesy Rhino
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