Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography

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Macmillan, Mar 18, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages
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Julie Andrews is the last of the great Hollywood musical stars, unequaled by any in her time.

In My Fair Lady, Julie Andrews had the biggest hit on Broadway. As the title character in Mary Poppins, she won an Academy Award. And, in 1965, The Sound of Music made her the most famous woman in the world and rescued Twentieth Century Fox from bankruptcy. Three years later, the disastrous Star! almost put the studio back under, and the leading lady of both films fell as spectacularly as she had risen.

Her film career seemed over.

Yet Julie Andrews survived, with what Moss Hart, director of My Fair Lady, called “that terrible British strength that makes you wonder why they lost India.”  Victor/Victoria, directed by her second husband, Blake Edwards, reinvented her screen image---but its stage version in 1997 led to the devastating loss of her defining talent, her singing voice.

Against all odds, she has fought back again, with leading roles in The Princess Diaries and Shrek 2. The real story of bandy-legged little Julia Wells from Walton-on-Thames is even more extraordinary; fresh details of her family background have only recently come to light.

This is the first completely new biography of Julie Andrews as artist, wife, and mother in over thirty-five years---combining the author’s interviews with the star and his wide-ranging and riveting research. It is a frank but affectionate portrait of an enduring icon of stage and screen, who was made a Dame in the Millenium Honours List. 

Once dubbed “the last of the really great broads” by Paul Newman, she was the only actress in the 2002 BBC poll The 100 Greatest Britons. But who was Dame Julie, and who is she now?

This is her story.

  

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User Review  - Fiona Egan - Goodreads

It's more interesting watching paint dry. I will never get those hours back. Read full review

Review: Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography

User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

I had hoped for something more interesting, but it was not to be. At least I can now say, after reading this, I do know the woman a bit more than I did before. That I suppose is what the book's purpose was about anyway. Read full review

Contents

The Once and Future Star
1
The Other Side of the Tracks
29
America
51
The Fairest Lady
66
Tony
82
Tiptoe through the Cut Glass
99
Flying
118
The Sound of Stardom
136
Singing for her Supper
249
Back with a Vengeance
265
Matters of Life and Death
278
Curtain Call
299
Indian Summer
318
Grande Dame
337
Postscript
356
Bibliography
359

On the Couch
155
Blake
173
The Rhinestone Follies
193
From Bad to Worse
213
Out in the Cold
229
Filmography
363
Picture credits
370
Index
371
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About the author (2008)

Richard Stirling lives in London. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and has appeared on film, television, and the London and American stage. As a writer, his features include articles on Dame Julie Andrews for many British publications; he was also curator of the star’s seventieth birthday film retrospective at the National Film Theatre in 2005.

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