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"A frank, intriguing memoir."
--People "Painfully shrewd, and written with real delicacy and pathos."
--The New York Times Book Review "Home reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45 years ago: intelligence, gentle humor, and a clear, sweet, surprisingly powerful voice . . . In warmly nostalgic later chapters, the book begins to glow."
--Entertainment Weekly "A delightful remembrance of her own childhood, and an engrossing prelude to her cinematic career . . . Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Frank and fascinating . . . Andrews comes across as plainspoken, guilelessly charming and resoundingly tough."
--Time In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie Andrews takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Review
Syphilis, alcoholism, infidelity, and indeterminate parentage may seem improbable touchstones in the back story of one who didn't so much portray as embody the blithe Maria in The Sound of Music. But as this memoir of her formative years makes clear, there is more gravitas to Andrews than meets the eye. From her childhood in rural England and initial forays into British theater, to her first massive successes on Broadway and in the West End--notably as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady--Home puts her celebrated career in context. While arguably offering more detail about the Andrews family than necessary, it nevertheless dishes wonderful anecdotes about legends and Andrews contemporaries like Noël Coward, Rex Harrison, Robert Goulet, Richard Burton, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, in prose as crisp and immaculate as the author herself. It also offers a revealing look into the intricate, exhaustive craft of performing--skills often taken for granted in tabloid times. Since the book ends just as Andrews is about to launch into the celluloid stratosphere, can Volume II be far behind? After Home, it would be most welcome. --Kim Hughes


CAROL BURNETT introduces Honoree Julie Andrews at the 24th Kennedy Center Honors awards ceremony and sings "Old Friends" to her.

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" How Common and John Legend's performance of 'Glory' fired up Oscar night's idling empathy machine ": Salon 's Sonia Saraiya writes beautifully about the telecast's finest moments. Related : Indiewire 's Eric Kohn argues " Why the Spirit Awards Need to Stop Mimicking the Oscars. " See also : Slate 's Laura Bennett interviews Henry Hobson, the " graphic design mastermind behind the best part of the Oscars. “Standing ovations aren’t exactly rare at the Oscars—though they are rare for a category as marginal as Best Original Song. David Oyelowo , the star of ‘Selma,’ was openly sobbing in his seat (directly in front of Oprah). Presenter Jessica Chastain was visibly moved. Immediately after the performance, ‘Glory’ won best song, and the entire audience stood up again. Was it motivated by guilt, or by an especially good performance of the song, or something else entirely. I don’t know, but once the artists finished their (very moving) speech, the audience stood up and applauded, again. ) I wondered about this as the telecast continued, for the audience seemed unlocked by ‘Glory,’ and the latter half of the show was a lot more emotionally freewheeling than the former. The audience that could barely muster up the energy to applaud through the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the show rose to its feet again when Julie Andrews walked out to present Best Original Score, at least in part because musician Lady Gaga poured... ’ An hour earlier, that might have been just another moment the Oscars audience would have stonefacedly not cared about. And as the awards limped to their silly, anticlimactic close—where three or four movies about white men bickered over which should be the winner—it was abundantly clear that the real story of the night was about how the typically stodgy ceremony... Given the academy’s self-satisfied enthusiasm for ‘Birdman,’ an ‘arty’ film that confirms the body’s pretensions to sophistication, it is not too surprising that ‘Selma’ got snubbed along with the Roger Ebert documentary ‘Life Itself,’ in which... Source: All Content

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    02/23/15 ,via Hollywood Reporter

    Lady Gaga's Sound of Music medley at Sunday's Oscars was notable for many reasons -- namely, how stripped-down the whole affair was, with the pop star's beautiful voice taking center stage instead of the theatrics of her early career. The cherry on top

  • Julie Andrews Hasn't Seen Fifty Shades of Grey but Likes the Idea of a ...

    02/23/15 ,via E! Online

    Julie Andrews and spankingtwo things you probably didn't imagine to read in one sentence. Yet here we are. After an eventful night at the 2015 Oscars, the iconic actress and singer stopped to chat with Kelly Ripa for Live! With Kelly and Michael's


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  • Julie Andrews

    Macmillan. 2008. ISBN: 1429943874,9781429943871. 384 pages.

    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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  • Mary Poppins Sings Death Metal Version of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! The End is Near!

    02/26/15 ,via Student Operated Press

    "Watch Julie Andrews` Mary Poppins belt out a death metal version of the Disney favorite `Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious` -- with a little help. Youtuber Andy Rehfeldt`s hilarious clip syncs in vocals by Sera Hatchett and Thomas Hinds, with Rehfeldt ...

  • Original 'Mary Poppins' slams when song is swapped for death metal

    02/26/15 ,via CNet

    Witness Dick Van Dyke in his barbershop-quartet garb, Julie Andrews in her Bo Peep duds and the cadre of cartoon buffoons serving as the band in the background. If you ever thought that scene from the movie was just a little too saccharine, you just might ...

  • Andy Rehfeldt's death metal Mary Poppins mashup will make you see the Disney classic a new light

    02/26/15 ,via Entertainmentwise

    Although, the thought of Julie Andrews moshing to her infamous performance has definitely tickled us a lot. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, was originally written by brothers Robert and Richard Sherman. Younger brother Richard revealed the song was ...


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