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National Treasure: Julie Andrews

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born 1 October 1935) is an English actress, singer, author and true national treasure.

A former child star in England, Andrews performed in Broadway musicals such as The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady and in a TV role as Cinderella, before landing a part in Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music. These films made Andrews’ career and are the 25th and 3rd highest grossing films of all time, respectively.

From 1964 to 1967, Andrews was the biggest film star in the world, with the additional box office successes of her subsequent films The Americanization of Emily, Hawaii, Torn Curtain, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Following quieter periods in the 70s, 80s and 90s, Andrews’ film career had a revival in the 2000s, with kids’ films such as The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Shrek and Despicable Me.  Andrews has also worked as a stage director, and as an author of children’s books and her autobiography.

She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People’s Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours.

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