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Julie Andrews

Highest Rated:   100% Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Lowest Rated:   14% Unconditional Love (2002)
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Birthplace:   Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, UK
The British actress, comedienne, singer and dancer Julie Andrews stakes a claim to fame for having one of the single most astonishing voices (four octaves!) of any entertainer alive. Yet the breadth of this raw ability is often hugely obscured by Andrews's milquetoast image and onscreen persona. Thus, in the late '60s, Andrews - who began her film career rooted firmly in family-oriented material - traveled far out of her way to expand her dramatic repertoire, with decidedly mixed results. A music-hall favorite since childhood, Andrews spent the war years dodging Nazi bombs and bowing to the plaudits of her fans. Thanks to her own talents and the persistence of her vaudevillian parents, Andrews maintained her career momentum with appearances in such extravaganzas as 1947's Starlight Roof Revue. It was in the role of a 1920s flapper in Sandy Wilson's satire The Boy Friend (1953) that brought Andrews to Broadway; and few could resist the attractively angular young miss warbling such deliberately sappy lyrics as "I Could Be Happy With You/If You Could Be Happy With Me." Following a live-TV performance of High Tor, Andrews regaled American audiences in the star-making role of cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the 1956 Broadway blockbuster My Fair Lady. The oft-told backstage story of this musical classic was enough to dissuade anyone from thinking that Andrews was an overnight success, as producer Moss Hart mercilessly drilled her for 48 hours to help her get her lines, songs and dialect in proper working order. In 1957, Andrews again enchanted TV audiences in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical adaptation of Cinderella. Later, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe -- also the composers of My Fair Lady -- developed the role of Guinevere in their 1960 musical Camelot with Andrews in mind, and the result was another Broadway triumph, albeit not as profitable as Fair Lady. Although a proven favorite with American audiences thanks to her frequent TV variety show appearances (notably a memorable 1962 teaming with Carol Burnett), Andrews did not make a motion picture until 1964. As Mary Poppins, Andrews not only headlined one of Walt Disney's all-time biggest moneymakers, but also won an Oscar -- sweet compensation for having lost the Eliza role to Audrey Hepburn for the adaptation of My Fair Lady. Andrews hoped that Mary Poppins would not type her in "goody-goody" parts, and, to that end, accepted a decidedly mature role as James Garner's love interest in The Americanization of Emily (1964). However, Andrews' next film, The Sound of Music (1965) effectively locked her into sweetness and light parts in the minds of moviegoers. On the strength of the success of Music, Andrews was signed to numerous Hollywood projects, but her stardom had peaked.Perhaps recognizing this, Andrews started to branch out fairly aggressively by the late '60s, with such "adult-oriented" pictures as Alfred Hitchcock's espionage thriller Torn Curtain. That film, and others (Hawaii, Star!) all flopped. In the late '60s, Andrews fell in love with and married the then white-hot American director Blake Edwards; her decision to collaborate with Edwards on a professional level, to boot, waxed incredibly strategic. Today, many view Edwards in a negative light for cranking out moronic studio fodder such as A Fine Mess and Sunset). In 1969, however, he sat among Hollywood's creme-de-la-creme, notorious for crafting mature genre pictures for adult audiences (The Days of Wine and Roses, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Experiment in Fear and sophisticated slapstick comedies unafraid to take chances (the Pink Panther series, The Party). By marrying Edwards and aligning herself with him creatively, then, Andrews was also consciously or unconsciously bucking to change her image. Unfortunately, the two began at a low ebb to end all low ebbs. The WWI musical farce Darling Lili (1970) featured Rock Hudson, electric musical numbe

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Despicable Me 3
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music
  • Actor
2011
81% Despicable Me
  • Gru's Mom
$251.5M 2010
58% Shrek Forever After
  • Queen
$238.4M 2010
18% The Tooth Fairy
  • Lily
$58.6M 2010
No Score Yet Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me
  • Actor
2009
93% Enchanted
  • Mary Poppins
$127.8M 2007
41% Shrek the Third
  • Queen
$320.8M 2007
No Score Yet Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic of the Happiest Place on Earth
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Sound Of Music Sing-Along Edition
  • Actor
2007
22% The Pink Panther
  • Producer
$82.3M 2006
No Score Yet Meet the Cast of Shrek 2
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Broadway: The American Musical
  • Actor
2004
25% The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement
  • Queen Clarisse Renaldi
$95.2M 2004
88% Shrek 2
  • Queen Lillian
$436.5M 2004
No Score Yet Broadway: The American Musical
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Eloise at Christmastime
  • Nanny
2003
No Score Yet Eloise at the Plaza
  • Nanny
2003
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Cat That Looked at a King
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet One Special Night
  • Dr. Catherine Howard
2002
14% Unconditional Love
  • Herself
2002
No Score Yet Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds
  • Actor
2001
47% The Princess Diaries
  • Queen Clarisse Renaldi
$107.8M 2001
No Score Yet Relative Values
  • Felicity
2000
No Score Yet My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound of Movies
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet A Fine Romance
  • Mrs. Pamela Piquet
1992
No Score Yet Our Sons (Too Little, Too Late)
  • Audrey Grant
1991
No Score Yet Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Julie Andrews Sings Her Favorite Songs
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Hanya: Portrait of a Pioneer
  • Host
1989
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jack Lemmon
  • Host
1988
No Score Yet Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas
  • Actor
1987
46% That's Life!
  • Gillian Faichild
1986
No Score Yet Duet for One
  • Stephanie Anderson
1986
36% The Man Who Loved Women
  • Marianna
1983
96% Victor Victoria
  • Victoria Grant
1982
90% S.O.B.
  • Sally Miles
$14.9M 1981
No Score Yet Little Miss Marker
  • Amanda
1980
71% 10
  • Samantha Taylor
1979
83% The Pink Panther Strikes Again
  • Singing voice of Ainslie Jarvis
1976
No Score Yet The Tamarind Seed
  • Judith Farrow
1974
No Score Yet Darling Lili
  • Lili Smith
1970
No Score Yet Star!
  • Gertrude Lawrence
1968
100% Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Millie Dillmount
1967
No Score Yet The Singing Princess
  • Actor
1967
75% Hawaii
  • Jerusha Hale
1966
65% Torn Curtain
  • Sarah Sherman
1966
86% The Sound of Music
  • Maria
1965
100% The Americanization of Emily
  • Emily Barham
1964
100% Mary Poppins
  • Mary Poppins
1964
No Score Yet Cinderella
  • Cinderella
1957
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet The Singing Princess
  • Princess Zeila
1949

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Julie's Greenroom
2017
  • Ms. Julie
  • Creator
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Cinderella
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Performer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2001

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