The 5 Best Julie Andrews Movies
Known for her poise, charm, wit and distinct voice, multi-award-winning actress, singer, author and director Dame Julie Andrews has played some of the most beloved characters in film history. Andrews began her career at an early age performing on stage with her parents, following her first voice acting role in 1952, she made the switch to Broadway in The Boy Friend, then as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, a role which led to her being cast in the first television adaptation of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
As the titular character Mary Poppins in the Disney live adaptation of P. L. Travers‘s book series, and Maria in the musical The Sound of Music, Andrews sang and danced her way into the hearts of millions of fans all over the world. For Mary Poppins she won an Oscar, and Sound of Music the Golden Globe. Throughout the early 70s, Andrews hosted a number of televised variety shows which featured guests such as Carol Burnett and Harry Belafonte. After losing her singing voice due to throat surgery in 1997, Andrews made her comeback to film in the widely popular comedy The Princess Diaries, followed by recurring roles in the Shrek, and Despicable me, and various television series. No matter what role she plays, Dame Julie Andrews always will always be an inspiration to audiences.
The Sound of Music (1965)
Finding that the life of a novitiate is unsuitable for Maria (Andrews), The Mother Abbess sends her to the von Trapp family home to be the governess to Captain Georg von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven rambunctious and precocious children. If there is one role that would be considered the quintessential Julie Andrews role, it would be that of Maria. There is nothing better than seeing her being loving and carefree with the children, then turning to the Captain, and taking him to task for his harsh reprimands of them. The music and score by famed writing duo Richard Rodgers an Oscar Hammerstein II have endured the test of time, and even inspire fans to visit the city of Salzburg to recreate the iconic scenes.
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Mary Poppins (1964)
In this musical classic, a mysterious woman descends from the sky after receiving a want ad for a nanny. With the use of songs and magic. Mary Poppins (Andrews) takes her two young charges, Jane and Michael, along with chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke), on magical adventures into fictional worlds. With Mary Poppins audiences fell in love with Andrews. Her voice – both singing and speaking – became instantly recognizable, and the music some of the most famous in film history.
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The Princess Diaries (2001)
Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is an awkward, clumsy 15-year-old has learned she is heir to the throne of Genovia, but her relationship with his grandmother, Queen Clarisse (Andrews) doesn’t quite start off on the right foot. As Mia learns what is expected of her a future queen, she and Clarisse grow closer together and learn about each other’s worlds. There was no more perfect role for Andrews to come out of her acting retirement than playing a queen. She is as charming as ever, and you can’t help but wish she was your grandmother too.
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Broke, hungry and out of work singer Victoria Grant (Andrews) meets Carol “Toddy” Todd (Robert Preston), who convinces her to become a female impersonator in Paris nightclubs. Of course, things become complicated as Victoria tries to keep her real identity a secret from her co-workers, and nightclub owner King Marchand (James Garner), and his girlfriend who has suspicions about Victor’s true identity. Victor/Victoria is a hilarious movie that allows audiences to see what Andrews is capable of as a performer, both dramatically and comedically.
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Shrek 2 (2004)
Now that Shrek (Mike Myers) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are happily married, they have just one thing to do…tell her parents. But as feared, Fiona’s parents Queen Lillian (Andrews) and King Harold, aren’t too thrilled to see what’s become of their daughter. Making her first voice appearance in the Shrek series, Andrews fit perfectly with the other actors, giving her own unique intonations and quirks to Queen Lillian.
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