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Biography #2 (for Shrek 2)

For more than half a century, Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage, screen and television. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964's Mary Poppins. Andrews' iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. She received her third Academy Award nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her dual role in Victor/Victoria.

Today's film audiences most recently saw Andrews as a queen trying to train her teenaged granddaughter to be a princess in The Princess Diaries. She will reprise her role in the upcoming sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. Her earlier motion picture credits also include The Americanization of Emily, Hawaii, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Star!, Darling Lili, and 10, to name only a few.

Andrews was born and raised in England, where she first came to fame as a young musical performer on stage and on radio. She was still in her teens when she made her way across the Atlantic and to Broadway, where she made her debut in 1953 in the musical The Boy Friend. She went on to create the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe's Broadway musical My Fair Lady, which became an instant classic and the longest-running musical of its day. Andrews also won a New York Drama Critics Award and garnered a Tony Award nomination for her performance. She received another Tony Award nomination in 1961 when she originated the role of Queen Guinevere in the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. Thirty-five years later, Andrews returned to Broadway to star in the 1996 stage adaptation of Victor/Victoria.

Andrews has also been honored for her work on television, beginning in 1957 with her Emmy-nominated performance in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Cinderella. She later won an Emmy Award for her own musical variety series, The Julie Andrews Hour, and also earned Emmy nominations for Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center, with her close friend Carol Burnett, her appearance on The Andy Williams Show, and her performance in the special The Sound of Julie Andrews. Andrews' more recent television work includes Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime, and she also starred opposite Christopher Plummer in the CBS production of On Golden Pond.

Andrews received her honours as a Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve 1999. She was also a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree.

Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "Shrek 2" (10-Jun-2004)


Biography #3

One of the most gifted and beloved stars of Broadway and Hollywood, Julie Andrews' remarkable career in film, theatre, television and recording arts spans several decades and numerous honors for her work. The Princess Diaries marks Andrews' first feature film for Walt Disney Pictures since making her motion picture debut in Mary Poppins, for which she earned an Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as honors from the British Academy and the New York Film Critics Circle. Andrews received her second Academy Award nomination for her role as Maria in the screen version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein stage hit The Sound of Music, and she was nominated a third time by the Academy for her performance in the film musical Victor/Victoria, for which she also earned a Golden Globe Award.

Andrews starred earlier this year in the English film version of Noel Coward's Relative Values, and she portrayed herself in a cameo appearance in the forthcoming film Unconditional Love, starring Rupert Everett, Kathy Bates and Dan Aykroyd, directed by P.J. Hogan. Her other films include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Darling Lili, S.O.B., 10, That's Life and Hawaii.

Andrews received critical and popular acclaim for her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, and additional accolades for her creation of the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison. She later returned to Broadway to star in Camelot opposite Richard Burton, and more recently, she starred in the hit stage version of Victor/Victoria.

Andrews is the author of several children's books, including The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and Mandy, which, respectively, have maintained best-seller status for over 25 years. Additionally Little Bo, which was released last year and re-released this year as a CD/book have been top sellers for Hyperion Books. A Little Bo sequel is due out in the fall of 2001. Andrews also co-authored with her daughter Emma Walton, a successful series of children's' books the Dumpy series, which features illustrations by Tony Walton. Hyperion Books released the first two installments of Dumpy last year and one more will be released this fall (Dumpy Saves Christmas) and yet another installment to be released in 2002 (Dumpy and the Big Storm).

Andrews' television series for ABC, The Julie Andrews Hour, earned eight Emmy Awards, and her numerous specials include Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall and Julie and Carol Together Again, with her friend Carol Burnett. She recently starred with Christopher Plummer in the live television event On Golden Pond.

Among Andrews' many charitable and philanthropic activities is her role as United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Ms. Andrews was honored this year by The Society of Singers, at a star-studded gala celebrating her incomparable career achievements.

Bio courtesy Disney (01-Jan-2000)


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