Before Sarah-Louise Young opens June 12 in Julie Madly Deeply, a musical ode to showbiz legend Julie Andrew featuring songs from Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady, we asked the writer-performer-Andrews aficionado to share some of her favorite, lesser-known facts about the Academy Award–winning legend.
And for more about Andrews, Julie Madly Deeply is currently playing as part of the 59E59 Theatres Brits Off Broadway festival through June 29. Directed by Russell Lucas (who also contributed to Young's script), the show co-stars Michael Roulston.
She swears like a sailor… By her own admission the sweet-lipped Andrews enjoys a bawdy blue word from time to time. Good for her.
She might be a ghost… her singing teacher Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen thought Julie was the reincarnation of famous opera singer Adelina Patti.
She’s a team player… She may have Oscars, BAFTAS, Grammys, and Golden Globes to her name, but Julie Andrews snubbed her Tony nomination for Victor/Victoria out of loyalty to her "egregiously overlooked" cast.
She’s a great kisser… according to close friend Carol Burnett! The friends staged a smooch to surprise director Mike Nichols one night as he emerged out of an elevator. Their creative collaborations are some of my favorites from her career, and she is a brilliant comedian.
She’s a rebel… She might be most famous for playing nannies and nuns but Julie Andrews has always tried to break the mold. From baring her assets in SOB to working with Alfred Hitchcock in Torn Curtain, notoriously upsetting the Catholic church, there is so much more to her than song and dance. Even when she did make music, a country duet with Johnny Cash is not what you might have expected from Dame Julie.
She’s been working for over 70 years… As the main bread-winner in her family from her early teens, Dame Julie Andrews has never been shy of hard work. At the age of 83 and after over seven decades in the business, she is as busy as ever. Just check out her Twitter feed!