Dame Julie Andrews has been capturing hearts and imaginations since she was a small child. Not only gifted with an angelic voice and a reputed (and astonishing) four-octave range, Julie is a much-loved and talented actress too. When her voicebox was damaged during surgery, the world mourned but Julie found her voice once more (watch for the scene in Princess Diaries 2!) Take a look at some of our favourite moments of Julie Andrews onscreen.
1. As the charming, delightful Maria in The Sound of Music (1965). The Von Trapp children fell in love with her and so did their father. Who wouldn't? We believed Maria could bring any idea to life -- even a beautifully-tailored wardrobe made of curtains! We danced and sang along to every song, feeling every moment as if it were real.
2. As Queen Clarisse Rinaldi in Princess Diaries (2001), she had us believing she was the epitome of royalty. Confident, strong, strict and loving too, she was the perfect person to teach Mia (Anne Hathaway) to royal ropes.
3. When she reprised her regal role in Princess Diaries 2 (2004). Though we couldn't quite believe our eyes as she sailed down a grand staircase on a queen-sized mattress, we couldn't think of anything sweeter than to hear Julie singing again.
4. Many of us have the inimitable Mary Poppins (1964) to thank for jolly, cheerful childhood memories. We were positively entranced by Mary as she floated into our lives on an umbrella, opened her magic carpet bag that held a seemingly endless supply of creature comforts, and danced in parks and on rooftops making friends everywhere she went.
5. And finally, as Victoria Grant in Victor Victoria (1982), Julie had us captivated with her performance as a woman playing a man pretending to be a woman. A stunning script and a daring film for the time, Julie really pulled this role off as only she could.
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