Whether it's as a nanny, a queen or a cross-dresser, Julie Andrews has commanded the audience's respect and affection for more than 50 years.
In honor of her accomplishments, the performer will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for her career achievement and humanitarian efforts.
"Julie Andrews is a woman of great generosity, creativity, courage, elegance and wit," says SAG president Alan Rosenberg in a statement. "She embodies and transcends the memorable roles she has created. Julie has been a positive presence in my life and continues to inspire multiple generations. I believe it is exceptionally significant to be recognized by people who do the same work you do. Julie seems genuinely touched and thrilled to be receiving an award from her fellow actors. I have assured her the honor is ours."
Andrews won acclaim for her Broadway theater work in shows like "My Fair Lady," but it's her unforgettable film roles that make her a global, multi-generational favorite. She's received two Oscar nominations for her leading roles in "The Sound of Music" and "Victor/Victoria" and took the prize home in her film debut as the iconic "Mary Poppins."
A new generation recognizes her as the benevolent Queen Clarisse in the comedic "Princess Diaries" movies and for her regal voice in the "Shrek" films. The third "Shrek" installment will hit theaters in summer 2007.
Andrews, who has been married to director-producer Blake Edwards for nearly 37 years, can also boast success on the small screen. She won Emmys for her performance in the 1957 version of the Rodgers and Hammerstien musical "Cinderalla" and her musical variety series "The Julie Andrews Hour." Nods also went to "Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center," her appearance on "The Andy Williams Show" and "Sounds of Christmas."
The actress, who was named as a Dame of the British Empire in 1999, is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Develepment Fund for Women, a founding board member of Operation U.S.A. and a best-selling children's author.
The SAG awards special honoring Andrews will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Jan. 28.
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