Julie Andrews: A life in pictures
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Julie Andrews: Life in pictures

Julie Andrews: A life in pictures

Julie Andrews’ performing career, from child star to Broadway darling to modern matriarch, has spanned nearly seven decades. She was named a dame by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and she has won an Oscar, two Emmys and three Golden Globes, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Here’s a look at some of the moments that helped define Andrews as a musical icon.

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‘Cinderella’ (1957)
Julie Andrews sings in the 1957 live broadcast of “Cinderella.”
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‘Camelot’ (1961)

Julie Andrews and Richard Burton in the leading stage roles of the musical “Camelot” on Feb. 2, 1961.

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‘Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall’ (1962)
Julie Andrews, left, and Carol Burnett clown around in the Emmy-winning CBS special. The pair reunited for several more shows throughout their careers. (Los Angeles Times file photo)
‘Mary Poppins’ (1964)

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews gaze over London from their rooftop perch in “Mary Poppins,” Andrews’ first film. Andrews agreed to take the part if she was not cast in the pending film “My Fair Lady.” Audrey Hepburn nabbed the role Andrews wanted, but Andrews’ big-screen debut in “Mary Poppins” was a huge hit and earned her an Academy Award. Hepburn wasn’t nominated.

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Academy Awards (1965)

Julie Andrews, left, poses with Sidney Poitier after he presented her the lead actress Oscar for her role in “Mary Poppins.”

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Academy Awards (1965)

Julie Andrews waves as she arrives at the Oscars with her then-husband, set designer Tony Walton. The couple divorced in 1967 after eight years of marriage.

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‘The Sound of Music’ (1965)

Julie Andrews’ iconic character Maria teaches the seven Von Trapp children how to sing. Andres was fresh off  the heels of her “Mary Poppins” success, and her performance in “The Sound of Music” garnered another lead actress Oscar nomination. The movie remains one of the highest-grossing of all time.

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‘Darling Lili’ premiere (1970)

Julie Andrews and her second husband, writer and director Blake Edwards, make a public appearance soon after they secretly wed in November 1969. After “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” Andrews wanted to shed her sugary-sweet image and take on more serious parts. Edwards helped in this endeavor, casting Andrews in roles unlike any she’d played before.

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‘Mandy’ (1971)

Julie Andrews poses with her 14-year-old stepdaughter, Jennifer Edwards, after writing her first children’s book, “Mandy.” Andrews wrote the book, a story of an orphan girl, after Jennifer challenged her stepmother to stop swearing at home. Andrews lost the bet but kept her end of the bargain and wrote the book for Jennifer. She wrote several more children’s books in later years.

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‘S.O.B.’ (1981)

Julie Andrews plays Sally Miles, who cringes as her husband, press agent and director plead with her to bare her breasts in the film-within-a-film. The scene shocked audiences and paved the way for Andrews to step out of the squeaky-clean roles that marked her earlier career.

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‘Victor Victoria’ (1982)
Julie Andrews poses as her dual-sided character in “Victor Victoria.” The movie, about a golden-throated woman impersonating a man impersonating a woman, earned Andrews an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win. (David Appleby / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Golden Globes (1983)
Julie Andrews poses with her Golden Globe lead actress award for her performance in “Victor Victoria.” (Penni Gladstone / Los Angeles Times)
(1986)
Blake Edwards, left, gives his wife a loving kiss in their Century City office suite in 1986. The couple remained together until Edwards’ death in 2010. “He was the most unique man I have ever known — and he was my mate,” Andrews said when he died. “He will be missed beyond words and will forever be in my heart.” (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
‘The King and I’ (1992)

Julie Andrews belts it out at a Sony Studios scoring stage, singing the role of Anna for a 1992 recording of “The King and I.” Andrews was forced to quit Broadway performances after she developed vocal problems in 1997 and underwent throat surgery that left her unable to sing.

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‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’ (2004)

Julie Andrews, left, reprises her role as Queen Clarisse Renaldi, the regal grandmother charged with preparing Anne Hathaway’s Mia Thermopolis for the throne. The successful 2001 rags-to-riches movie “The Princess Diaries” marked a revival in Andrews’ career. The sequel featured the song “Your Crowning Glory” -- the first time Andrews had sung on film since her throat surgery. Andrews nailed the song on the first take, bringing tears to the eyes of listening crew members, the film’s music supervisor told BBC News.

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‘Tooth Fairy’ (2010)

Julie Andrews presides over all of Fairyland as tooth fairy matriarch Lily. Andrews also did voice-overs for several family movies, including “Despicable Me,” “Enchanted” and the “Shrek” sequels.

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(2010)

Eternally youthful, Julie Andrews in her Beverly Hills hotel suite. She “dreadfully” missed singing, she told The Times, but she had plenty left on her to-do list. “I’d love to go back to school,” she said. “I’d love to learn languages, I’d love to direct more projects ... and certainly other books.”

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(2015)

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer attend the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival opening night gala 50th anniversary screening of “The Sound Of Music” at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on March 26, 2015, in Hollywood.

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‘Julie’s Greenroom’ (2017)

Julie Andrews in a scene from the Netflix series “Julie’s Greenroom.”

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(2017)

From left, Julie Andrews, Christine Baranski and Carol Burnett perform onstage during Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Gala on Feb. 1, 2017. 

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