Julie Andrews on princesses, Disney and a new 'Mary Poppins' film

Have you purchased a gift for the tiara wearer in your life? Don't worry, there's still time. The Walt Disney Co. and Target are introducing National Princess Week April 22-28. Like Secretary's Day and Grandparents Day, National Princess Week is designed to move merchandise -- with it comes a 10th anniversary Blu-ray release of “The Princess Diaries” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, as well as an array of pink-hued products.

But the week also provides a timely excuse to ponder the deeper questions of princessdom with the help of Andrews, 76. The star of "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" coauthored with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, “The Very Fairy Princess” children’s book series, and she'll appear at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Sunday, April 22, with her latest title, “The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl!”

Andrews spoke with 24 Frames about the princess phase, Walt Disney's affection for fairies and plans for a movie about the making of "Mary Poppins."

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— Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times


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