Video Gallery: Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews! Here Are Some Songs For You
Guess what, gang? It’s Julie Andrews’ birthday today! The spectacular star of stage and screen is 76 today, and I’ve got to tell you, I can only hope that I look (and sound!) that great when I hit the big 7-6. So on this most glorious of days, we’d like to offer you a musical journey through the life and career of the inimitable Julie. Ready to sing along? Here we go!
Did you know that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was originally written for television? Neither did I, but apparently it was! Produced in 1957 as a vehicle for the 22-year-old Julie Andrews, it became an instant classic. If you’re a 20-something like me, you might remember the 1967 version with Lesley Ann Warren or the 1997 version with Brandy better, but there’s nothing like the original—especially when it comes to “Impossible,” charmingly sung as a duet between Julie as Cinderella and Edith Adams as the Fairy Godmother.
Mary Poppins (1964)
I was equal parts horrified and fascinated by Mary Poppins as a kid. On the one hand, it was sort of fascinating to watch Jane and Michael’s toys zoom around the room; but on the other, it looked suspiciously like Mary Poppins was actually siccing the toys on the kids. Maybe that’s why Scary Mary struck such a chord with me later on. Anyway, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, so bottoms up!
The Sound of Music (1965)
How do you solve a problem like Maria? With Julie Andrews, of course! Julie teamed up with Rodgers and Hammerstein again when she starred in the film adaptation of The Sound of Music in 1965. Oddly enough, I always think that I hate The Sound of Music— until I hear “My Favorite Things.” That song does it to me every time.