Dame Julia Elizabeth “Julie” Andrews, DBE is an English film and stage actress, a singer, an author, a theatre director, and a dancer. Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on 1 October 1935, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954).
Andrews made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins (1964), and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. She starred in The Sound of Music (1965), playing Maria, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Between 1964 and 1986, she starred in, The Americanization of Emily (1964), Hawaii (1966), Torn Curtain (1966),Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Star! (1968), The Tamarind Seed (1974), 10 (1979), Victor Victoria (1982), That’s Life! (1986), and Duet for One (1986).
Andrews has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, 5 Golden Globes, 3 Grammys, 2 Emmys, the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honors Award, and the Disney Legend Award. She is an author of children’s books, and has published her autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (2008).