Julie Andrews Essay

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American Musical Theatre History Julie Andrews Some see Julie Andrews as one of the most influential musical theatre performers of the last half of the 20th century. Others, myself included, wish that she could be their honorary grandmother and just sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “My Favorite Things” with them all day long. Whether you like to respect her brilliance from a distance or want nothing more than to have a pajama party with her, like in the recent film The Princess Diaries II, there is certainly no denying that Julie Andrews’s performances have had a major impact on the lives of many. Thanks to the success of the films Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, she has become a beloved household name and her performances are sure to be treasured by many generations to come. Julie Andrews was born on October 1, 1935 in Walton on Thames, Surrey, England to Barbara and Edward C. Wells. Her mother was a piano player and travelled around performing constantly during Julie’s childhood. She was never very close to her mother because she was always away at some performance, but to this day her mother remains one of the most influential people of her life. It was from her mother that she inherited her musical awareness and her infamous perfect pitch. When Julie was very young her parents separated, and her mother remarried a man named Ted Andrews who she had performed in a musical act with for couple of years. Ted would sing and Barbara would play the piano. Ted was actually the first one to teach Julie how to sing. In the spring of 1943, when she was only seven years old, Julie began taking singing lessons with Ted and enrolled in a conservatory for the performing arts in London where her aunt was a dance instructor. She had a very rigorous schedule for her age. In the mornings she would take her academic classes and then in the

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