Dame Julie Andrews: ‘My biggest disappointment? Losing my singing voice’

the Guardian | 10/19/2019 | Rosanna Greenstreet
Born in Surrey, Julie Andrews, 84, began performing at 12. In the 50s, she made her Broadway stage debut in The Boy Friend and then starred in My Fair Lady. She played the title role in the 1964 film Mary Poppins, winning an Academy Award, and in 1965 made The Sound Of Music. Her second memoir, Home Work, has just been published. Andrews raised five children with her late husband, Blake Edwards, and lives on Long Island, New York.

What is your earliest memory?

Mother - Lap - Car - Father - House

Sitting on my mother’s lap in the car and, as my father pulled up to our little house in Walton, saying what they tell me is my very first word – home.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Insecurity

Insecurity.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Thoughtlessness - Lack - Consideration - Others

Thoughtlessness and lack of consideration for others.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Stage - Child - Dirty - Socks - Dress

Performing on stage as a child in dirty, rain-spattered socks. I had forgotten to pack my dress shoes, so my mother painted white ballet slippers over my socks with what they used to call “wet white”. But my socks were still wet and I left little white footprints all over the stage.

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?

Painting - Painter - Charles - Burchfield - Plexus

I saw a very expensive painting by a wonderful American painter called Charles Burchfield. I really loved it – it hit me in the solar plexus – and I thought if I did three extra concerts on tour, I might be able to afford it. And I did.

What is your phone wallpaper?

Poodles - Button - Barney

My poodles, Button and Barney.

What is your greatest fear?

Kids

Something happening to my kids.

What would your superpower be?

Poverty

Ending poverty.

What makes you unhappy?

Kids

If my kids are unhappy, I can’t relax or be happy at all.

What is your most unappealing habit?

Interrupting.

Which book changed your life?

Book - Father

A book my father bought me when...
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