A Memoir of My Early Years

Large Print - 2008
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We all know Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, but few people know the story of her road to fame. In this memoir, Julie Andrews&   takes us from her early years with an aspiring Vaudeville mom and a loving dad, to her parents divorce and mother 's remarriage to a difficult stepfather. Julie has kept diaries her whole life, so every anecdote in her memoir is very fresh and immediate.&   There are incredible scenes of the London Blitz during WWII; at age nine, she was the only kid on the street who was able to identify the sound of the German bombers, and it was her job to warn the whole neighborhood when they were coming. Julie 's mother was in musical theater with her stepdad, and Julie spent her entire youth traveling to&   venues all over the country. She performed for the Queen at age 12, and by the time she was a young teen, she was supporting her entire family because her stepdad was an alcoholic.&   A few of her roles were more glamorous during this time, but she was always the performer with holes in her socks because she never had any money. At age 19, Julie tried out for the role in The Boyfriend, which was opening on Broadway in New York. She got the part and flew here, was a smash in the play, and then starred in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison. The book carries through her role in Camelot with Richard Burton, at age 20, after which her daughter was born. There are great anecdotes about the actors and actresses of her day; her voice is humorous, warm, and lively; and this is just an incredible memoir. There are tons of never-before-seen photos, too.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781410405883
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT BIO ANDREWS J. Andrews
Characteristics: 572 p. (large print) ;,23 cm.


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Jan 30, 2018

Andrews recounts both her personal and professional life up until her time in The Sound of Music.

Dec 02, 2017

Interesting memoir. Pretty much what you would expect from Julie Andrews - refined, polished, gracious. I was impressed with how very hard she worked to become the star that she did. Talented, without a doubt - but no overnight success by any means!! I also found surprising her sad, dysfunctional childhood. Particularly in an era when it was all supposed to be "Ozzie & Harriet". Telling the truth of her childhood could not have been easy for her!

May 06, 2016

Julie Andrews

Nov 01, 2012

I have read the book and I had liked
it this is based on a true story this is
the book for everyone to read

May 06, 2011

The sweetheart of Broadway and the cinema provides wonderful insight into the early life and career of this great lady. I look forward to the next book with great anticipation.


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