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As the queen of the musicals, Julie Andrews turns 80, we take a look back at her life in pictures. Julia Elizabeth Wells was born October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.
Her mother, Barbara Ward Wells, was married to Edward Charles "Ted" Wells, a teacher of metalwork and woodwork, but Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with an unnamed family friend.
Julie Andrews pictured playing with her toys in 1947.
Andrews praticising with her musical parents Ted and Barbara Andrews in 1947. Ted sponsored lessons for her with concert soprano and voice instructor Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen. In her memoir Stiles-Allen records: "The range, accuracy and tone of Julie's voice amazed me ... she had possessed the rare gift of absolute pitch."
Andrews made her professional solo debut at the London Hippodrome in 1947 as part of a musical revue called Starlight Roof. Andrews recalled the show saying, "There was this wonderful American person and comedian, Wally Boag, who made balloon animals. He would say, 'Is there any little girl or boy in the audience who would like one of these?' And I would rush up onstage and say, 'I'd like one, please.' And then he would chat to me and I'd tell him I sang... I was fortunate in that I absolutely stopped the show cold. I mean, the audience went crazy."
She went on to appear in the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend.
Near the end of her Boy Friend contract, Andrews was asked to audition for My Fair Lady on Broadway and got the part. In 1956, she appeared in the musical as Eliza Doolittle to Rex Harrison's Henry Higgins.
Andrews has been married twice, first to set designer Tony Walton from 1959 until 1967.
The couple had a daughter Emma Katherine Walton, in 1962.
Then she was married to director Blake Edwards from 1969 until his death in 2010. Edwards and Andrews adopted two daughters - Amy in 1974 and Joanna in 1975. Andrews is a grandmother to nine and great-grandmother to three.
In 1960 she was cast in a period musical Camelot as Queen Guinevere with Richard Burton and newcomer Robert Goulet.
She made her feature film debut in Disney's musical film Mary Poppins in 1964.
Walt Disney had seen a performance of Camelot and thought Andrews would be perfect for the role of the British nanny who is "practically perfect in every way!"
Andrews initially declined because of pregnancy, but Disney politely insisted, saying, "We'll wait for you."
Andrews won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Actress and the 1964 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance in the role. She and her co-stars also won the 1965 Grammy Award for Best Album for Children.
Andrews famously took the lead role of Maria Von Trapp in the musical, The Sound of Music of 1965.
The box office smash which was the highest-grossing film of the year and was the biggest hit in the history of 20th Century Fox.
Between 1964 and 1967, Andrews had other box office successes with The Americanization of Emily, Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, making her the most successful film star in the world at the time. She's pictured here in Thoroughly Modern Millie for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
In the 1970s, Andrews' film career slowed down following the commercial disappointments of Star!, Darling Lili, and The Tamarind Seed of 1974 in which she's shown here.
Victor/Victoria, which opened in 1995 was her first appearance in a Broadway show in 35 years. Andrews was forced to quit the show in 1997 when she developed hoarseness in her voice. She underwent surgery to remove nodules from her throat. However, Andrews stated that it was due to "a certain kind of muscular striation [that] happens on the vocal cords" as a result of strain from Victor/Victoria. She emerged from the surgery with permanent damage that destroyed the purity of her singing and gave a rasp to her speaking voice. She filed a malpractice suit against the doctors who had operated on her and admits her voice has never recovered.
In 2000, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts and is pictured here with her with her daughter Emma Walton-Hamilton and the award.
Andrews is also an author of children's books. Here Julie Andrews is pictured with a copy of her children's book The Great American Musical in 2006. In 2008 Andrews published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, which includes memories of surviving the London Blitz.