Julie Andrews is a popular English actress cum singer. She started becoming popular after starring in My Fair Lady in 1956 and Camelot in 1960. In between, she starred in TV musical Cinderella which received over 100 million views. Julie is the winner of the Academy Award as well as multiple Golden Globe Awards. She also has multiple Grammys and Emmys to her name. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Julie Andrews in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Julie was born on 1st October 1935 in Surrey, England. Her original name is Julia Elizabeth Wells. Julie was conceived by her mother after having an extramarital affair with a boat builder. She came to know about her parentage when she was 15. Julie disclosed it through her autobiography. Her father divorced her mother during the outbreak of World War II, and she went on to marry another guy. As a family, they were poor, and she attended Cone-Ripman School and a local state school named Woodbrook School.
Julie has married twice, and her first husband was the designer Tony Walton. Their marriage lasted for eight years from 1959 to 1867. Then she married director Blake Edwards, and they stayed married until his death in 2010. She has one daughter from her first marriage, and she adopted two daughters after her second marriage.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
At a young age, she performed in musical interludes in BBC Light Programme. Her TV debut was in 1949 in BBC Programme RadiOlympia Showtime. She made her Broadway debut on her 19th birthday. The debut London musical The Boy Friend was successful. Then she went on to be part of My Fair Lady which elevated her. The next major success was a live broadcast of Cinderella on CBS which had 107 million viewers. Her debut solo album was The Lass with the Delicate Air in 1957.
In 1963, she was cast in the musical film Mary Poppins by Walt Disney. The film became the biggest box office draw, and she won Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. In 1965, she starred in The Sound of Music which was majorly successful. She won her second Golden Globe. In 1972, Julie started her own TV series named The Julie Andrews Hour, and it won seven Emmy Awards. For the film Victoria in 1982, she won Golden Globe Award.
Towards the end of 1997, she was forced to quit singing due to loss of singing voice. She made a comeback in 2001. She also lent her voice for successful movies like Shrek series. In 2007, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award at Screen Actors Guild. Julie also won Grammy Lifetime Achieve Award in 2011.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from such a successful actress cum singer? Well, she has a net worth of over $50 million. It is not really surprising as she was one of the best of her times. She is among the ones who have the most number of prestigious Awards for acting. The sources of income were mainly the movies, then TV series and shows, and then stage shows.
Julie Andrews is a lesser known legend who is still going strong, and last year, she was the voice actor for Despicable Me 3. She is 82 years old and has one of the most successful careers in the industry.