The line to see Julie Andrews at the 92Y wrapped around the square of a sprawling New York City block. Seventy years since the start of her career, 60 since she asked “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” as Lerner and Loewe’s first Eliza and 50 since she sang “The Sound of Music” before the Eastern Alps — Andrews still draws a crowd.
Her fans gathered Saturday evening to hear her speak about “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years,” the actress’ second memoir, co-written with daughter Emma Walton Hamilton and chronicling the breadth of her years in the film industry, from “Mary Poppins” to “Victor/Victoria.”
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“I was learning on my feet every inch of the way,” she said, joined onstage by her daughter and film scholar Annette Insdorf, who led the talk.
“My background had been vaudeville and musicals, even in the early, early years with that somewhat freak of a voice I had in those days. And that got me by for a long time, and I was so lucky to be asked to go to Broadway. And then, miraculously, Walt Disney comes along and says ‘Would you like to come to Hollywood?’ It was all unexpected; I just dealt with what was coming my way,” she continued, ever-humble.
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Andrews’ film career began with “Mary Poppins,” after being passed over by Jack Warner for a more profitable Audrey Hepburn in the screen adaptation of “My Fair Lady.” “Mary Poppins,” however, earned Andrews an Academy Award. She was nominated again the following year, in 1966, for playing Maria von Trapp in the “The Sound of Music.”
Along the way, Andrews met “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” filmmaker Blake Edwards, with whom she’d spend over 40 years in marriage and raise five children.
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“Blake was the most charismatic and interesting fellow you could possibly meet,” she recalled....
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