Spotlight on: Julie Andrews

Named as one of the 100 greatest Britons in 2002, Julie Andrews has had a long and successful career on stage as well as in film. Beginning her career in the West End when she was just thirteen she quickly became a legend on the stage making her Broadway debut before she was twenty years old. 

Andrews has played such iconic roles on stage and in films such as Eliza Doolittle, Queen Guinevere, Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp. Her four-octave soprano voice became famous as her film career continued to flourish. In 1995 she returned to the Broadway stage in Victor/Victoria for the first time in 35 years. The show was a success, running for nearly two years but it ended up creating a hoarseness in Andrews' voice.

She underwent surgery in 1997 in an attempt to fix it but the surgery was not successful, costing her her legendary soprano. She underwent four more surgeries that helped improve her speaking voice but her singing voice never returned. The botched surgery, however, didn't cost her her career, 

Queen Elizabeth II made Julie Andrews a Dame in 2000 for her services to the performing arts. The following year she returned to the stage in The Princess Diaries, playing Queen Clarisse Marie Renaldi. It was her first Disney film since Mary Poppins in 1964 and she reprised the role for the sequel three years later. 

Since then she has lent her voice to the animated films Shrek and Despicable Me. She was the narrator of Enchanted in 2007 and played the nanny of Eloise in the film adaptation of the popular children's books. 

With a career spanning seventy years, she has entertained and delighted audiences in musicals, comedies, and dramas. A legend of stage and film Andrews continues periodic voice-over work, children's television and occasionally concerts and tours today. 

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