Home : A Memoir of My Early Years

by Julie Andrews

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April 2008 Biography of the Month.

Following Julie’s childhood years and through to the point where Disney offer her ‘Mary Poppins’ at the age of 28 this is a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting insight into the performers formative years. Although her singing career took off early, with performances at the London Palladium, by the age of twelve, all was not raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Being brought up by an alcoholic mother and stepfather ensured Julie had to toughen up at a young age and maybe this is what spurred her ambition. With so many great anecdotes, and we’ve only got to the beginning of her career, future memoirs should be fascinating.

Home : A Memoir of My Early Years Synopsis

Over the years Julie Andrews has been much interviewed in the press and on television, but she has never before revealed the true story of her childhood and upbringing. In HOME she vividly recreates the years before the movies.

An idyllic early childhood in Surrey was cut short when her parents divorced and her mother remarried. The family moved to London, and there are vivid scenes of life during the Blitz. Her mother went into musical theatre with her stepfather, who encouraged Julie to have singing lessons which led to the discovery that her voice had phenomenal range and strength for someone her age. Before long she was appearing on stage with her parents. She soon realised how much she enjoyed looking out into the black auditorium with the spotlights on her. By the time she was a teenager, she was supporting her whole family with her singing performing.

A London Palladium pantomime led to a leading role in THE BOYFRIEND on Broadway at 19. Parts in MY FAIR LADY  opposite Rex Harrison and CAMELOT with Richard Burton soon followed, and there are wonderful anecdotes about the actors and actresses of her day. But this is far more than a collection of show stories (it's not until the last page of the book that Julie gets the call from Disney for MARY POPPINS), HOME is an honest, touching and revealing memoir of the early life of a true icon.

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ISBN: 9780297643579
Publication date: 12/03/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780297643579
Publication date: 12th March 2008
Author: Julie Andrews
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Books of the Month,

About Julie Andrews

Dame Julie Andrews is an Emmy, Grammy and Academy-Award-winning actress and singer, best-known for her roles in MARY POPPINS  and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. She has written a number of children's books.

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