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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

An Intimate Biography

Richard Stirling

St. Martin's Griffin


Trade Paperback

The extraordinary career of Dame Julie Andrews spans more than forty years. Her first film, Mary Poppins, was Disney's most successful film, and in 1965 The Sound of Music rescued Twentieth Century Fox from bankruptcy. Three years later, Star! almost put the studio back under, and the leading lady of both films fell as spectacularly as she had risen. But Julie Andrews is nothing if not a survivor; and despite many setbacks—including the tragic loss of her singing voice in 1997 after a botched operation—she's still a performer, recently starring in Shrek and The Princess Diaries. Richard Stirling's deeply researched biography—based on many years of contact with Julie—is a frank but affectionate portrait of an enduring icon of stage and screen.


Praise for Julie Andrews

“Julie Andrews is, quite simply, a phenomenon. She has probably brought more joy to more people than any other star of her generation.” —Richard Attenborough

“Stirling charts the life and career of Julie Andrews with a wealth of detail and an agreeably light tone. . . . Stirling adroitly conveys the excitement engendered by her explosive entry into the American consciousness.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A very well-written, gripping account of Andrews's extraordinary life and career. . . . Full of information that may not be known even to some of Andrews's staunchest fans.” —Michael Portantiere,

“An absorbingly extensive study, with glossy photographs and lively quotes bringing the pages alive with the sound of a much-loved musical star.” —Evening Standard (London)

“Intelligent and engrossing.” —Roger Lewis, The Mail on Sunday

“Fans will delight at the loads of pictures and details in this complete biography of Andrews.” —OK! magazine

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About the author

Richard Stirling

Richard Stirling lives in London. As an actor he has appeared on film, television, and the London and American stage. As a writer, his features include articles on Dame Julie Andrews for many British publications; he was also curator of the star's seventieth birthday film retrospective at the National Film Theatre in 2005.

Richard Stirling

Photo: Angela Taylor

Richard Stirling

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