403 Forbidden


nginx
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx
Follow us:
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx

Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 1, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Happy birthday, Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews, a woman of such complete splendidness that I honestly think I would faint if I ever met her, turns 74 today. I grew up listening to the soundtracks of “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” and to the Broadway cast album of “My Fair Lady,” and Andrews’ crystal-clear voice, soaring and dancing and laughing (like a brook when it trips and falls over stones on its way), was always magical to me. Not long ago I read and reviewed her memoir, “Home,” and learned that she is also a remarkable writer and a wise woman with a great capacity for forgiveness. And she’s just ridiculously good in those “Princess Diaries” movies. Yes, I am a star-struck fan.
And how shall we celebrate her birthday here at Popcorn & Prejudice? With, I think, a few clips (don’t worry, they’re all short); not from “Mary Poppins” or “Sound of Music” or even “Victor/Victoria” because if you’ve read this far, you probably know those by heart like I do. Instead, thanks to YouTube, here are a few rarer treats. First, Andrews accepting her Academy Award for “Mary Poppins.” I love this because her trademark poise is rattled just a bit; she’s genuinely surprised, yet utterly gracious.

Here she is getting yodelling lessons from the real Maria von Trapp:

And finally, here’s Julie living a dream: Doesn’t everyone want to sing “The Lonely Goatherd” with the Muppets? (Well, I do.)

And with that, I’m off until Monday. May the weekend be a jolly holiday, for Andrews and for all of us.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx