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.