Julie Andrews (1935- ), beloved star of film and theater, was born in England as Julia Wells and raised in a stage-centered family. Andrews received her early training with Lilian Stiles-Allen and performed with her mother and step-father. Her first official performances in Starlight Roof (London, 1947-48) were soon followed by her first appearance on Broadway in The Boy Friend (1954-55). Andrews played the title role in the live television broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957). She also starred on Broadway in My Fair Lady (1956-62), Camelot (1960-63), and Victor/Victoria (1995-97), and was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical Tony Awards in each role. Her film career includes leading roles in The Sound of Music (1965), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), 10 (1979), Victor/Victoria (1982), A Fine Romance (1991), The Princess Diaries (2001), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and voice-over work in Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek the Third (2007).
Andrews has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, including a win for Mary Poppins (1964); she has won three Golden Globes and received eight additional nominations. Andrews has also won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety Musical Series for The Julie Andrews Hour (1972) and Outstanding Nonfiction Series for Broadway: The American Musical (2005), and she has received several additional nominations. Andrews was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000, and was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2001. She is the recipient of a Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), a Screen Actors' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), and the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music (2009). Andrews, who is married to director Blake Edwards, writes books for children and recently published an autobiography.