Julie Andrews  

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Julie Andrewsis an English actress, singer and gay icon, particularly known for her starring roles in the musical films Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965).

She was born in Surrey in 1935, and made her stage debut at an early age, appearing in London's West End in 1947. She graduated through radio and theatre to starring in stage productions of musicals such as The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady and Camelot. When she lost the starring role in the film of My Fair Lady to Audrey Hepburn (most of whose singing had to be dubbed), she received the consolation of the starring role in Walt Disney's musical version of Mary Poppins, winning an Academy Award as a result. She was nominated again, the following year, for her role as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and thus became, briefly, one of the most sought-after stars in Hollywood.

The decline of the musical was damaging to Andrews' subsequent career, and, despite several starring roles in musical and non-musical films - including some directed by her husband, Blake Edwards, she has been seen very rarely on screen since the early 1980s.

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