A Few of My Favorite Things: A Birthday Wish to Julie Andrews

October 1st marks the birthday of English singer, dancer, and actress Julie Andrews, who is known for her beloved roles in the musicals The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. Born in 1935, Julie Andrews is considered one of the most successful actors in the world, rising to prominence in the 1950’s when she starred in the hit musicals My Fair Lady and Camelot. The Tony Award nominated and Academy Award winning actress was bestowed the title of Dame in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her contributions to the performing arts. Here are some quotes from Julie Andrews from over the years in celebration of her birthday:

Life is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” 

Success is terrifying. Like happiness, it is often appreciated in retrospect. It’s only later that you place it in perspective. Years from now, I’ll look back and say, ‘God, wasn’t it wonderful.’”

“Hopefully, I brought people a certain joy. That will be a wonderful legacy.” 

“Can I give them what they think they’re going to get from me? That’s always the big question.” 

“I’m more contented and at peace with myself now than I was as a box-office queen. I’m less uptight. I’ve even reached a stage where it doesn’t shatter me if somebody prints something bad about me.” 

“I certainly wouldn’t compare the rewards of watching one’s children grow and mature with that of money piling up at the box office. Both are pleasant, but to varying degrees. As the old saying goes, you can’t take an audience home with you. You can’t depend on the loyalty of fans, who, after all is said and done, are just faceless people one seldom sees. And few stars have their fans forever. But a child is forever. That bond and relationship is timeless and doesn’t depend on your looks, age or popularity at the moment.”

“Does Mary Poppins have an orgasm? Does she go to the bathroom? I assure you, she does.”

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