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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been a fan of Julie Andrews since childhood. And I could listen to her voice all day long. Full of lots of family details, and the grueling day to day routine of a performer, along with anecdotes about her contemporaries: Rex Harrison, Robert Goulet, Richard Burton, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Moss Hart, Roddy McDowell, and T.H. White. I hope she will continue her memoirs – this ends before Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.

Book description: Audiobook read by the author. Julie takes us on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney cast her as the world’s most famous nanny. Along the way, she weathered the London Blitz of World War II; her parents’ painful divorce; her mother’s turbulent second marriage to Canadian tenor Ted Andrews and a childhood spent on radio, in music halls, and giving concert performances all over England. Julie’s professional career began at the age of twelve, and when only eighteen, she left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut.

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