Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie
Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to
generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame.
In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes
her readers 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 himself saw her on Broadway and 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 in 1948 she became the youngest solo performer ever to participate
in a Royal Command Performance before the Queen. When only eighteen, she
left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut in The Boyfriend, and thus began her meteoric rise to stardom.
Home is filled with numerous anecdotes, including stories of performing in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison on Broadway and in the West End and in Camelot
with Richard Burton on Broadway; her first marriage to famed set and
costume designer Tony Walton, culminating with the birth of their
daughter, Emma; and the call from Hollywood and what lay beyond.
Andrews’s career has flourished over seven decades. From her legendary
Broadway performances, to her roles in such iconic films as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hawaii, 10, and The Princess Diaries,
to her award-winning television appearances, multiple album releases,
concert tours, international humanitarian work, bestselling children’s
books, and championship of literacy, Julie’s influence spans
generations. Today, she lives with her husband of thirty-eight years,
the acclaimed writer/director Blake Edwards; they have five children and
seven grandchildren. Download and start listening now!