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"the book is magic... Andrews is far too polite to exploit her catalogue of hurts, but some moments really sting" (Antonia Quirke SUNDAY TIMES)
This book is several dozen cuts above the usual showbiz memoir. I eagerly await the next instalment" (Roger Lewis SUNDAY EXPRESS)
"it is precisely the frankness which gives the book such an admirbly unsentimental tone." (Michael Arditti DAILY TELEGRAPH)
"Andrews's book is not devoid of fascination. How could it be?" (DAILY MAIL)
"will astond her friends and those who have followed her career." (DAILY EXPRESS)
"lays bare several family secrets, including that she was born of an illicit affair" (DAILY MAIL)
"most of the book is painfully shrewd and written with delicacy and pathos" (Emma Brockes INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE)
"The quality of her prose is such that you are remindeded she is already an established children's author.." (SCOTSMAN)
"Julie tells the really quite harrowing part of her childhood with the same breeziness as she does her subsequent stardom." (Nicky Haslam SPECTATOR)
"Dame Julie's precise voice drips from every sentence" (Gay Times)
The heroine of MARY POPPINS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells her life story from the music halls of London to Broadway stardom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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But the path from her origins to those heights was not the expected one. In this candid memoir, Ms. Andrews takes us for an eye-opening ride through her family's genealogy, her career as a youthful vaudeville star, her experiences in becoming her family's sole support at a young age, and the many amazing things that happen in performing companies. It's a wild trip!
Before the book ends, she gives us behind-the-scenes looks at many of the giants of 20th century entertainment including Moss Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, Fritz Lowe, T.H. White, Walt Disney, Rex Harrison, Richard Burton, and Carol Burnett.
She is a lady in all that she has to say, but she does have opinions. The finely nuanced reading captures her true feelings in subtle ways that the book cannot hope to do. I could have listened to this recording all night, every night. It was marvelous!
The book is very inspiring, it tells the story of a little girl with enormous talent who made it really big -- a success that was well deserved. Her journey from poverty to stardom had many difficult moments and if it's possible, it evokes even more admiration for the Dame.
Especially classy is the way she refuses to put anybody down and treats everyone with respect, however she remains honest all along which does convey the hurt some people and events managed to inflict on her. It's a great read and I highly recommend it to everyone.
For me, this book is like the British equivalent of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, so whoever loved that one, will certainly love this one as well. The difference is that it is about a real person, someone whom we all know and whose films we've watched over and over. Julie Andrews talks about her childhood during the war, her first public performances, her first big break in the theatre, My Fair Lady, Camelot, and the time when she left for Burbank to film Mary Poppins. She offers a great insight into show business, talks about her insecurities, her fears and generally proves that she hasn't always been practically perfect in every way.
In a nutshell, this is a true and honest memoir.
At first,I found this book to be a bit slow and felt that it had been written with an eye towards the American market. Gradually though I was won over by Julie Andrews very interesting early life and the shocks she tells of. There may well be an element of disappointment when you realise that she doesn't discuss her film career at all but her life growing up during World War 2 is compelling and interesting.
This auto-biography is an honest account of her life and is filled with various accounts she may well have kept hidden.The fact that her beloved father wasn't her biological Dad, possible incestuous intentions from her step father, the fact that she never really trusted her mother, the stigma of alcoholism around her step father and her mother. Julie pulls no punches here and deserves credit for her approach to this book.There are many points of interest about her life on stage and the many people she worked with such as Rex Harrison, Richard Burton and Roddy McDowell. She also shows she has a fine sense of humour at times.
I have no problem at all in recommending this fine book and it certainly makes you relish the prospect of a follow up that delves into her life in the movies. I feel that the inevitable sequel will be even more interesting.
I think the book was maybe aimed at the American market, as she explains some very British things, that you just know. As with an earlier review I hope there's a part two.
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Julie Andrews is open and honest and it just made me want to immerse myself with her films and music...Read more