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“As a mother, my children have always come first,” Julie says, “and even though I’ve always been a working woman, I have also tried to have them with me, as often as I could.” The juggle was not easy, “but there were other children [playing Maria’s children] on set.I tried to make things silly and funny, so we all had a good time.” Blake didn’t know Julie all that well before they started dating.“Oh, it was lovely,” says Julie, although were you to ask whether fame is one of Julie’s favourite things, she would certainly say no.That honour goes to family – not the one into which she was born, but the one she bolted together, against the odds, with her now departed husband Blake Edwards, two of his children, one of her own and two little girls they adopted from a Vietnamese orphanage in those terrible, chaotic days just before Saigon fell.Her parents divorced when she was four and her mother later announced that her father wasn’t her father at all. If that was not enough, Julie’s mother then got remarried, this time to a musician, Ted Andrews, an unmannerly alcoholic who tried more than once to get into Julie’s bed.By the time she was 10, Ted had also encouraged his inordinately talented stepdaughter – at the peak of its power, Julie’s voice had a four-octave range – onto the road, singing for returning troops.The story was based on Maria von Trapp, a little girl born on a train en route to Vienna, Austria, who lost both parents before the age of seven and who made what Julie describes as a “sudden and surprising” decision at 18 to enter a nunnery, only to find herself unsuited to a life of prayer and solitude (“How do you solve a problem like Maria? And while it is impossible to imagine anyone else in Maria’s role, Julie says she was initially reluctant to take it.“I had seen the Broadway show and thought a film might be too sentimental,” she says.
I have my natural-born daughter and Blake’s two children, and then we adopted two children – can you imagine the hodge-podge? It will be okay.’ And do you know, my house was never better run. Of course, it isn’t possible to live a long life without loss and Julie’s most recent was devastating – her heart was broken when Blake died, aged 88, in 2010.“I am still processing it,” she says, “and it is difficult. well, some people get rid of it all at once, tear their clothing, weep and weep, and with others, it comes out a little at a time.
In fact, he had only seen her in Mary Poppins and apparently told friends she was “so sweet she probably has violets between her legs”. He put [the film] down at the beginning, maybe because he was a little nervous about doing a musical.
Julie promptly sent him a bunch of purple flowers, which was terribly cheeky, but hey, this was the 1960s. That small appearance and everybody wanted to know you again. He was a legitimate Shakespearean actor and perhaps he thought it would do him harm.
Yet Julie is not 60 going on 70 – and you couldn’t even say she is 70 going on 80, for this year Julie marks the start of her ninth decade, celebrating her 80th birthday on October 1.
Not everyone gets to do it and fewer still live long enough to receive what Julie has now been granted: the reverence of a humbled next generation.
Also, Andrews has recorded albums and is an acclaimed children’s book author.