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Julia Elizabeth Andrews (Wells)

Current Location:: Brentwood, Ca, United States
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward "Ted" Charles Wells and Barbara Ward Andrews
Widow of Blake Edwards
Ex-wife of <private> Walton
Mother of <private> Hamilton (Walton) and <private> Edwards
Sister of <private> Wells
Half sister of <private> Wells; <private> Andrews and <private> Andrews

Occupation: British film and stage actress, singer, and author, Singer, Actress, Author
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About Julia Elizabeth Andrews (Wells)

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (née Wells; born 1 October 1935) is a British film and stage actress, singer, and author. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. Andrews was a former British child actress and singer who made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, and in musical films such as Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and The Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best-known.

Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Her mother, Barbara Ward Wells (née Morris, later Andrews), was married to Edward Charles "Ted" Wells, a teacher of metal and woodworking, but Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with a family friend.

With the outbreak of World War II, Barbara and Ted Wells went their separate ways. Ted Wells assisted with evacuating children to Surrey during the Blitz, while Barbara joined Ted Andrews in entertaining the troops. Barbara and Ted Wells were soon divorced. They both remarried: Barbara to Ted Andrews, in 1939; and Ted Wells, in 1944, to Winifred Birkhead, a former hairstylist working a lathe at a war factory that employed them both in Hinchley Wood, Surrey.

Andrews married set designer Tony Walton on 10 May 1959 in Weybridge, Surrey. They had first met in 1948 when Andrews was appearing at the London Casino in the show Humpty Dumpty. Their daughter Emma Katherine Walton, who was born 27 November 1962 in London. The couple filed for a divorce on 14 November 1967.

Andrews married Blake Edwards in 1969. The couple stayed married for 41 years until Edwards' death in 2010. In the 1970s, Edwards and Andrews adopted two daughters; Amy in 1974 and Joanna in 1975.[33][34] Edwards' children from a previous marriage, Jennifer and Geoffrey, were 3 and 5 years older than Emma. Andrews has published books under her name as well as the pen names Julie Andrews Edwards and Julie Edwards.

-------------------- Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (née Wells; born 1 October 1935) is an English film and stage actress, singer, and author. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. Andrews was a former British child actress and singer who made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, and in musical films such as Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and The Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best-known. Her voice was damaged by a throat operation in 1997.

Andrews had a major revival of her film career in 2000s in family films such as The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and the Shrek animated films (2004–2010). In 2003 Andrews revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York (and later at the Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam, Connecticut in 2005).

Andrews is also an author of children's books, and in 2008 published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

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