Fast Facts

  • Made her Broadway debut in 1954 with a featured role in The Boy Friend. In 2003, she directed a revival of the same musical at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, N.Y.
  • Although she originated the part of Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway in 1956, Audrey Hepburn played the role in the 1964 film. At the Academy Awards, Andrews won Best Actress for her film debut in Mary Poppins while Hepburn wasn't even nominated. 
  • In 1996, was the only person involved with the Broadway production of Victor/Victoria to be nominated for a Tony. She declined the honor because she felt the others were "egregiously overlooked."
  • Has written a number of children's books, many with daughter Emma; published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, in 2008.
  • Named a Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on December 31, 1999.
  • Singing range spanned an impressive four octaves before 1997, when Andrews underwent throat surgery that she claims ruined her singing voice. 
  • Was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 2001.

Awards

  • 1964, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1965, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Musical Series: Winner
  • 1964, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1958, Emmy — Actress - Best Single Performance - Lead or Support: Nominee
  • 1957, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album For Children: Winner
  • 1961, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical (Variety and Popular Music): Nominee
  • 1965, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment: Nominee
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding New Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Winner
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Joanna Lynne Edwards — Daughter
  • Blake Edwards — Husband (deceased)
  • Emma Walton Hamilton — Daughter
  • Geoffrey Edwards — Stepson
  • Amy Edwards — Daughter
  • Tony Walton — Ex-husband
  • Jennifer Edwards — Stepdaughter
  • John Wells — Brother
  • Ted Wells — Father
  • Ted Andrews — Stepfather
  • Barbara Andrews — Mother

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Details

  • Birth Name: Julia Elizabeth Wells
  • Birth Place: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
  • Birthday: October 1, 1935, Libra
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Writer