Happy birthday Julie Andrews: The Sound of Music actress turns 81 today

Remembering the classy sassy Julie Andrews, who always had the perfect thing to say.

Written by Samarpita Das | New Delhi | Published:October 1, 2016 12:02 pm
julie andrews Legendary actress Julie Andrews turns 81 today.

If there is one thing that has remained constant for 81 years, we can safely say, it is the charm of Julie Andrews. As the legendary actress turns 81 today, we take a trip down the memory lane to remember her grace and onscreen brilliance.

We loved Andrews when she was a magical nanny in Mary Poppins and also as the governess who filled her heart with The Sound of Music she heard from the hills of Austria. Many years later when she returned to the screen as the Queen of Genovia, in The Princess Diaries, she only proved that the ‘flibbertigibbet!  will-o’-the wisp! clown!’. Maria we saw nearly 51 years ago, turned into the most poised gracious but secretly childlike grandmother.

She was still the woman who could fly in a mattress.

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Now how cool is that? 

Let’s remember some of the lesser known moments in the life of Julie Andrews.

While it was Audrey Hepburn on screen, Julie Andrews made a brilliant performance as Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway production of My Fair Lady. Yes, Audrey Hepburn was remarkable but so was Andrews.

julie andrews, audrey hepburn Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn.

She is still one of the prettiest Cinderellas we have seen till date.

julie andrews, cinderella Julie Andrews as Cinderella.

Now coming to her well-known moments on screen.

It was in the year 1964, she played the iconic role of Mary Poppins and she was, as the nanny would say  ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’.

mary poppins, julie andrews Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins.

In 1965, we all saw her as the Maria in The Sound Of Music. The governess who ‘adored Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings’.

the sound of music, julie andrews Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

This is the time when we fell in love with the Maria who was a brave child trapped in an adult’s body. Much like the children we too wished for a parent like her.

Now let’s switch to 2001. 

The classic woman taught us so many things in The Princess Diaries. Like under no circumstances in slumping a cool thing! No matter which generation you may belong.

julie andrews, the princess diaries

If only the real Duchess of Cambridge would have paid a little attention.


No, you’re not a Queen but under her instructions, someday, you might definitely become a princess!

Books should be written on this sassy woman.


Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!