When Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, she was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Despite the fact that Ted Wells reared her, she had a different biological father. In reality, her biological father was not Ted Wells, but rather someone her mother had an affair with. This acquaintance of the family was actually Julie’s biological father. It wasn’t until 2008, when Andrews penned her autobiography, that she revealed this to the public for the first time.
Shortly after the start of World War II, Julie’s parents divorced. In 1940, she was taken back to live with her mother after a brief stay with Ted Well. Because her mother and new husband were poor, Ted Wells hoped that they could assist Julie get ahead in the entertainment industry. He turned out to be a violent alcoholic who tried to sexually abuse Julie on more than one occasion.
It was Julie’s stepfather and mother that paid for her acting classes because both of them were rising stars in the local theater. A famous British soprano singer taught Andrews to sing at a special school for the arts. As soon as Julie was born, it was clear that she was destined for greatness.
Julie Andrew Personal Life
Julie’s first spouse was Tony Walton, a set builder. In 1959, she married him and had a child with him. In 1967, they called it quits. After, she tied the knot with filmmaker Blake Edwards. In 1969, the couple tied the knot and remained together until her death in 2010. They decided to adopt two Vietnamese girls throughout their time together.
Julie Andrew Professional Life
As a child, Julie and her parents appeared in numerous theatre productions. Stepfather Val Parnell, a powerful businessman in London’s live performance venues, helped her get in touch with her stepfather. In 1947, Julie Andrews performed her first professional solo at the London Hippodrome. The next year, she performed for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the London Palladium.
A few years after that, she traveled to London’s West End to perform in various plays. Princess Zeila’s voice was first heard in the Italian animated film “The Singing Princess” in 1952.
Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut in 1954. It was the musical, “The Boy Friend,” that was her first show there. She subsequently did “My Fair Lady,” and then she earned a part in the TV movie “High Tor.” “Mary Poppins” in 1963 was a turning point in Andrews’ career. Prior to then, she had appeared on a number of discussion and variety shows in the 1950s and 1960s. He wanted Julie Andrews to portray the role, and it was one of his biggest box office successes at the time. Because of her performance, Julie was awarded the Best Actress Oscar.
Julie Andrew Real Estate
For $2.649 million, Julie Andrews put her Brentwood, California, home on the market in 2012. She soon found a buyer for the house. She had previously resided there with her late husband. The four-bedroom mansion features soaring vaulted ceilings and an artist’s studio behind a secure gate. A spa and a swimming pool can be found outside. In 1989, Julie and her husband paid $1.2 million for their home.