Julia Elizabeth Wells was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, on October 1, 1935. Even though Ted Wells raised her, her real father was someone else. Her mother had an affair with a family friend, so Ted Wells was not her real father. Julie’s real father was this family friend. Andrews didn’t find out about this until 1950, and she didn’t tell anyone about it until 2008 when she wrote her autobiography.
Julie’s parents split up not long after the Second World War began. She lived with Ted Well for a short time, but in 1940, she was sent to live with her mother. Her mother and her new husband were poor, but Ted Wells thought that because they had a few connections, they would be better able to help Julie get ahead in the entertainment business. But Julie’s stepfather turned out to be a violent drunk who tried more than once to sexually abuse her.
Julie’s stepfather and mother were both rising stars in the local theater scene, and they paid for Julie’s acting lessons. Andrews went to a private school for the arts and started voice lessons with a famous British soprano singer. Julie was obviously destined for great things.
Julie Andrew Career
Julie Andrews started her career on stage, where she and her parents were in several shows together. Eventually, her stepfather put her in touch with Val Parnell, a businessman who has a lot of power in London’s live performance venues. Julie Andrews sang a solo at the London Hippodrome as a professional in 1947. The next year, she did a show at the London Palladium in front of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
She spent the next few years building her career in radio and TV, and then she went to London’s West End to act in several plays. In 1952, she started her career as a voice actor by giving Princess Zeila a voice in the Italian animated film “The Singing Princess.”
By 1954, Julie Andrews was on Broadway. Her first show there was the musical “The Boy Friend.” She then did “My Fair Lady,” and then she got a part in the TV movie “High Tor.” Andrews got her big break when she got the lead role in “Mary Poppins” in 1963. Before that, she had been on a number of variety and talk shows in the 1950s and early 1960s. Walt Disney insisted that Julie Andrews play the part, and the movie was his biggest box-office hit at the time. Julie got an Oscar for Best Actress because of how she played her role.
Julie Andrew Personal Life
Tony Walton, who made sets, was Julie’s first husband. She married him in 1959, and they had one child together. They broke up in 1967. Next, she got married to director Blake Edwards. From 1969 until Edwards’ death in 2010, they were married. During their time together, they chose to adopt two Vietnamese girls.
Julie Andrew Real Estate
Julie Andrews put her Brentwood home on the market in 2012 for $2.649 million. She found a buyer for the house quickly. She and her late husband had lived there before. The gated property has cathedral ceilings, four bedrooms, and a studio for an artist. Outside, there is a spa and a swimming pool. Julie and her husband bought the house for $1.2 million back in 1989.