Home : a memoir of my early years

by Andrews, Julie.

Format: Large Print 2008
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians Large Print Books PN2598.A65 A3 2008bx CL 13314
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Call Number  PN2598.A65 A3 2008bx CL 13314
CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians Large Print Books PN2598.A65 A3 2008bx CL 13314
Location  CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  PN2598.A65 A3 2008bx CL 13314
Monroeville Public Library Large Print 92 Andrews
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Moon Township Public Library Large Print LP B ANDREWS Julie
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Large Print Non-Fiction LP 92 ANDREWS Julie
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Penn Hills Library Large Print LP 791.402 AND
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Whitehall Public Library Large Print Collection LP 92 Andrews, Julie
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We all know Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, but few people know the story of her road to fame. In this memoir, Julie Andrews&   takes us from her early years with an aspiring Vaudeville mom and a loving dad, to her parents divorce and mother 's remarriage to a difficult stepfather. Julie has kept diaries her whole life, so every anecdote in her memoir is very fresh and immediate.&   There are incredible scenes of the London Blitz during WWII; at age nine, she was the only kid on the street who was able to identify the sound of the German bombers, and it was her job to warn the whole neighborhood when they were coming. Julie 's mother was in musical theater with her stepdad, and Julie spent her entire youth traveling to&   venues all over the country. She performed for the Queen at age 12, and by the time she was a young teen, she was supporting her entire family because her stepdad was an alcoholic.&   A few of her roles were more glamorous during this time, but she was always the performer with holes in her socks because she never had any money. At age 19, Julie tried out for the role in The Boyfriend, which was opening on Broadway in New York. She got the part and flew here, was a smash in the play, and then starred in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison. The book carries through her role in Camelot with Richard Burton, at age 20, after which her daughter was born. There are great anecdotes about the actors and actresses of her day; her voice is humorous, warm, and lively; and this is just an incredible memoir. There are tons of never-before-seen photos, too.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Famous singer and actress Andrews details her turbulent and often lonely childhood, unusual upbringing, and the difficult journey to her ultimate success as a star of stage and screen. In an engaging, chatty tone, she describes her early years, from the air-raids, bombings, and rationing of World War II, to her parents' ugly divorce and her new life in London featuring a creepy stepfather and a mother descending into alcoholism. It was actually Andrews' new stepfather who, despite his shadiness, encouraged her to pursue singing and a life in the theater. After years of grueling singing and dancing lessons, she began performing in London dramatic productions, and by the time she was a teenager, she was financially supporting her entire family. Andrews clearly and straightforwardly details the events and sometimes ugly occurrences she encountered along the way. It was a well-regarded London performance that eventually led to her first role on Broadway in The Boyfriend, which then led to her breakout roles in My Fair Lady and, soon after, Camelot. Packed with anecdotes about other famous actors, including Rex Harrison and Richard Burton, Andrews' book will appeal to her many fans.--Hughes, Kathleen Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Andrews, who has written several children's books (The Great American Mousical; Mandy), both solo and with her daughter, now dances in a different direction with this delightful remembrance of her own childhood and engrossing prelude to her cinematic career. Spanning events from her 1935 birth to the early 1960s, she covers her rise to fame and ends with Walt Disney casting her in Mary Poppins (1963). Setting the stage with a family tree backdrop, she balances the sad struggles of relatives and hard drinkers with mirthful family tales and youthful vocal lessons amid rationing and the London Blitz: "My mother pulled back the blackout curtains and gasped-for there, snuggly settled in the concrete square of the courtyard, was the incendiary bomb." A BBC show led to a London musical at age 12: "My song literally stopped the show. People rose to their feet and would not stop clapping." Her mother's revelation of her true father left her reeling when she was 15, but she continued touring, did weekly BBC broadcasts and was Broadway-bound by 1954 to do The Boyfriend. The heart of her book documents the rehearsals, tryouts and smash 1956 opening of My Fair Lady. Readers will rejoice, since Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs. (Apr. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print biography series.
Subjects Andrews, Julie.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Singers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Large type books.
Publisher Waterville, Me. :Thorndike Press,2008
Language English
Description 572 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781410405883 (lg. print : hardcover : alk. paper)
1410405885 (lg. print : hardcover : alk. paper)
9781405687324 (U.K.)
1405687320 (U.K.)
9781405687331 (U.K. : pbk.)
1405687339 (U.K. : pbk.)
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