Home : a memoir of my early years

by Andrews, Julie.

Format: Large Print 2008
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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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
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
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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Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney himself saw her on Broadway and cast her as the world's most famous nanny.Along the way, she weathered the London Blitz of World War II; her parents' painful divorce; her mother's turbulent second marriage to Canadian tenor Ted Andrews, and a childhood spent on radio, in music halls, and giving concert performances all over England. Julie's professional career began at the age of twelve, and in 1948 she became the youngest solo performer ever to participate in a Royal Command Performance before the Queen. When only eighteen, she left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, and thus began her meteoric rise to stardom.Home is filled with numerous anecdotes, including stories of performing in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison on Broadway and in the West End, and in Camelot with Richard Burton on Broadway; her first marriage to famed set and costume designer Tony Walton, culminating with the birth of their daughter, Emma; and the call from Hollywood and what lay beyond.
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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