Julie Andrews or Dame Julie Andrews DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells on 1 October 1935) is an English actress, singer, and author. Throughout her career spanning over eight decades she has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award a BAFTA Award, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards. She has also been nominated for three Tony Awards. Andrews was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2007 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2022. In 2000, she was made a Dame (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

Julie Andrews
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Full NameJulia Elizabeth Wells
Born1 October 1935 (age 88)
Birth PlaceWalton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
Net Worth$30 million
OccupationSinger, Actor, Author, Theatre Director, Dancer, Voice Actor

Net Worth

Julie Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer and dancer with a net worth of $30 million. She initially gained recognition as a child actress in stage productions and later became one of the leading stars in the entertainment industry. One of her most iconic roles was as the lead in “Mary Poppins,” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Real Estate

In 2012 Julie Andrews listed her Brentwood home for $2.649 million and quickly found a buyer. The property which she originally lived in with her late husband, is gated and features cathedral ceilings an artist’s studio, and four bedrooms. The outdoor area includes a swimming pool and a spa. Julie and her husband bought the property in 1989 for $1.2 million.

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Early life and Education

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Her mother Barbara Ward Wells (née Morris; 25 July 1910 – 1984) was born in Chertsey and married Edward Charles “Ted” Wells (1908–1990), a teacher of metalwork and woodwork, in 1932. Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with a family friend. Andrews learned of her true parentage from her mother in 1950, although it was not publicly disclosed until her 2008 autobiography.

With the outbreak of World War II, her parents went their separate ways and were soon divorced. Each remarried: Barbara to Ted Andrews, in 1943 and Ted Wells in 1944 to Winifred Maud (Hyde) Birkhead, a war widow and former hairstylist at a war work factory that employed them both in Hinchley Wood, Surrey. Wells assisted with evacuating children to Surrey during the Blitz while Andrews’s mother joined her husband in entertaining the troops through the Entertainments National Service Association. Andrews lived briefly with Wells and her brother, John, in Surrey. In 1940, Wells sent her to live with her mother and stepfather who Wells thought would be better able to provide for his talented daughter’s artistic training.

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While Andrews had been used to calling her stepfather “Uncle Ted”, her mother suggested it would be more appropriate to refer to her stepfather as “Pop”, while her father remained “Dad” or “Daddy” to her, a change which she disliked. The Andrews family was “very poor” and “lived in a bad slum area of London” at the time, stating that the war “was a very black period in my life”. According to Andrews, her stepfather was violent and an alcoholic. He twice tried to get into bed with his stepdaughter while drunk resulting in Andrews fitting a lock on her door.

Julie Andrews’s Relationships

Julie’s first marriage was with Tony Walton a set designer. She married him in 1959 and they separated in 1967 after having one child together. After that Andrews married Blake Edwards a director. Their marriage lasted from 1969 until Edwards’ passing in 2010. During their relationship, they adopted two Vietnamese daughters.

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Controversies

Nude Scenes in “S.O.B.”: Nothing could have prepared people for Julie Andrews’s brief nude scene in the 1981 film S O B directed by her husband Blake Edwards. Andrews’s wholesome persona from the likes of Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965) made many intolerant of her decision to play a script with sex scenes.

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Vocal Cord Surgery: Julie Andrews lost her singing voice after having non-cancerous nodules removed from her throat in the late 1990s. Her vocal cords were destined to remain paralysed and permanently out of tune due to a mistake her doctors made. Eventually the actor Julie Andrews sued both physicians and the hospital where the operation took place in 2000 and although the exact terms of the settlement remain confidential a later article indicated that Andrews would receive enough money to pay for new medical expenses and shorter tours. The malpractice case broadcast widely in the public sphere is seen by some to have caused lasting damage to Andrews’ career.

Most asked questions

How many Oscars has Julie Andrews won?
She has garnered numerous accolades throughout her career spanning over eight decades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards as well as nominations for three Tony Awards.

What is Julie Andrews doing now?
Julie Andrews is a writer of children’s books, with co-author, and daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.

Why did Julie Andrews change her name?
She changed her last name from Wells to Andrews when her mother married her stepfather Ted Andrews.

Who won 3 Oscars in a row?
Walter Brennan won 3 best supporting actor Oscars for Come and Get It (1936), Kentucky (1938) and The Westerner (1940).

Why is Julie Andrews so popular?
Singer and actress Julie Andrews has long been famed for her perfect pitch and impressive vocal range. From her 1954 Broadway debut as Polly in “The Boy Friend,” she has received rave reviews from critics and lasting devotion from music fans.

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