Let’s forget all her musicals for a moment and concentrate on her dramatic roles.
Sure, Julie Andrews, born in England in 1935, remains one of the big screen’s premier musical actresses — if not the biggest such star in history.
Her vaudevillian parents discovered her magical four-octave voice early. By her teenage years, Andrews was an experienced musical hall performer embarking on a hugely successful stage and screen career.
She won a best actress Oscar nomination for her memorable portrayal of an Austrian convent reject who flourishes as the governess to seven children of a widowed Navy captain (Christopher Plummer) in 1965’s The Sound of Music.
The year before, Andrews emerged the winner of the best actress Oscar citations for, what else, Mary Poppins.
Ok, you probably know all that already. The purpose of today’s Julie Andrews Quiz is to test your knowledge of the non-musical pictures she starred in. After all, Andrews wasn’t all peaches and cream, and her dramatic movies showcase her in various shades of grey.
Here are photos from five of such pictures, Can you identify them? (Answers tomorrow.)
- This one was directed by a fellow Brit with an impeccable reputation. And, by the way, who is that guy with Julie?
2. This picture picture showcased an ambidextrous quality to Andrews performance. It was directed by her husband.
3. This 1964 romantic comedy/drama has Julie playing a lowly motor pool driver who attracts a fast-talking American officer in World War II England in the buildup to 1944’s D-Day. Who is that guy sharing a typically British drenching?
4. In this 1974 thriller, Andrews plays a British civil servant who falls for a Russian. Who’s that guy in the photo below?
5. This 1986 outing has Julie playing a violinist married to an ailing composer. Alan Bates and Max von Sydow are on hand to watch Andrews’ character cope with one misfortune after another. No Mary Poppins this. The drama won Julie a best actress Golden Globe.