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Samantha Lee
Samantha Lee
Julie Andrews.

 Julie Andrews is currently gracing Auckland with her presence, as the star and subject of An Evening with Julie Andrews, on tomorrow night at The Civic.

Hosted by Nicholas Hammond (also known as Friedrich von Trapp in The Sound of Music), this will be ‘an incredible journey through the life and career of one of the world’s most popular icons.’ As well it should be, as Julie Andrews’ life and career is nothing short of incredible.

From The Boy Friend, My Fair Lady and Camelot on Broadway to Cinderella, and iconic movies such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, to successes such as Thoroughly Modern Millie and Star! Julie Andrews has built a body of work that, she notes modestly, “hopefully speaks for itself.”  Even if you don’t take into account recent successes such as The Princess Diaries and Shrek films, it’s safe to say she is a grand doyenne of television, film and theatre, and has established a fine writing career to boot. Oh, and did I mention she’s a Dame?

It’s no use trying to draw her on her successes. “My mother always used to say to me don’t you get a swollen head young lady, because there’s always somebody that can do what you do and maybe even better, so do it well and don’t be swollen headed about it.” She consistently deflects compliments with grace and humour – not a hint of ego here.

Seeing Julie Andrews in person is an experience you’re not going to want to miss. She had a roomful of hardened journalists in Auckland eating out of the palm of her hand, and instantly managed to make it seem like she’d invited us all round for morning tea. She’s warm, funny, humble, and has that irrepressible spark of what you might call gumption in spades.

Asked for advice for aspiring theatre hopefuls, she said “I’d say go for it. What I always say is you never can predict the stroke of good fortune under your nose,” but cautioned “Do your homework – be ready.”

Asked if she was in contact with Anne Hathaway after she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Les Misérables, she fired back “You bet I was!” before extolling the virtues of one Ms. Hathaway, whom she remains great friends with after starring with her in the Princess Diaries films.

She loves Norah Jones and Beyoncé. The naughtiest thing she’s ever done is “Unprintable, I’m afraid.” She calls people “Duckie” and you half expect her to leap out of her chair and pull a Burlington Bertie from Bow, just for laughs.

I fully recommend going to see Dame Julie Andrews – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a once in a lifetime personality.

What: An Evening with Julie Andrews

When: Wednesday 5th June, 2013

Where: The Civic, Auckland

Tickets: The Edge

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