Hot Best Seller

Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography

Availability: Ready to download

Julie Andrews is one of the last of the great Hollywood musical stars - her extraordinary career spans more than 40 years. This biography, based on many years of the author's contact with Julie, presents a frank portrait of an enduring icon of stage and screen.


Compare

Julie Andrews is one of the last of the great Hollywood musical stars - her extraordinary career spans more than 40 years. This biography, based on many years of the author's contact with Julie, presents a frank portrait of an enduring icon of stage and screen.

30 review for Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jen Brown

    I can't believe it's taken me so long to read this! My late aunt bought this for my birthday probably over ten years ago because I've always adored Julie Andrews since I was a little girl watching her in Mary Poppins. The book was riveting from start to finish. Highly recommend

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Although I actually love Julie Andrews this book was just OK. It was easy to put down. I think the author was trying a little too hard to be thorough and at times it read like a disjointed filmography rather than a biography. I definitely enjoyed the personal nature of her autobiography 'Home' a lot more!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hal

    How do you solve a problem like Julie? You don't because she does not pose much of a problem to most. This bio is well written and follows Julie Andrews long and distinguished career on and off stage. The author is true to form on labeling it an intimate biography as he clearly is a fan and there wasn'tmmuch dirt dished up here. But then it is Julie Andrews and it would be difficult finding much dirt as she is quite careful about not showing any. And because of this we are never quite sure we kn How do you solve a problem like Julie? You don't because she does not pose much of a problem to most. This bio is well written and follows Julie Andrews long and distinguished career on and off stage. The author is true to form on labeling it an intimate biography as he clearly is a fan and there wasn'tmmuch dirt dished up here. But then it is Julie Andrews and it would be difficult finding much dirt as she is quite careful about not showing any. And because of this we are never quite sure we know who this woman really is. Some glimpses though, her difficult childhood, her rather bizarre first marriage, and the slings and arrows along with the accolades she accumulated. The challenge in Julie's career came early as she had such unprecedented success with "My Fair Lady", "Mary Poppins", and "The Sound of Music." The voice was never the issue for her, none like it really, it was the type casting as the well scrubbed nanny. After these came attempt after attempt to make her into the sexy Julie which just did not work with the popularity in the public view. Many flops and yawners made up this body of work some with the collaboration of her new husband, Blake Edwards. Not until "Victor, Victoria" did she see some success, but a real stretch in believability. Her accomplishments in her musical career however have never been in question as she is pretty much one of a kind. The unfortunate outcome of her throat surgery is truly sad but it is also hard to imagine that a period of decline would have still ensued anyway.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    It has never been a favorite of mine to read about movie stars or sports stars -- 99.9% of them are living in fantasy land. However, Julie Andrews has always been one of the very few stars whom I like. And now I am intimately familiar with the events of Dame Julie's life. Even so, she remains a mysterious, seemingly aloof British icon (American, too). Words like dignity and poise are just not associated with people of her profession anymore. Granted, she is not without her Hollywood faults: cosm It has never been a favorite of mine to read about movie stars or sports stars -- 99.9% of them are living in fantasy land. However, Julie Andrews has always been one of the very few stars whom I like. And now I am intimately familiar with the events of Dame Julie's life. Even so, she remains a mysterious, seemingly aloof British icon (American, too). Words like dignity and poise are just not associated with people of her profession anymore. Granted, she is not without her Hollywood faults: cosmetic surgery, suing people for tons of money, inevitable drama fueled by critics and blood thirsty media. But she will always remain an honest role model, I think.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Rueff

    Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography is a wholesome book about an actress, singer, director and writer. From her beginnings in vaudeville as a young prodigy to her recent roles in Shreck the Third and The Princess Diaries 2, Julie Andrews still has leading star quality. Her performing career has spanned over five decades. She has been married to screenwriter and director Blake Edwards for thirty-five years. This biography includes a filmography and descriptions of the children's books she has wr Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography is a wholesome book about an actress, singer, director and writer. From her beginnings in vaudeville as a young prodigy to her recent roles in Shreck the Third and The Princess Diaries 2, Julie Andrews still has leading star quality. Her performing career has spanned over five decades. She has been married to screenwriter and director Blake Edwards for thirty-five years. This biography includes a filmography and descriptions of the children's books she has written with her daughter, Emma. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Julie Andrews' accomplishments and seeing her photographs. I would recommend this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Julie Andrews is one of my all times favorites. Reading her life story was so interesting. I did get bogged down in some of the detail and in the going back and forth in time. There was a lot of name dropping; but the names were all part of her story. Julie has packed so much into her 80 years and has brought so many people joy. Her talent and life has touched mine and I'm grateful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I skimmed a lot of this. After reading her beautiful autobiography, this fell flat for me. There was a lot of Hollywood history and not enough about Julie herself. It kind of read like a filmography with some quotes from Julie mixed in.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Got bored with it. Hopefully Julie Andrews will write the rest of her own story someday.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    I loved this book. She’s a fascinating woman and I never realized how little I knew about her. The writing is great and thoroughly researched. It was very interesting to learn about how complex a person she is and how complicated her past was-I realized I really only thought of her as her characters in musicals, I really enjoyed gaining a better understanding of her. She has certainly lived a life. “As I left the theatre,I saw Julie Andrews come out of the stage door, dressed in a casual shirt a I loved this book. She’s a fascinating woman and I never realized how little I knew about her. The writing is great and thoroughly researched. It was very interesting to learn about how complex a person she is and how complicated her past was-I realized I really only thought of her as her characters in musicals, I really enjoyed gaining a better understanding of her. She has certainly lived a life. “As I left the theatre,I saw Julie Andrews come out of the stage door, dressed in a casual shirt and baseball cap. Smiling briefly at the crowd who would have gladly held her captive, she drove away in her Ford. Then I saw — pinned up in the stage-door office — a picture of Maria von Trapp singing high in the hills above Salzburg. And I realised, more than ever, Julie’s dichotomy. Everybody wanted her to be perfect. And she always had been. The trouble was, not even the stage doorman seemed able to let her forget it.” (Pg 442)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andreina Garban

    The writing style is kind of all over the place, but the subject of the book is more than interesting to keep me engaged. After reading "Home A Memoir of My Early Years" this book only adds a perspective about some periods on Julie's personal life and career. An incredible talented woman with a superb career and one of the most wonderful voices. Nice reading. But not as good as Julie's herself telling her story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kami

    One of my favourite actresses of all time. Loved getting to know her background. A lot of the things in her life came to me as a surprise, and definitely gave me more insight on what her life was like.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Mielke

    I loved, loved, loved this book!! It’s beautifully told & full of personal details. Julie is a remarkable woman!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Abandoned on page 185 of 258. Dull and gives no real impression of Julie Andrews.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I watched Rachel Ray today and it looks like Julie wrote her own autobiography titled "Home", but I haven't checked anything out about it yet. I think that I am going to try the autobiography that Julie Andrews did herself. I tried this one and got about half way through. I was fascinated by the story itself, but not by the story telling. The writer's style is too choppy and vague for me. It doesn't flow well and there are odd quotes and bits of information thrown in at weird points. I couldn't r I watched Rachel Ray today and it looks like Julie wrote her own autobiography titled "Home", but I haven't checked anything out about it yet. I think that I am going to try the autobiography that Julie Andrews did herself. I tried this one and got about half way through. I was fascinated by the story itself, but not by the story telling. The writer's style is too choppy and vague for me. It doesn't flow well and there are odd quotes and bits of information thrown in at weird points. I couldn't renew it and had to return it. I don't know if I will check it out again to finish it or not?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    I so enjoyed this book though it only went to 2007. I had no idea of the ups and downs of her career and the sacrifices she made as a mother to make it all happen. The loss of her voice is such a tragedy but as the British do she "Kept Calm and Carried On.". At 60, I was so identifying with her inevitable slowing down and health problems as while reading this as I, at age 60, was reading this confined to bed rest with health issues of my own. But she reinvented herself in so many ways. She's a I so enjoyed this book though it only went to 2007. I had no idea of the ups and downs of her career and the sacrifices she made as a mother to make it all happen. The loss of her voice is such a tragedy but as the British do she "Kept Calm and Carried On.". At 60, I was so identifying with her inevitable slowing down and health problems as while reading this as I, at age 60, was reading this confined to bed rest with health issues of my own. But she reinvented herself in so many ways. She's a remarkable and inspiring woman. But I do need an update!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    I thought this was a very interesting read. Julie Andrews, despite success, has led a life riddled with personal issues - I wouldn't give you 2 cents for her mother, who she never, ever faulted. Her 2nd and current husband appears beset with emotional and anger issues, much like her step-father. It's a shame she couldn't break herself of those kinds of people in her life - I truly think she would have been a happier person throughout her career & life. I was surprised to read about her adopt I thought this was a very interesting read. Julie Andrews, despite success, has led a life riddled with personal issues - I wouldn't give you 2 cents for her mother, who she never, ever faulted. Her 2nd and current husband appears beset with emotional and anger issues, much like her step-father. It's a shame she couldn't break herself of those kinds of people in her life - I truly think she would have been a happier person throughout her career & life. I was surprised to read about her adoption of the two Korean girls and all of the charity work that she was involved in.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miki Garrison

    There was so much detail that the book just dragged in places, especially when the author starts going over the same timeline multiple times from different perspectives. Plus, this was one of those biographies in which the author inserts himself just a little bit too much for me, which can make it seem like one big long book of name dropping. Still, I definitely enjoyed the first part of the book, and learning more about her start on the British vaudeville circuit as a girl.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This biography is thorough and affectionate. I was most interested in hearing about the outcome of the vocal chord surgery Ms. Andrews underwent. It occurred while I was earning my Masters in Communication disorders, but at that time full information was not available. I learned about that, and much else. A rich history of a varied career, which survived many changes in the entertainment industry.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This was a fairly interesting read, detailing the life and career (through the book's publication date) of Julie Andrews. Her early life was definitely not easy - and I didn't realize that for all of her famous hits that we all know (Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Broadway production of My Fair Lady), there were equally bad movie disasters. I also didn't realize she'd adopted two daughters, in addition to her biological daughter and stepchildren, and how involved she is in charity work.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The book read too matter of factly and was at times too much detail -- it was like taking the plethora of information available for a particular movie on IMDB and dumping it into the book. I learned more about particular shows or movies that I did about Julie Andrews, who I absolutely adore :) Like former Secretary of State Colin Powell stated, Julie is "an English rose that never withers and never pales."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ange

    I didn't really read this. I read the first chapter, looked at the pictures and skimmed the rest which was just enough for me to realize that Julie Andrews is not the sweet, love-able Maria Von Trapp I really had hoped she was. And I openly admit I'm disappointed. I was wanting a biography about someone who would inspire me and I'm not at all inspired. And the writing isn't great enough to pull me in at all. I feel as another reviewer on here: I'd actually rather know less.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Did I learn my lesson with the "Marcia Brady" book? Nope. I'm hoping the "Mary Poppins" book will restore my faith in the (auto)biographies I've read lately! After finishing this one, I was a bit disappointed...not with the story, but with the writing. This was a tough book to keep reading. I could manage a chapter or two at a time before my mind wandered elsewhere. I'm going to give Julie Andrews's autobiography a look-see and hope it's a better read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    One of my favorite movies is Victor/Victoria. After I read this book I just had to put it in the player and watch it again. She was/is so beautiful, and her voice is heavenly. This book was a good read, but not much in it that I didn't already know. Except for the fact that we are near the same age!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark Ryan

    Insightful view on the forever flawless Ms Andrews. Makes an un-biased view on her career, despite favourable leanings (obvious for the author to be that side of the fence). Unearthed a lot of forgotten performances like the Carol Burnett concerts. Enjoying read, would recommend even to those who only had a passing interest in the Dame previously.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    You have to be interested in Julie Andrews to read this, which fortunately I am. It is overly detailed and provides too many industry insider details so I did skim read some parts of the book, but overall it does give the reader a thorough knowledge of Julie's life, how her career has played out and why.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    It is indeed an "intimate" biography, which means you will get way more info. than you likely wanted. I skimmed a lot of this book simply because it was hard to even want to follow the details of every show and performance she ever made and the details of those who worked with her. Sadly, this one was disappointing. I will give her autobiography a try instead.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I had hoped for something more interesting, but it was not to be. At least I can now say, after reading this, I do know the woman a bit more than I did before. That I suppose is what the book's purpose was about anyway.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Remson

    I did not enjoy this book very much. I found my expectations for her life to be more exciting than they were. I also feel as though some of the things I learned about her lead me to lose some respect for her. I wouldn't recommend this if you like the "Mary Poppins" version of Julie Andrews!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I don't like reading a book with a lot of dates and place names so at times this book was a little like reading a bibliography of Julie Andrews press clippings but it was an interesting read and had a broader view of her entire life, not just her early years, like her memoir.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I love Julie Andrews but this book was too bogged down by the details of the Hollywood system in the 50s and 60s and then glazed over Julie's career highlights. (Barely anything about sound of music, for example). Not one of my favorite bios....

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.