ON ROSES ARE FINE, BUT JULIE ANDREWS IS REALLY ONE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS.
DAME JULIE, ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF YOUR OSCAR-WINNING FILM DEBUT, MARY
POPPINS, YOURE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICALLY HOT AGAIN WITH BOTH SHREK
2 AND PRINCESS DIARIES 2: THE ROYAL ENGAGEMENT, ALMOST GUARANTEED
had a wonderful experience the other day with a little girl and her mother.
Do you know this lady?! the mother asked. If I said Mary
Poppins, would that mean something? The little girl said [fairly
And if I said The Sound of Music,
does that mean something? Yeah
And then the mother
said, And The Princess Diaries? and the little girl LIT up and
said, Oh, cooool! Princess Diaries is current today, [its]
a whole new audienceand Shrek just seemed like a
delicious thing to do. Im thrilled, what else would I BE?
IS IT EVER A BURDEN BEING THE POP CULTURE ICON OF SWEETNESS AND LIGHT?
at alland its BECAUSE of Music and Poppins:
be a pop culture icon were it not for those films. I did try, by doing my
second movie, The Americanization of Emily, to show I wasnt just
the nanny type, but youre known for your greatest hits, and though Im
not REALLY Poppins and Im not REALLY Maria von Trapp, people
are so hungry for good entertainment they love to go along with it.
ONE-TWO PUNCH OF THOSE FILMS WAS NEARLY CANCELED OUT BY THE DISASTROUS ONE-TWO
OF STAR! AND DARLING LILI A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER. WHATS
IT LIKE TO BE HUGE AND THEMBAM!OUT OF VOGUE?
many answers come to mind. Mike Nichols once said, Its kind of
a relief when you get a great flop because then you can start climbing again.
But, you know, its amazing that Blake [Edwards, her husband] and I ever
stayed together because Darling Lili was our first movie.
HE BEGAN COOKING UP SOME SEXY IMAGE ADJUSTMENTS FOR YOU WITH FILMS LIKE 10,
S.O.B., AND VICTOR/VICTORIA. DID YOU WANT TO BE A HOTTIE OR
I think you have a fairly sensible idea of what you can offer and what you
cant, and I just dont think thats where I was meant to be.
HAVE A THEORY: YOU COULDNT EVER REALLY BE A SEXPOT BECAUSE OF YOUR PERFECT
Id never thought of it that way! Youre probably right, thoughI
shall mull over your theory.
YOU WENT TOPLESS IN S.O.B. VERY JANET JACKSON, JULIE.
yes, its all been done before. [laughs]
AS YOUR S.O.B. CO-STAR ROBERT PRESTON SAID IN THAT FILM, YOUVE
GOT A TERRIFIC PAIR OF KNOCKERS. TELL ME, IS THERE JOY IN HAVING THEM
FROZEN FOREVER ON CELLULOID?
thought you were going to say, Is there any joy in having a terrific
pair of knockers? [laughs]
WHEN S.O.B. CAME OUT, BUMPER STICKERS DID APPEAR IN L.A. THAT READ,
MARY POPPINS IS A FLASHER. BUT YOU ONCE HAD YOUR OWN SPECIAL BUMPER
STICKER, TOO, DIDNT YOU?
yes. I used to ride around in my youth with a bumper sticker which said, Mary
Poppins is a Junkie. [laughs] But in the sixties it seemed okay to do
that kind of thingI certainly wouldnt do it now.
KNOW, SOME STILL FEEL THAT YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND ARE AN ODD COUPLE, BUT
dont get itBlake is the most charismatic man Ive
ever met and I dont know how any
.[laughs] Well, its true;
very few ladies COULD resist him in those days.
IN A WAY, AFTER THE JULIE FALLOUT, HE KEPT YOUR CAREER GOING, YES?
were never mutually exclusive, but to some extent he did. The trouble with
early roles like Poppins and Maria, which I would never, ever knock in a million
years, but in as much as a producer doesnt think of you in any other
respect, it can be a little off-puttingand, well, Blake, somehow,
got the impression that I was capable of a little more than just that.
YOU WERE. SO WHAT, AT AGE 68, HAS A LEGENDARY LIFE IN HOLLYWOOD TAUGHT YOU?
things go round in circles, and every time somebody says, Oh, they just
dont MAKE that anymore, you can bet your bottom dollar that its
probably going to be back in a few years time.
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