• by Julie Andrews
  • Narrated by Julie Andrews
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes her listeners on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney himself saw her on Broadway and cast her as the world's most famous nanny. Along the way, she weathered the London Blitz of World War II; her parents' painful divorce; her mother's turbulent second marriage to Canadian tenor Ted Andrews; and a childhood spent on radio, in music halls, and giving concert performances all over England.Julie's professional career began at the age of 12, and in 1948 she became the youngest solo performer ever to participate in a Royal Command Performance before the queen. When only 18, she left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, and thus began her meteoric rise to stardom.Home is filled with numerous anecdotes, including stories of performing in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison on Broadway and in the West End, and in Camelot with Richard Burton on Broadway; her first marriage to famed set and costume designer Tony Walton, culminating with the birth of their daughter, Emma; and the call from Hollywood and what lay beyond.Julie Andrews' career has flourished over seven decades, and her influence spans generations. Today, she lives with her husband of 38 years, the acclaimed writer/director Blake Edwards; they have five children and seven grandchildren.


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The Road to Fame, Dame Julie style

The incredible true story (part 1) of how Julie Andrews honed her craft on her way to becoming one of the world's best-known and revered actors.

I found this book very hard to pause, and we are honored to have Dame Julie herself tell her story. I could hear echoes of her as Maria teaching the von Trapp children...

Highly recommended, and anxiously awaiting part 2!
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- Christopher


Julie Andrew's lovely voice brought extra magic to this memoir.
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- Teri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2008
  • Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks