[[caption-width-right:268:Over 80-years-old, and she still looks better than you.]]

->''"All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can't bat a thousand all the time."''

There are ''many'' people who are the Princesses of Television. Now, meet the Queen - the Acting one, not the British one that lives in Buckingham Palace. That is a ''whole'' different kettle of fish, though they ''are'' both British - [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Dame]] Julie Andrews is a world-famous British actress, most notable for her roles as Film/MaryPoppins and Maria von Trapp in the film version of ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.

Born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, England, Julie Andrews grew up performing in vaudeville as a child, after her parents discovered her "freakish" four-octave singing voice. In 1948, at age 12, she performed at the Royal Command Variety Performance, the youngest person ever to do so.

She made her Broadway debut in ''The Boy Friend'', but became a national sensation as Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway smash ''Theatre/MyFairLady''. In early 1957, she took a week off from the show to star in Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein's TV production of ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'', which became the most-watched television broadcast in history. While performing her third Broadway lead Queen Guenivere in ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' she was approached by Creator/WaltDisney, who asked her to star in the upcoming live-action adaptation of ''Film/MaryPoppins''. She agreed, and two years later won Best Actress in a Leading Role at both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards of 1964 - beating out Audrey Hepburn, who was nominated only for the former award, for her role as... Eliza Doolittle in the film of ''Film/MyFairLady''. On top of that, Andrews gave a classic TakeThat acceptance speech at the Golden Globes which she thanked Jack Warner for snubbing her for the film version of Eliza, and thus being able to trump Hepburn. The next year she had an even bigger smash hit she starred in the film of ''The Sound of Music''.

Sick of her [[ContractualPurity sweet reputation]], she took much more daring roles in the 1970s and '80s. She returned to Broadway in yet another smash, ''Film/VictorVictoria'', reprising her role from the film as a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman.

Her career tapered off in the '90s, partly due to a botched vocal surgery that cost Andrews her four-octave range, but she returned full-force as Queen Clarisse in ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' in her first Disney film in 40 years. She went on to voice Queen Lillian in the ''{{Franchise/Shrek}}'' franchise, star as Lily in ''Film/TheToothFairy'', and voice Marlena Gru in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' and ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3''.

Today she is well known as a writer, actress, director (of the Broadway revival of ''The Boy Friend'') and spokeswoman. Her singing voice is slowly coming back, although she will probably never regain those four octaves her first public singing performance was in ''The Princess Diaries'' sequel. Hardened crewmen cried.

She and director Creator/BlakeEdwards were married in 1969 [[RomanceOnTheSet during the filming of]] ''Film/DarlingLili'' and remained married until his death in 2010. She counts comedienne Creator/CarolBurnett, ''The Sound of Music'' co-star Creator/ChristopherPlummer and three-time co-star James Garner among her closest friends.

Andrews' other famous films include ''[[{{Film/SOB}} S.O.B.]]'', ''Film/ThoroughlyModernMillie'', ''The Americanization of Emily'',[[note]]Her personal favourite role, and co-star James Garner's as well.[[/note]] and ''Film/TornCurtain'' (directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock).

She's also written several children's books under the name Julie Andrews Edwards, the most famous of which are ''Literature/TheLastOfTheReallyGreatWhangdoodles'' and ''Mandy''. Interestingly, most of the marketing for them doesn't mention the author's work as an actress. They're quite charming. She is also the lead in ''Julie's Greenroom'', an original Creator/JimHenson Company production featuring Andrews hosting a group of young children who are learning about the theater, with top-flight guest stars such as Creator/IdinaMenzel. It can be seen on Creator/{{Netflix}}. Additionally, she narrated ''Broadway: The American Musical'', a six-part Creator/{{PBS}} documentary miniseries on the Broadway musicals where she started her career that aired in the fall of 2012.

She also swears like a sailor given the opportunity. She also met David Tennant once - he ''almost died of glee and sheer joy.''
!! Julie Andrews provides examples of:
* EnglishRose: She is mostly remembered as a perfectly decent and squeaky clean British woman, a role she played in her most famous films.
* IAmVeryBritish: To most people outside the UK she is the most famous example of an actress fitting this trope.
* [[SirSwearsALot Lady Swears-a-Lot]]: She is infamously foul-mouthed behind the scenes in contrast to the public's perception of her as a proper English lady.
* TheMusical: Appeared in many musicals, where she got to show off her impressive vocal range.
* OddFriendship: Between herself and Creator/CarolBurnett, at first glance since one is primarily known being an EnglishRose while the other for a more working-class style of comedy. But both have their roots in vaudeville and share a similar sense of humor. They've appeared in three well-received TV specials together, the first of which has an opening number ("You're So London") highlighting their differences. In her children's show ''Julie's Greenroom'', Burnett plays a wealthy benefactor named Edna Brightful who makes a sizeable donation to Julie's theater class after being impressed by their original performance.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: Andrews lives on in the public conscience as Mary Poppins and Maria in "The Sound Of Music".