Another 80-year milestone this week! The beloved star of Broadway’s My Fair Lady, the silver screen’s The Sound of Music, and Disney’s Mary Poppins, celebrated her 80th birthday on October 1st. She became well known at a young age for her perfect pitch and extensive vocal range that spanned four octaves. However, Andrews admitted that she wished she had gotten a better education. According to Biography, Julie left high school and began performing in vaudeville while still in her teens. Tim Wong of The Telegraph reported that Andrews always preferred singing music that was “bright and sunny,” choosing to avoid songs that were sad, depressing, upsetting, or written in a minor key.
Here is Julie Andrews singing in French at age 13:
Here is “Jolly Holiday,” her duet with Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins:
Here is Julie with the children singing “Do Re Mi” in The Sound of Music:
Here you can listen to The Sound of Music soundtrack:
I hope this will inspire you and your kids to watch the movies and sing a song. 🙂