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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years | [Julie Andrews]

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

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.
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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.

©2008 Greengage Productions, Inc.; (P)2008 Hyperion

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    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 04-08-08
    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 04-08-08 Member Since 2006
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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!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    tpixie 06-02-08
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    "Home"

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cjfquilts Denver, CO USA 07-17-08
    cjfquilts Denver, CO USA 07-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful Story"

    I have always admired Julie Andrews but really did not know much about her. This is a very interesting book though it does drag a bit in spots. She also jumps around some in her story. Her description of her work on Broadway in the late 1950's and early 1960's is great. The sets, the costumes, the characters are all there. I can't wait for the rest of the story!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 08-22-12
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 08-22-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Who can't listen to Julie Andrews?"

    This is an audiobook narrated by Julie Andrews herself and I think its making all the difference. I could listen to her read the phone book - her voice is so melodious and appealing!

    It’s an autobiography of her early years, which is interesting, but I have to hope that she writes a followup of her later years because I don’t want to start from scratch again to hear the rest.

    My only complaint is the haphazard musical interludes between chapters – it’s so sporadic! What’s up with that?

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    Trish HANFORD, CA, United States 07-28-12
    Trish HANFORD, CA, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful!"

    I loved her honesty about her early family life. It couldn't have been easy to share all of those details. I also enjoyed the detail she included regarding her voice lessons with Lilian-Stiles Allen and the psychology of singing and performing. She is such a gifted person - obviously as a singer and performer, but also as an author. Please let there be a Home Part 2!

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    Sherry Beverly Hills, CA, United States 10-26-10
    Sherry Beverly Hills, CA, United States 10-26-10
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    "A real treat"

    Julie Andrews has been my favorite actress ever since she starred in "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music," so what a treat it was to listen on my IPod to "Home: A Memoir of My Early Years," and have her literally talk in my ear to tell me the story of her childhood through her early years of stardom on Broadway. I had no idea of the family strife she suffered, nor did I know that she had been a bit of a child star in Great Britain. Anyway, anyone who ever loved listening to Ms. Andrews sing or enjoyed her acting will be enormously pleased to listen to Julie telling them her life story. By the way, I think listening to the audiobook is the way to get the most enjoyment out of this book as you can't top hearing her life story in Ms. Andrews own distinguished vioce.

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    Kathy&David Prunedale, CA, United States 10-11-10
    Kathy&David Prunedale, CA, United States 10-11-10

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    "Inspiring and educational"

    Can't wait for more! Narration by Julie perfect. Julie's description of her highs and lows, challenges and successes are wonderfully balanced. She manages to give us insight into the darker parts of her life without dragging the reader down. Fascinating details of life on the road, West End, Broadway and live TV. Her descriptions of the fabulous people she worked with give great insight into some of real people behind the images. Review by Kathy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri Eureka Springs, AR, USA 06-30-08
    Lorri Eureka Springs, AR, USA 06-30-08
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    "Can't wait for the rest of Julie's Story"

    This was a fascinating listen - Julie Andrews narration of her book makes it even more compelling. The chapters just seemed to sail by - the only downside - it ends at the beginning of her film career. Her appraisals of the characters in her life are so balanced and insightful. What a fascinating life!

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    Ginny long beach, CA, USA 06-23-08
    Ginny long beach, CA, USA 06-23-08
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    "Wonderful"

    This was a wonderful read. I just finished it this weekend and was dissappointed that it came to an end (Julie, we want more!). I have always been a fan of her work and enjoyed hearing the about the early stages of her career.

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    Eileen Lutz, FL, United States 06-13-08
    Eileen Lutz, FL, United States 06-13-08 Member Since 2006
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    "It is Julie Andrew's"

    How could you not love this book? She has always been my favorite actress and singer. Now she is one of my favorite authors. I feel like she invited me into her life and shared her challenges, courage and the fun she had. This is a definite read for any one that likes biographies, Julie Andrew's or both!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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