Book Characters Julie Andrews Brings to Life in Adaptations

The talented Julie Andrews has appeared in many beloved book adaptations. So for her 87th birthday, we take a look at some book characters she’s portrayed.

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Born on October 1, 1935, Dame Julie Andrews is loved by many for her works in film, writing, and theatre. She is famously known for acting roles such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, while also voices roles in movies like Shrek, Enchanted, and Aquaman. Andrews is truly versatile with the many productions and projects she is a part of. 

She has also been in theatrical productions of My Fair Lady and Victor/Victoria. Surprisingly, she is also an author of children’s books such as the Little Bo series and The Very Fairy Princess series. Andrews has also written her own memoirs titled Home: A Memoir of My Early Years and Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

Julie Andrews has quite an extensive career, but she prominently brings characters we adore to life in movies and shows. To share our love for Andrews, here are some book adaptations she has starred in. 

1. Cinderella in Cinderella

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In the 1957 televised musical, Cinderella, Julie Andrews starred as Cinderella. The musical is based on the famous and timeless fairytale specifically the French version by Charles Perrault. It is about Cinderella and the mistreatment she faces from her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. One day, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball after getting help from a fairy godmother. But when the clock strikes midnight, she runs away from the Prince and leaves behind her glass slipper. The Prince, armed with only her glass slipper as a clue to who she is, begins searching for the girl whose foot fits perfectly in the glass slipper. Then, they reunite and they live happily ever after. 

2. Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins is a musical fantasy film based on the children’s book series by the same name written by P.L. Travers. Julie Andrews plays the magical nanny who arrives out of thin air like literally, she comes down from the sky using her umbrella to float down. She arrived to take care of Mr. Banks’ children, Jane and Michael. With Mary Poppins, they experience magical adventures full of fun and amusement such as transporting inside a painting. They also meet Bert, her old friend. But more importantly, she helped Mr. Banks realize he needs to spend more time and become closer to his children.  

3. Maria in The Sound of Music

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Another adaptation Julie Andrews starred in is The Sound of Music. It is a musical drama film based on the 1949 memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, by Maria A. Trapp. The musical is famously known for songs such as “My Favorite Things.” Andrews plays the role of Maria hired to be a governess while still deciding if she wants to become a nun. She is a governess to Captain Georg von Trapp, a widowed father and former naval officer, and his seven children. Maria and the Captain fall in love and soon marry. But when Austria is annexed by Nazi Germany, they flee from Austria with the children.

4. Queen Clarisse Renaldi in The Princess Diaries & The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

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There is no one more fitting for the role of the elegant and lovely Queen Clarisse Renaldi than Julie Andrews. The films are adaptations of young adult novels of the same title written by Meg Cabot. The Princess Diaries is centered around Mia Thermopolis who suddenly finds out she is the heir to the throne of a European kingdom, Genovia. Upon meeting Queen Clarisse Renaldi, her estranged grandmother and the kingdom’s reigning queen, Mia receives “princess lessons” from her. She then has 3 weeks to decide whether she wants to either inherit or renounce the throne.

5. Lady Whistledown from Bridgerton

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With her beautiful and clean-cut voice, Julie Andrews lends her voice to the Netflix hit show, Bridgerton. The regency-era drama series is based on Bridgerton the series by Julia Quinn. Andrews portrays the unseen narrator, Lady Whistledown, who is an anonymous gossip column writer of a social pamphlet for the high society. She is not afraid to share all her opinions, as well as all the ins and outs of the characters. By having Andrews voice her, it keeps her identity a secret and even has fans guessing which character could possibly be Lady Whistledown. 

Julie Andrews is a renowned figure in the entertainment world and has been a part of so many classic adaptations. She is a phenomenal and adoring actress who brings so many lovable book characters to life. So we wish the happiest of birthdays to Julie Andrews! 

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