Julie Andrews Honored: 2006 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
43rd Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Simulcast on TNT and TBS on
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced that Julie Andrews, who for more than a half-century has been a beloved and much-honored stage, film, television and recording star, as well as a celebrated author and dedicated goodwill ambassador, will receive the Guild’s most prestigious tribute—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Andrews will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT.
In making today’s announcement, Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg said, “Julie Andrews is a woman of great generosity, creativity, courage, elegance and wit. She embodies and transcends the memorable roles she has created. Julie has been a positive presence in my life and continues to inspire multiple generations. I believe it is exceptionally significant to be recognized by people who do the same work you do. Julie seems genuinely touched and thrilled to be receiving an award from her fellow actors. I have assured her the honor is ours.“
Julie Andrews was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964’s “Mary Poppins.” Her iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe® and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar® nomination and won another Golden Globe® for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” She received her third Academy Award® nomination and won another Golden Globe® for her “dual” role in 1982’s “Victor/Victoria.”
Today’s young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews as a queen trying to train her teenaged granddaughter to be a princess in “The Princess Diaries,” and its sequel, “The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.” Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the summer 2004 blockbuster hit “Shrek 2,” and she is currently reprising her role in “Shrek 3,” due out in the summer of 2007.
Andrews’ other motion picture credits include “The Americanization of Emily,” “
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Andrews has also been honored for her work on television, beginning in 1957 with her Emmy®-nominated performance in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella.” She later won an Emmy® for her own musical variety series, “The Julie Andrews Hour,” and also earned Emmy® nominations for “Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center,” with her close friend Carol Burnett; her appearance on “The Andy Williams Show”; and her performance in the special “Sounds of Christmas.” Andrews’ more recent television work includes “Eloise at the Plaza” and her Emmy®-nominated performance in “Eloise at Christmastime.” She also re-teamed for the third time with James Garner in the telefilm “One Special Night, starred opposite Christopher Plummer in the CBS live production of “On Golden Pond” and hosted the Emmy®-winning PBS series: “Broadway: The American Musical.”
Already an accomplished best selling author (“The Last of The Really Great Whangdoodles,” “Mandy,” “Little Bo,” “Dumpy the Dump Truck”), Andrews has joined talents with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to pursue the publishing of books committed to stimulating a sense of wonder in children and young readers. The Julie Andrews Collection, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, was launched in October 2003 and has released 22 books to date. The Collection includes newly discovered authors and re-purposing books out of print. The “Dumpy the Dump Truck” franchise is currently being readied (with the Sesame Workshop) as a television series for PBS, with an initial launch in 2007. Andrews and
Andrews received her honors as a Dame of the
As a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) for 15 years, Andrews traveled as an advocate for women’s human rights and economic security. With her husband, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Blake Edwards, she is a founding board member of Operation U.S.A., which has provided privately funded worldwide relief and development assistance since its inception in 1979.
Andrews and Edwards, who have been married for nearly 37 years, have five children and seven grandchildren. www.sag.org