Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews was born 1 October 1935. She is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director, and dancer. Andrews started her career on the stage with the 1954 Broadway production The Boy Friend followed by My Fair Lady and Camelot, but the debut film, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, was Mary Poppins (1964). Her second Academy Award nomination was for The Sound of Music (1965). In the 1960s Andrews had other box office successes with The Americanization of Emily, Hawaii, Alfred Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other enormous successes were 10 (1979) and Victor Victoria (1982). After a period of silence, Andrews’ career revived in the 2000s with The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), the Shrek animated films (2004–2010), and Despicable Me (2010). Meanwhile , unfortunately, her vocal range was damaged during a throat operation in 1997. In 2003, Andrews started her career as a stage director with a revival of The Boy Friend in New York. Andrews is also an author of children’s books, and in 2008 published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, which includes memories of surviving the London Blitz. She received numerous awards including, in 2000, Dame, received by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts and, in 2002, she was placed at number 59 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.