There are many films that I can watch over and over, but none have captured my heart like The Sound of Music. It debuted when I was in fourth grade and is, by far, my favorite movie of all time. The beautiful music especially, always enthralls me. Several years ago I played the movie’s timeless “Bridal March” on the organ for the wedding of a friend. As she walked down the aisle, I couldn’t help but picture the iconic wedding scene of Maria and the Captain. Maria and the Von Trapp family pull me in with each twist and turn of their story. Each time I watch, I am struck with this simple theme woven throughout the movie: love wins out.
The Sound of Music not only quickly became my favorite movie, but also introduced me to my favorite actress, the iconic Julie Andrews.
This British dame has been stealing hearts for years, both with her films and her incredible four-octave singing range. My children grew up not only with The Sound of Music, but with our family favorite, Mary Poppins. I will never forget the many times I would sing along with my sons, Eric and Brian, as we attempted to spell “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
Throughout her illustrious career, Julie has proven herself a veteran of comedy, drama, and music and has received countless Academy and Tony awards for her performances. She touches each generation in a new way with her artistry and films. Her role as Queen Clarisse Renaldi in the two The Princess Diaries movies showcased both her comedy and grace. This role proved to be quite fitting considering Andrews was honored by the British Empire with the title of Dame Commander in 2000. After a disastrous throat surgery in 1997, her 2004 film, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, marked the first time she sang for the public since the surgery robbed her of most of her range.
In recent years, Andrews has transitioned into children’s entertainment. My grandchildren share my love for The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins but also recognize her voice in some of their favorite movies like Enchanted, Shrek, and Despicable Me. Andrews has also written several children’s books with her daughter, Emma.
Now in her eighties, Julie is still as elegant as ever. She sets such an example of effortless beauty and grace for women all over the world. I am continually in awe of her talent each time I watch one of her many films. The timeless elegance of Julie Andrews will allow her work to continue touching generations for years to come.
What is your favorite Julie Andrews film?