Julie Andrews reflects on romantic movie scenes and marriage: Part 2

Andrews recalls details of her iconic Hollywood work and personal life.
6:49 | 10/12/19

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Thank you very much. A magical young woman has begun a career that will bring decades of joy and music. But even with that sun lit voice -- the hills are alive with the sound of music -- There was always something a little wistful in Julie Andrews' eyes. These are a few of my favorite things At the moment she is maybing "Sound of music" her marriage to her childhood sweetheart was ending in divorce. She said she was incredibly naive when she made her first love scene. I don't have a man. Terrified. I had no idea what one was supposed to do with a kiss and all of that. James garner who was delicious made it very easy for me and I began to think it's getting a little hot in here. And when I got up I kept thinking, I can manage this and I got up and my legs buckled because it really hit me rather hard. Did you know a lot about men? No. I didn't. And then she writes in her new memoir she was driving through an intersection in Hollywood when a man pulls up in a rolls Royce. And I'm afraid I was trying very hard not to fall in love with him and that was Blake Evans. He was a well known director for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and the "Pink panther" movies. You said he was devestatingly funny, wicked even, but there was something dangerous about him. He seems to be turning to you to save him, fix him. But you have to remember I was very used to that kind of thing because I was, you know, a very big codependent with may own family and so I became that with Blake. It was two years before she agreed to marry him perhaps inside still that little girl who believed if she sang her heart out she could somehow rescue her mother and step father from their disappointment. You paint a portrait of a trampoline type of life with this gallbladder, back pain, the Very stressful at times always. She writes about trying to pull him through the volatile moods, even suicidal anxiety. And self-medicating. Yes. Eventually. Demarol and then oxy. It was one of those monsters that got hold of him so strongly that he couldn't resist. But through it all with that singular determination and stamina she keeps up a staggering schedule, worried about money because of his impulsive over spending and their giant, blended household. There are five children in three countries. Three dogs. One of which is not house trained and will not be house two cats one of which has gastroenteritis. That's in London. A hamster, a canary. Blake has a cold. Or append site is or something. You're just making pancakes in the kitchen and carrying on. And saying, we will have harmony in this house. When she is in her 60s she agrees to go to Broadway to perform "Victor Victoria" written and directed by her husband. Eight performances a week it puts a strain on her voice. And it leads to that medical procedure that cost her her song. I think in spite of the pain of it and the sadness of it, I then found another life. When Blake Edwards died in 2010, she had remained loyally at his side for 41 years. He wrote a poem, when all is said and done the lady's by your side for the wild fun, the fierce pain, the laughter, and And dearest when I show you this, I know what you will say. Sorry, that's a door bell. That sometimes rings and it's for a house half way down my street. It's Blake actually. He's probably doing something. Blake, stop. Anyway, the end of the poem is, and, darling, when I show you this poem, I know what you will say. What else, you'll grin, what else will you write of me today? Today she is still working, movies, TV, writing books, and still taking care of a far flung family of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. This is her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton who said as a little girl she was in a store and looked at the movie poster of Mary Poppins. I distinctly remember point ath one of them and saying there is mummy and suddenly being aware of these two women, these two mothers shopping in the same area going, isn't that sweet? That little girl thinks her mother is Mary Poppins. Poor, deluded child. Exactly. Emma helped write the book about her mother. And the life that once so radiant and valiant. I don't know a more resilient person. And forever a champion of happy endings. That's as it should be. These are lyrics she loves. My ship was a song that had the most beautiful lyrics. My ship has sailed that are made the decks are trimmed with gold. And Jasmine spice a paradise in the hold And then the very, very end of it the song sums up by saying the pearls and such. The pearls and such they won't mean much Missing just one thing. And the song says, I don't care to have any of those unless I also have a true love that will come with it. And coming up what Julie Andrews thought of that Mary Poppins redone for a new age.

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