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Julie Andrews Thrilled by Spontaneous Sing-Along with Her ‘Sound of Music’ Co-Stars

While musicals might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the iconic “Sound of Music” soundtrack became a defining milestone in music history. Released in 1965 by RCA Victor, a notable American record label featuring legends like Elvis Presley and Diana Ross, this album dominated as the best-selling album in the UK for 1965, 1966, and 1968.

At the heart of this success was Julie Andrews’ captivating role as Maria Von Trapp, a part that director Robert Wise believed only she could fulfill. Her enchanting portrayal, alongside the performances of the Von Trapp children, won hearts globally, inspired by the real-life events depicted in the 1949 book “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.”

In 2000, Julie Andrews was honored with the title of Dame, recognizing her extensive and diverse career which includes her Oscar-winning performance as Mary Poppins, her role as Queen Clarisse Renaldi in “The Princess Diaries,” and her voice work in the “Despicable Me” series. Her recent recognition with the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award on June 9th this year was a tribute to her significant contributions to the arts, marking the widespread joy she has brought to audiences.

A memorable moment of the ceremony was when Julie Andrews performed “Do-Re-Mi,” reflecting on her illustrious career. This was made even more special by a touching reunion with the surviving Von Trapp child actors – Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta), and Kym Karath (Gretl), adding a layer of emotional resonance to the event.

Spanning over seventy years, Julie Andrews’ illustrious career has captivated global audiences. As an actress, singer, and author, she has earned her accolades and continues to be a beloved figure in “The Sound of Music,” echoing its timeless melodies in our lives and hearts.

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