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Julie Andrews Delighted By Sing-A-Long Surprise From Sound Of Music Children

While musicals may not be everyone’s favorite, the iconic Sound of Music soundtrack stands as a significant milestone in music history. Released in 1965 by RCA Victor, an American record label renowned for representing influential artists such as Elvis Presley and Diana Ross, the soundtrack became the best-selling UK album in 1965, 1966, and 1968.

This achievement is largely attributed to the timeless voice of Julie Andrews, who portrayed Maria Von Trapp—the only actress considered for the role by director Robert Wise. Alongside the Von Trapp children, she delivered a heartwarming performance based on the true story from the 1949 book, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.”

Dame Julie Andrews, who received her title in 2000, has had an extraordinary career. Notable roles include “Mary Poppins,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1964 and the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical in 1965, “The Princess Diaries” as Queen Clarisse Renaldi, and the voice of Gru’s Mom in the “Despicable Me” movies.

It was no surprise when the legendary actress was presented with the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award on June 9th this year. The show honored her outstanding work and celebrated the immense joy she has brought to audiences.

In this delightful clip from the presentation, Julie sings along to “Do-Re-Mi” as the audience reflects on her career. In a touching moment, the five remaining performers who played the Von Trapp children joined Julie for an emotional chorus. These were Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta), and Kym Karath (Gretl).

Julie’s remarkable career, spanning over seven decades, has brought joy to countless people worldwide. The actress, singer, and author truly deserves every award she has received and will forever be the voice that brought The Sound of Music into our hearts and homes.

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