Is there a more well-known actress on screen and on stage than Julie Andrews? Andrews, who was born in Walton-on-Thames in 1935, has made indelible contributions to the stage and screen. She is without a doubt one of her generation’s most iconic actresses. Her award-winning performances have stood the test of time and will undoubtedly do so in the future.
Julie Andrews, however, is known for much more than her well-known roles. Here are eight facts about Julie Andrews that you probably didn’t know.
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Julie Andrews
1. Passed Over The Role In My Fair Lady
Andrews was the first person to play the role in the Broadway production of “My Fair Lady”. However, when it came to casting the film, she was passed over in favor of “Audrey Hepburn”, who was more well-known. Andrews, on the other hand, won an “Academy Award” for Best Actress for her role in “Mary Poppins” that same year.
2. Iconic Mountain Scene
A helicopter was used to film the scene in “The Sound of Music” where Maria is spinning on the mountaintop. Andrews has stated that the wind from the helicopter knocked her down multiple times, necessitating multiple takes. 
3. Rose Named After Her
It’s no surprise that one of the most elegant women is honored by one of the most elegant flowers named after her. ” Julie Andrews roses” are orange-pink in color and were named after her at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1992. This was in honor of her role in “My Fair Lady” as a flower seller.
4. Lost Her Voice
While there is no doubt that Andrews possesses some natural talent, she is a classically trained soprano who began formal voice lessons at the age of ten. In 1997, however, she developed nodules in her throat and underwent routine surgery, which was supposed to allow her to resume singing six weeks later. Her vocal cords, however, were permanently damaged, and she was unable to perform again.
5. Her Musical Mentor
“Stiles-Allen” was Andrews’ Musical Mentor, and she considers Stiles as her third mother, the other two being her birth mother and stepmother. Andrews’ musical education was assisted by Stiles-Allen.
6. First Film Role
In the film ‘The Singing Princess,’ she played Princess Zella. Andrews got to show off her pipes for the first time at the age of 15, long before she took on her two famous roles as nannies that ought to be featured on the cover of Nannies Digest.
7. Refused a Tony Nomination
She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1996 for her performance as Victoria in the Victor/Victoria stage production. However, she declined the nomination because she believed the rest of the cast and crew did not receive the recognition they deserved.
8. Indecisive Person
Being decisive is probably a skill that comes in handy in the entertainment industry, but Julie Andrews claims she’s never been the type to make snap decisions. She claims, however, that she’s gotten better at it over time.