Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

by Julie Andrews

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Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.

In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney himself saw her on Broadway and cast her as the world's most famous nanny.

Along the way, she weathered the London Blitz of World War II; her parents' painful divorce; her mother's turbulent second marriage to Canadian tenor Ted Andrews, and a childhood spent on radio, in music halls, and giving concert performances all over England. Julie's professional career began at the age of twelve, and in 1948 she became the youngest solo performer ever to participate in a Royal Command Performance before the Queen. When only eighteen, she left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, and thus began her meteoric rise to stardom.

Home is filled with numerous anecdotes, including stories of performing in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison on Broadway and in the West End, and in Camelot with Richard Burton on Broadway; her first marriage to famed set and costume designer Tony Walton, culminating with the birth of their daughter, Emma; and the call from Hollywood and what lay beyond.

Julie Andrews' career has flourished over seven decades. From her legendary Broadway performances, to her roles in such iconic films as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hawaii, 10, and The Princess Diaries, to her award-winning television appearances, multiple album releases, concert tours, international humanitarian work, best-selling children's books, and championship of literacy, Julie's influence spans generations. Today, she lives with her husband of thirty-eight years, the acclaimed writer/director Blake Edwards; they have five children and seven grandchildren.

Featuring over fifty personal photos, many never before seen, this is the personal memoir Julie Andrews' audiences have been waiting for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401395421
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 4,991
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Julie Andrews' career has flourished over seven decades. Most recently she's played the queen in both the Princess Diaries and Shrek films. Her bestselling children's books include The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Mandy, and The Great American Mousical. She currently lives with her husband of 38 years, the acclaimed film director Blake Edwards, and they have five children and seven grandchildren.

Customer Reviews

Home 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
mishawaka-bookie More than 1 year ago
You may think you know everything there is of note about Julie Andrews, 'til you pick up this obsorbing memoir. Candid & smart, this gem brings Julie's early beginnings to page perfect realism. Anyone lucky to pick it up, will hear the music in her written voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie Andrews has written a very interesting autobiography of her life. She started singing at a very young age on stage. She kept going because of her phenomenal voice and beauty. She had a great many leading men that were truly interesting. She's had a really nice life except for the operation on her throat which destroyed her wonderful voice. This was a nice read about a nice lady. Julie Andrews enjoyed acting as well as singing, and she starred in movies and on the broadway stage. One of her regrets was not being selected to star in My Fair Lady, which she starred in on Broadway. But she was given a real break to her movie career by being chosen to be Mary Poppins, where she totally endeared herself to all her fans.
aml63 More than 1 year ago
I always loved Julie Andrews as a singer and actress, so I was already interested in reading the book. I loved every minute of it and could not put it down. Reading her story made me respect her so much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice read. She is such a class act in so many ways. I didn't understand why I couldn't see pictures on my nook. Was really looking forward to matching faces with her life events
nprfan1 More than 1 year ago
In telling us about the first twenty-odd years of her life, Julie Andrews reveals that she led a fairly sheltered existence for most of it. But with the advantage of hindsight she freely admits this, and it lends a certain spice to the story of the woman who was, for all intents and purposes, synonymous with the notion of G-rated movies for several years. Of course, seeing that this is Julie Andrews, the term "spice" is somewhat relative as well. But there are still details of her life that I wasn't aware of - for one, the fact that she came from a broken home. For another, the fact that she started her career in vaudeville. All told, Andrews tells her story in a forthright and interesting way, and I'm only sorry that she cut it off just before she started her work on "Mary Poppins". I would have loved to hear her impressions of Dick Van Dyke and the rest of that cast. I hope she continues her story and that the next volume comes out soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was walking in a market place and walked into a particular place. I found this book lying on a table for dedoration. I pulled my notebook out of my bag and wrote the authors name and the name of the book. Im a book worm, so if i c a book i gotta check it out! I read a paragraph. I went home and got on my nook and searched for it. I found it. Sucessfuly. i cannot wait to read it. But depending on the age its appropriate for i must wait. I do not know what age its appropriate to read. Anyway. I bet its a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hardcover is 339 pages so the ebook is probably close
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book that, if you love Julie Andrews, you hear her voice narrating to you. It was wonderful! I only wish there was more about her life after Mary Poppins.
IDICworld More than 1 year ago
Great book that brought back a lot of memories! Written simply and with feeling, Julie shares memories of childhood and the beginning of her stardom. Wonderful as a summer read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very glad I read this book. It was wonderful to take a look at her life before the movies, and see her life in theather. It made me long even more for the chance to see her in these roles on stage. If you like Ms. Andrews I say buy this and enjoy the read.
CEisenTN More than 1 year ago
I am about 3/4 the way through this book, it is a very interesting story into the beginning life of Julie Andrewsl.
Pattyro More than 1 year ago
The book was well written and gave insight to Julie we might never have known. I learned that she is well worth the admiration I have for her with her blessed talent!
Jewls15 More than 1 year ago
Home by Julie Andrews is an interesting autobiography about Andrews and her life when she was young. Many people know Julie from her big appearances in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music but this book really shows the reader her life before all of the fame. Julie was born on October 1, 1935 in England before World War 2. Her parents got divorced when she was very young. Her mother left her father for a Canadian singer named Ted Andrews. Julie¿s mother was an accomplished piano player and Ted and her mother traveled around performing. Their performances did not make a great deal of money so Julie¿s family was very poor. Ted Andrews then encourages Julie at an early age to pursue a singing career and trains Julie¿s voice between the ages of 8 to 12. Julie then performs in a Christmas play called ¿Cinderella¿ in London. Then she lands her first Broadway play in ¿The Boy Friend.¿ Andrews also recollects about her roles in ¿My Fair Lady¿ and ¿Camelot.¿ She shares her experiences in her different roles in the arts. She also shares about personal family experiences that many people have never heard about. One is about her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Tony Walton and the birth of her daughter named Emma. The major messages/ themes in the book are to follow your dreams and do not let your doubts get in the way of that. There were many things that I liked about this book. One of them was that I liked hearing about her experiences in the arts and the roles that she played. I also liked how I got to see what Julie Andrews life was like in her early years. My dislikes were that sometimes she went on and on about a certain thing that I thought were not necessary for the book. People should read this book because it is inspiring to see how Julie never gives up on her dreams. Many people only know Julie Andrews from when she was older and the readers are able to learn about what life was like for Julie at a young age. I would overall rate this book an 8 out of 10 because I really learned a lot about Julie Andrews and her life in the arts, performing and singing. This is an amazing book and is very highly recommended to anyone who knows about Julie Andrews and is interested in the arts.
in2motion37 More than 1 year ago
This book was enjoyable and one that I would happily continue reading. It ended at an appropriate time in her acting career & is written as easily as she speaks. Delightful!
BetsyinDahlonega More than 1 year ago
Julie Andrews had a very difficult youth, but overcame it to become the wonderful lady we know and love. Book is very well written and interesting.
Amy Lisenbee More than 1 year ago
while it is an intrresting story, it jumps around, as if from thought to thought without connection quite often.
TeddyBear23 More than 1 year ago
This book is very amazing. I felt like I was right there with her. She is a very strong woman to have to endure what she did growing up. I am so glad that she has a wonderful career. She worked her but off to be where she is at now. No one will ever forget "The Sound of Music." Even if you are not a Julie Andrews fan, I think that you still will love this book. I have wished since I was little to get a chance to meet her and talk with her. I want that more than ever now. She is an inspiration!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie Andrews' autobiography allows the reader with a new insight to the performer's life. It is very thorough and really covers everything. This is, in my opinion, one of the best features of the book, but it can also be a downside, as at times it tends to focus on little things that don't matter to the entire story. However, each memory is extremely detailed, which makes them all more interesting. The book begins with Julie as a young child, in which she talks about her first performances with her step father and her mother. She takes the reader through all of the shows she was in, including the ones where she performed in front of the Queen and Royal Family. Then she takes us to the first time she travels to America, which happens to be to star in a Broadway show. We then continue to follow her life at home and her stage career for the rest of the book. The major theme becomes clear at the beginning of the book- find who you are. Once you find it, grab it and don't let go. Chase your dreams in order to become who you are. It's a great message anyone should hear! I would recommend this book to people who are love to perform onstage, love to watch performances, or are a fan of Julie Andrews, as it's a detailed and great autobiography.
asladybug03 More than 1 year ago
I love Julie Andrews and when I saw her book I thought I don't know as I hate to read books about people's lives. But to my surprise it was very good. It as interesting to see what she had to go through to get to where she is today and how different the time she grew up in was from my own. I was intrigued and very happy that I bought this and look forward to reading another book of hers someday.
musiclovingbookworm More than 1 year ago
i bought this book because i was doing my final project for my music appreciation class on julie andrews. i have always loved her for both her movies and music, and was thrilled that she was my subject. i was immediately sucked into her world. i identified with her in a lot of ways becausei too, have sang for many years. because i love musicals, i relished her backstage stories while working on "my fair lady", "cinderella" (which rodgers and hammerstein wrote specifically for her.), and "camelot". i laughed with her. i cried with her. i enjoyed every minute of it! this is one of those books you won't want to put down. because of incredibly well-crafted and interesting book, i aced my project. after reading it, i was so inspired that i wrote a poem about her. this book only added to my admiration for this amazing lady. run, do not walk, to go buy this book.
iknow_iknow_iknow More than 1 year ago
Although this story ends too soon (at the birth of Julie's first child), I was excited to learn more about her growing up years and the hardships she endured. I'd always thought of her as so privileged and genteel, it was amazing to learn all the difficult times she had. She has emerged a true lady and an inspiration to singers and actors as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This brings insight to the life of Julie Andrews. Since Julie Andrews wrote this book, it is not boring like most autobiographies. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Julie Andrews and wants to learn more about her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After learning how Julie Andrews was brought up and her life experiences, tells the reader why and how this wonderful actress thinks and how she became who she became. It is remarkable that she went through all the hardship and misunderstandings and became this wonderful person that she is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well the only reason for me to write today is to let her know that she is the most elegant, classiest lady i have ever seen..i saw her in the princess diaries and have admired her since then.
John Green 3 months ago
Julie Andrews has lived on a pedestal since 1960 when I first heard her sing. I thought she must have been an angel. This book describes her as a person, which I still struggle with but have come to accept. Julie Andrews is truly one of a kind. Today's artists do not have what she gave the world.Thank you Julie Andrews!