Spoiled Children of Divorce

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Julie Andrews

The Hills are Alive With the Sound of Music…

Julie Andrews, that Great Nanny of Stage and Screen, is Child of D. She’s played every fairy tale character of single family households on Broadway, at the Movies and on TV: Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Cinderella.

Andrews’ parents divorced when she was around 4. Her theatrical Mother fell in love with another actor, Ted Andrews, and her parents separated. Ted Andrews became Andrews Stepfather. Andrews’ Father also remarried. “I’ve got more mothers and fathers than anyone in the world.” (Wikipedia)

At first Andrews lived with her Father but moved in with her Mother and StepFather in order to develop her Musical talents. The entire family performed together. Andrews changed her name to her StepFather’s last name.

Andrews is herself once divorced and twice married. Her first marriage to Tony Walton lasted 14 years. They had a daughter, Emma Kate. Andrews is still married to her second husband, Blake Edwards. They have 2 daughters together, Amy and Joanna.

ADDITION:  I’ve recently read that Julie Andrews has published an autobiography admitting that she was molested by her step-father.

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I’ve read and enjoyed the Julie Andrews book, Home. In it she tells of being approached by her step-father, but not actually molested. Also, the book tells of her being married to Tony Walton in 1959. The two may have been together for 14 years, but only married for 8. She then married Blake Edwards and their two daughters were adopted.

Comment by Dianne

I just finished “Home,” and recommend it to anyone who enjoyed any of her extraordinary performances. I’m watching Mary Poppins again with my daughters and seeing it, and her, in a new appreciative light.

Comment by Summer

I just read her book, and she mentions that she was sent to live with her mother and her hated step-father (who later kissed and molested her) because her real father couldn’t afford to take care of both kids. Sad, isn’t it?

Comment by Emma

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