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Julie Andrews has one of those magical singing voices that can transport you instantly to a happy place -- maybe your childhood couch, watching The Sound of Music for the 405th time. Tragically, a throat operation left her unable to sing after 1997. But somehow, the 74-year-old actress's voice has been restored: Julie Andrews has announced her first concert performance in 30 years, to take place in London in May.
So far, Andrews isn't saying how she got her voice back (she had sued the hospital that operated for malpractice) -- but we'll be glad to hear it again. Here are some highlights of Julie's singing career:
1940 - During the Blitz on London in WWII, five-year-old Julie entertains families in bomb shelters with her adult-sounding singing voice.
1948 - Julie becomes a variety-show star in England. She is thirteen.
1955 - The Boy Friend makes her a Broadway star, landing her two career-defining theater roles:
1956 - Eliza Doolittle, the street-urchin-turned-society lady in My Fair Lady.
1960 - Queen Guinevere, King Arthur's unfaithful wife in Camelot.
1964 - After being turned down for the role she created in the film version of My Fair Lady, Andrews stars in Mary Poppins and becomes an instant movie star. Wins and Oscar and a Grammy (for the cast album).
1965 - The Sound of Music stars Julie as a singing nanny who leaves a convent for love. Gets an Oscar nomination and soon, her own TV show.
1983 - After a few non-singing roles, plays a woman posing as a drag queen in husband Blake Edwards' adults-only musical Victor/Victoria. Sings lots of drag queen songs, gets third Oscar nomination.
1995 - Does a stage version of Victor/Victoria on Broadway.
2001 - After she loses her voice, returns to the regal roles of her youth as Queen Clarisse in The Princess Diaries franchise, Queen Lillian in the Shrek movies. Does not sing, until...
2010 - The hills are alive with the sound of music, and she'll sing once more. Brava!
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