Dame Julie’s crystal-clear voice made her a worldwide star and has outlined her total profession. As an grownup she had a exceptional four-octave vary however whilst youngster her expertise quickly drew consideration. She made her stage debut age 12 on the London Hippodrome after which carried out the next 12 months on the Royal Variety Performance in entrance of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. When the actress instantly misplaced her voice after a tragic mistake, it plunged her into despair.
In 1995, Dame Julie returned to the stage for the primary time in 35 years. Before Hollywood beckoned, she had made her title as Eliza Doolittle on Broadway, though the movie function was given to Audrey Hepburn.
Another film function, because the cross-dressing artist in Victor/Victoria, was revived for a gruelling world tour. After two years, the star’s voice had turn out to be hoarse and he or she was suggested to have an operation for suspected nodules on the vocal chords.
Instead of correcting the hoarseness, the operation destroyed her singing voice fully.
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It was bittersweet that one in every of musical theatre and the world’s biggest voices couldn’t belt out a basic ballad with the remainder of them, however then the Dame Julie introduced everybody to their ft and lots of to tears with a lovely shock.
At the climax of the evening, Michael Crawford carried out I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face from My Fair Lady.
Asked the basic query of the place it rains, Andrews sang out: “On the plane, on the plane.” And the place’s that soggy plain? “In Spain, in Spain.”
Two quick traces, simply ten phrases, however the viewers went wild and Crawford was clearly battling his feelings alng with everybody else.
Since the, Dame Julie has additionally sung briefly within the Princess Diaries motion pictures.