Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
I've been proven wrong. I was surprised to find ou...more
The problem is...you don't really. There was just no emotion in it and I just don't feel like a got a lot of insight into her. She did share quite a bit about her difficult childhood. But she shared it with exactly the same tone and pacing and matter-of-factness that she used w...more
Most people tend to have a preconceived idea as to what Julie Andrews' life must have been like...she always seems so polite and proper, and of course she is so talented, that you assume her life was practically perfect in every way. Reading the first chapters of Home, you realize that this simply is not the case.
She tells of her unorthodox famil...more
Andrews' tawdry upbringing (or rather, her being raised by an oft-tawdry couple, her "Mum" and step-dad Ted Andrews) is given just enough description to paint a picture but it stops short of drowning the reader in goo. And one cannot help but think that perhaps Andrews developed that slightly reserved, wholesome, and modest persona -- the one...more
She's charming and polite and as forthcoming as she can be, which is to say, not very forthcoming. There's crisp British distance between the events of her childhood and young adulthood, none of which was terribly storybook. The product of a one-night stand (which she didn't know until much later), Andrews dearly loved the man she thoug...more
In this memoir Andrews tells the story of her early life going from a young vaudeville star in England to a Broadway celebrity.
For the most part, I thought it was an interesting book. While the book was written with the grace and dignity that Andrews has come to be known for I found it interesting to learn that she might not be as squeaky clean as the image she...more
But overall it was just a very charming story of a humble and gracious woman. It only goes through the birth of her first child (just before filming of Mary Poppins) so there is a lot of story left to fill in.
I am really surprised how much I enjoyed this book.
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 moth
Julie Andrews' childhood is something I NEVER could have guessed! Who knew someone so refined and gracious could come from the dysfunctional, excuse me - D-Y-S-F-U-N-C-T-I-O-N-A-L family situation into which she was born! It was very interesting to read...more
Julie Andrews memoir ‘home’ is one of those books that you just loose yourself within, following the life story of one of the most magical and iconic individuals. Full of the glitz and glamour of the showbiz scene and the highs and lows of acting, Andrew’s story is one that takes you from the horrific Blitz to dazzling Broadway all in a snapshot. Since appearing on our screens in the wonderful Mary...more
So, I was really excited to read her memoir. But since I read it right after Carol Burnett's latest book, it fell...more
Rather than simply rehash her Hollywood career, Julie Andrews has taken the time and nurtured a book that lovingly details the history of English vaudeville, England itself during World War II and its monarchy and the heydays of Broadway and the West End. Rather than focus solely on herself, she writes about many of the great authors, th...more
Such a treat to get a peek into her life; albeit her family life growing up was so sad. But even as a child, her voice was recognized as phenomenal. In spite of the fact that agents and producers sought her out, she never considered she was good enough to make it into Broadway or Hollywood. But make it she did, and her grace, eloquence an...more
She speaks with candor and grace about her difficult childhood which took me completely by surprise. She speaks very matter-of-fact...more
Andrews's prose is charming and flows crisply. She has a flair for the interesting anecdote and for making the reader feel as if they are backstage with her, rehearsing for "My Fair Lady" or despairing over "Camelot." (I...more
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and, looking from my garden room,
I watched the sun-baked flower fill with rain.
It seemed so fragile,
and such a silence filled the air,
the beauty of the moment caused me pain.
"What more?" I thought. "There must be more."
As if in answer then, I saw
one weighty drop that caused my rose to fall.
It trembled, then cascaded down
to earth just staining gentle brown
and, since then, I've felt different.