In Nov 1948 Julie Andrews, who would go on to star in "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music", became the youngest solo artist to perform at a Royal Command Variety Performance, British Pathe captured the moment.
On November 1, 1948, Julie Andrews, aged13, became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Command Variety Performance before King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the London Palladium.
In this British Pathe footage, we see Andrews singing the British National Anthem for the King and Queen. On the night she performed alongside Danny Kaye, the Nicholas Brothers, and the comedy team George and Bert Bernard. The show was presented by Val Parnell. In the clip, Andrews runs on in front of Danny Kaye wearing a white A-frame dress and begins to sing, the audience joins in.
Dame Julie Andrews started out her career in London's West End, in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954). Billed as “Britain’s youngest prima donna”, she rose to prominence starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady (1956) playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot (1960) playing Queen Guinevere.
Andrews made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins (1964), and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. She starred in The Sound of Music (1965), playing Maria von Trapp, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
In 2000, Andrews was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts.
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