Julie Andrews talks about life haunting surgery and moving on 21



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Her voice was like an angel when she sang – Julie Andrews was one of the most talented singers of our time. But sadly, in 1997, that voice was taken away from her. Julie awoke from throat surgery to remove noncancerous nodules to find that it had been botched and her soprano was no more.

This week, she revealed to People magazine just how devastating that surgery was, but how she has moved on and realised there was more to her than her pipes.

“It was devastating. For a while, I was in total denial, but then I had to do something”. So she became a writer and went on to write over a dozen books.

Of her botched surgery she said, “I thought at the time,  my voice was what I am – but it seems it’s not all that I am”. She even used a poignant line from the Sound of Music – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – to sum up her feelings of that fateful time, 18 years ago: “What I say in the movie is true: a door closes and a window opens. Had I not lost my voice, I would never have written this number of books. I would never have discovered that pleasure”.

Have you been in Julie’s position before? What was taken away from you and what did you learn from it?

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  1. What a True star. Yes I had my lovely husband and soulmate taken from me at just 55 but had to take a good look at where I was going…. Was asked back to work doing some wonderful tasks in schools and with my 2 of our kids overseas I was forced to travel and I have since been to some amazing places including South Africa last year and off to Portugal this year. Have now retired and while I still miss my husband I fill my life with my family, hobbies , volunteering and travel. I value every day.

  2. Julie Andrews is a wonderful, lovely and inspiring person. I adore her and my favorite movie is The Sound of Music. I teach this in my music classes now!

  3. She’s a wonderful performer with a heart of gold. I was blessed to be in the audience at QPAC in May last year to see her and Nicholas Hammond, who played Kurt in The Sound Of Music, present an informal evening where she spoke about her early family life, her career, the love she and her husband, Blake Edwards, shared and her new career as a writer with her daughter Emma. AND to top it all off and much to everyone’s surprise, she actually did raise her voice again – for the beautiful Eidelweiss – and she invited all of us to sing along with her. I couldn’t imagine a more delightful way to top off a wonderful night – and she still sounded fabulous and gave every single one of us a few moments we will never ever forget. I’ve performed in coffee clubs and on a few stages before but I never thought I would ever be able to say I’ve sung with Julie Andrews!

  4. You have been my hero all my life Julie.
    You are such a beautiful person and all class and sing like a bird

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