Julie Andrews Says That Her Voice Will Never Recover
What would life be like without the beautiful voice of Julie Andrews singing the songs from The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins or My Fair Lady? It’s painful to imagine that her voice will never be heard performing again but, fortunately, she has found a positive way to look at the situation.
After a surgery to remove non-cancerous throat nodules in 1997, Andrews lost her signature four-octave range and was left with permanent limitations on her ability to carry a tune. The Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress said that the operation left her “without a certain piece of [her] vocal cords” and, while she can still speak “pretty well” and sing a “few bass notes,” she will never be able to deliver any of the songs that made her famous.
While it’s true that she has agreed to do some “speak-singing,” (as she did in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement), the 77-year-old is content with using her voice to direct in the theater and in books. She even said that, in some ways, she is happy she lost the ability to sing, since it forced her to find new ways of expressing herself.
She has co-written 27 children’s books with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton (including the recently released Little Bo in London: The Ultimate Adventure of Bonnie Boadicea) and is directing a musical adaptation of her book, The Great American Mousical. Sounds adorable!
Sometimes, we find out how truly talented we are when we think we’ve lost everything and Andrews is a prime example.