Quotes by Julie Andrews

The arts need funding.
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I am an optimistic lady.
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I hate the word wholesome.
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I was a very sad little girl.
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I've got a good right hook.
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You never start out being a star.
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I had a lot of learning on my feet.
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I was working from a very early age.
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I think any director is intimidating.
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I was always told I was not pretty enough.
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I've always seen the cup as half-full.
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When one door closes, another window opens.
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I would be a fool to deny my own abilities.
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My voice needed oiling, and then it took off.
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Broadway is a tough, tough arena for singing.
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I'm resilient, and I'm professional.
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You can't bring the arts too soon to kids.
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Singing has never been particularly easy for me.
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I don't want to be thought of as wholesome.
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Truthfully, I mostly can be as private as I want.
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I like - I actually love classical music very much.
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I did all of my learning on 'My Fair Lady.'
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I'm not very good with rap and things like that.
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You're always changing your thoughts about things.
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Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it.
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I seem to be very busy, and I seem always to be working.
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More than anything, the arts are the best teaching tool.
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I was named after my two grandmothers - Julia Elizabeth.
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I'd say almost that words come first, melody second.
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Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
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Marriage is the hardest work you're ever going to do.
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A lot of films seem to go to the lowest common denominator.
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By nature, I really am a fairly bouncy and sunny individual.
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Garry Marshall is a joy. I feel so utterly safe in his hands.
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Like most girls, I fantasized about being some sort of a princess.
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The thrill of being in front of a camera remains exactly the same.
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Some of my own books are being developed - one as a Broadway musical.
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Much as I adore the melodies, I choose a song for what it has to say.
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I've long wanted to introduce children to the wonder of the arts.
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And I think as long as a song has beautiful lyrics, I'm so happy.
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For me, whenever I choose a song to sing, it's about the lyric first.
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I was a child prodigy who had a freak voice of something like four octaves.
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I'm the lucky lady that was asked to be in those wonderful iconic pieces.
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The arts are usually the first thing to be cut in schools or regional programs.
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I love that President and Mrs. Obama are embracing the arts. I am so delighted.
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I don't think I have the image that say, Judy Garland has, or Bette Davis.
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I love singing, and I came to absolutely adore it in the later part of my career.
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I am told that the first comprehensible word I uttered as a child was 'home.'
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You take any job that comes along, and if you're really lucky, the movie takes off.
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Singing has been a cherished gift, and my inability to sing has been a devastating blow.
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As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually.
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I do wish somewhere there was a film of our stage production of 'My Fair Lady.'
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I justified working so hard by knowing that I was helping to maintain the roof over our heads.
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Let me put it this way: I can sing a hell of an 'Old Man River,' way down in the bass.
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Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
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I'm never sure one is exactly ready. You jump in, with both feet, into a very big fish pond.
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All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.
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I don't think today's younger audience... would even know what 1920s musicals were like.
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My sense of the family history is somewhat sketchy, because my mother kept a great deal to herself.
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I did 'My Fair Lady' for almost 3 1/2 years, eight performances a week. It was a marathon.
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If the director says you can do better, particularly in a love scene, then it is rather embarrassing.
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I grew up knowing only war, so for me, it was the way things were. It wasn't pleasant by any means.
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Programs that bring the arts to young kids are always the first to be cut. It's mind-boggling to me.
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I turned down 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brody' with Maggie Smith. I think she got the Academy Award.
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I'm just honored that some of my little contributions I've written with my daughter are doing well.
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Growing up in England, of course you do absorb certain ways the royals wave their hands and carry themselves.
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On the whole, I think women wear too much and are to fussy. You can't see the person for all the clutter.
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How dare one act like a diva when you have a lot of work to do and you need to find your disciplines and so on?
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A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it.
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I've made my pact with the Lord for the next lifetime. I would love to be a first-class musician. A super one.
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I thought it was all a flash in the pan. It wasn't until Broadway came along that I felt I had really made it.
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I'm the lucky one who got asked to do 'The Sound of Music' and all the other lovely things that I did.
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The arts bridge cultures; they're good for the economy, and they're good for fostering empathy and decency.
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I know I probably have a lot of rage in me that I don't show. But I'm not about to wallow in it or reveal it.
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There are elements of me in the roles I've played in the past. But people forget that Mary Poppins was just a role, too.
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My parents were in Vaudeville, in musical. And I would tour with them and had a couple of wonderfully lucky breaks in England.
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'Simeon's Gift' is really - it's about a musician who - in the Middle Ages, who goes out to find his muse.
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All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can't bat a thousand all the time.
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I miss singing with an orchestra because that's the most uplifting thing that I ever knew. It is just such a fabulous feeling.
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I had toured around England endlessly throughout my teens, but when I came to the U.S. to perform on Broadway, that was a huge step.
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I have always wished I could learn to be a potter. I love collecting ceramics; it would be so fulfilling to create something lovely.
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My mother was terribly important to me, and I know how much I yearned for her in my youth, but I don't think I truly trusted her.
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I'm beginning to think that I like the behind-the-scenes work as much as I do in front of the camera as I get a little bit older.
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Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
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I am very proud to be British. I'm very conscious of carrying my country with me wherever I go. I feel I need to represent it well.
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Behaving like a princess is work. It's not just about looking beautiful or wearing a crown. It's more about how you are inside.
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I play with my grandchildren. I tend to my garden, which I love. Of course, I love to read, and family is really what it's all about.
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There's nothing like the joy of the arts, and promoting the arts early in children is going to give them such a start in life in a way.
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I love my garden. I love my privacy. I'm very fierce about it. I try not to let too many people into my home. That's my private place.
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Our first visit to the Creature Shop is one of the days I will never, ever forget. There was just so much to see and admire and be gobsmacked by.
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You just don't know in life. Life knocks you about and pushes you over boundaries. But be ready. Do your homework; that's all I can say.
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I'd say just go with the flow. And I take my hat off to any mother out there who works full-time and raises a family as well. It's hard work.
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You'd think, of course, it's about the melody - that's a given. But really, I'm no good at singing a song unless it has a good lyric.
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I think every young girl at some point in her early life wonders what it's like to be a princess. They like the idea of dressing up and the fun of it.
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Did you ever notice the color of Mary Poppins' petticoats? They were kind of orange and apricot and red. I think she had a secret life going on there.
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My mum gave me pretty good genes in that department. She had gorgeous skin. That good English complexion. She never seemed to have a blemish that I knew of.
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I do not knock 'Poppins' or 'The Sound of Music.' They gave me pleasure, and I know they've given a lot of people enormous pleasure.
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I adored my birth father and constantly worried that I was being disloyal to him and his schoolteacher roots if I spent too much time performing and enjoying it.
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The loveliest roles, for me, have a growth arc - a beginning, a middle, and an end - and I'm always grateful when I can find one of those emotional journeys.
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I didn't know other children from divorced families, and I was a bit of a lost soul for a while. Then suddenly, I was performing. And it gave me an identity.
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I have been called a nun with a switchblade where my privacy is concerned. I think there's a point where one says, that's for family, that's for me.
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I was raised never to carp about things and never to moan, because in vaudeville, which is my background, you just got on with it through all kinds of adversities.
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Who could have imagined that life would have taken such marvelous twists and turns or that I would often be so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time?
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I am thrilled to be dame. It's one of those - the fact that you have been honored by your country is what it's all about, and it just feels good right there.
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I am a liberated woman. And I do believe if a woman does equal work she should be paid equal money. But personally I am feminine and I do like male authority to lean on.
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If you've been fortunate enough to do a film that appeals to the entire family, that's the audience that's probably going to come back to you in something else.
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I think birth and motherhood are not things that you're trained to do. You might have a good example in your own mum, but nobody teaches you how to be a really great mum.
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