Julie Andrews, the star of The Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins, is one of the best-known and best-loved actresses in the world. These movies were an integral part of childhood for millions, and so she holds a special place in our hearts.
Dame Julie's career was so long and illustrious that it's almost impossible to cover her highlights. So let's take a look at a few memorable YouTube videos from recent years, starting with The Sound Of Music. Few movies are as universally beloved and rewatched as The Sound Of Music. It is a staple for families around the world at Christmas and must have been viewed millions of times by now. That's why there was so much excitement when the cast returned to Salzburg, where the movie was filmed in 1965.
The video included interviews with the actors who played Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt and Marta. Heather Menzies, who played Louisa, talks about walking around the places where the movie was filmed alone. Memories flooded over her, a tree or a pond, and she flew back fifty years. It must have been like meeting an old friend.
The foursome also reminisces about the park that was supposed to be the rears gardens of the Von Trapp mansion. They all agreed the part they remembered best was the famous boat scene. The lake apparently was full of leeches! Even more scary is the fact that in one take, Julie Andrews fell out of the back of the boat rather than the front as she was meant to.
Julie was supposed to grab Kim Karath, who played Gretl, as she couldn't swim. It took a minute or so before the other children realised she wasn't there. Luckily, she was fine, but it must have been frightening for a five-year-old child. It's doubtful such a lack of safety precautions would be allowed today.