Julie Andrews Breaks Silence, Shares Details About The Mistake That Almost Ruined Her Career
LifeAspire Staff 5/19/2017
Actress and beautiful songbird Julie Andrews could truly make the hills come alive with the sound of music. Her lilting voice is like no other and her on camera presence brought her accolades as an actress, too.
But one day, Julie Andrews' God-given talent was taken from her.
In 1997, Julie noticed that her incredible voice that could poignantly scale four octaves had been faltering a bit. At first, she blamed her age. However, considering she was past 60, she decided to visit her doctor.
The superior soprano was told she had non-cancerous nodules in her throat.
That didn't mean her career and love of singing would have to come to a halt, though, because nodules can sometimes be resolved without surgery.
Julie was given options. With medical guidance, chose to undergo surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
After a suitable recovery period, the beloved songstress tried to sing again, but couldn't. Something had gone wrong.
Julie alleged medical malpractice and filed a lawsuit against two doctors and Mt. Sinai.
"Singing has been a cherished a gift, and my inability to sing has been a devastating blow."
Not only was Julie crushed by the unanticipated results of her surgery, so were her fans who have known her throughout the years as Maria von Trapp and Mary Poppins - whose voice would never be the same again.
Yet, Julie wasn't about to let it ruin her career. She moved on to other roles such as the exalted royal grandmother in The Princess Diaries series of movies. While she was blessed to sing opera as a young girl, she now endears other young girls and utilizes her many other talents.
"What I say in the [The Sound of Music] is true: a door closes and a window opens."
It's not surprising that Julie, a native of England, was bestowed with the title Dame Julie Andrews by Queen Elizabeth for all of her accomplishments and contributions as a musician. She also pushed herself in her recovery efforts and now employs a technique called speak-singing that has worked well for her. She highlighted that approach in The Princess Diaries 2.
"To not sing with an orchestra, to not be able to communicate through my voice, which I've done all my life and not to be able to phrase lyrics and give people that kind of joy, I think I would be totally devastated."
Here's a breathtaking recording of a young Julie Andrews singing opera.
Of course, losing her powerful voice that made her a household name decades ago led Julie to find other creative outlets. She has written dozens of books, including a children's series with her daughter. She also voiced a character in Despicable Me and has a series on Netflix for children.
"I thought at the time [of the surgery,] my voice was what I am. But it seems it's not all that I am."
There also are rumors that there will be a third Princess Diaries movie to be released, for which legions of Julie Andrews fans, including the younger crowd, are thrilled to hear. Well wishes to Dame Julie Andrews in her future professional pursuits that we all look forward to.