by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Actress Julie Andrews will be receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Andrews has been in over 40 films and is well known for her acting and beautiful singing voice which she showed off in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews also had a predominant career on Broadway where she starred in plays like My Fair Lady. According to the festival’s artistic director, Alberto Barbera, the Golden Lion is given to actors who have had a successful career, have a strong and popular artistic envision, and have never compromised. Andrews herself feels completely honored to be receiving such an award.
Despite Andrews having been in many Family Featured films throughout her career her roles still remained diverse. She’s been in musicals, comedies, and dramas where she’s had very many different roles that were dramatic and ironic. Andrews was born into a musical family and won Tony awards for her performances in the Broadway plays Camelot and My Fair Lady. She won her first Oscar for her role in Mary Poppins. During her acceptance speech, Andrews made a cheeky remark to the director of the My Fair Lady film who casted Audrey Hepburn for the lead instead of her. She basically thanked him because this opened her up to have the lead in Poppins which won her the Oscar and was the more critically acclaimed film.