Snapshot: 50 Years of Dame Julie Andrews

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic Disney musical Mary Poppins — and as such, it’s also fifty years since Dame Julie Andrews first appeared on screen. Here’s a look back at the Surrey-born actress and singer’s five decade career in pictures:

Julie Andrews on the set of Mary Poppins with Dick van Dyke. The film used "yellow screen" composite technology to paint in elaborate backgrounds. (Don Brinn/AP)

Julie Andrews on the set of Mary Poppins with Dick van Dyke. The film used “yellow screen” composite technology to paint in elaborate backgrounds and animation. (Don Brinn/AP)

And here, the final result can be seen, in a still from the film. (Disney Home Entertainment/AP)

And here, the final result can be seen, in a still from the film. (Disney Home Entertainment/AP)

Her performance in Mary Poppins earned Andrews the Best Actress award at the 1965 Academy Awards. (AP)

Her performance in Mary Poppins earned Andrews the Best Actress award at the 1965 Academy Awards. (AP)

Hot on the heels of Andrews' starmaking debut came The Sound of Music. Here, Julie tunes up her guitar on set in February 1965. (AP)

Hot on the heels of Andrews’ starmaking debut came The Sound of Music. Here, Julie tunes up her guitar on set in February 1965. (AP)

Recognize the profile of the man on the left? That's Alfred Hitchcock directing Andrews and actor Paul Newman on the set of Torn Curtain in 1965. (Express Newspapers via AP Images)

Recognize the profile of the man on the left? That’s Alfred Hitchcock directing Andrews and actor Paul Newman on the set of Torn Curtain in 1965. (Express Newspapers via AP Images)

Filmed in 1968, Darling Lili teamed Andrews with actor Rock Hudson. Beset by production problems, it wasn't released until 1970, and was a commercial flop. (David Smith/AP)

Filmed in 1968, Darling Lili teamed Andrews with actor Rock Hudson. Beset by production problems, it wasn’t released until 1970, and was a commercial flop. (David Smith/AP)

Although it did little for her career, Darling Lili introduced Andrews to her second husband, director Blake Edwards. The pair were married for 41 years until his death in 2010. (David Smith/AP)

Although it did little for her career, Darling Lili introduced Julie to her second husband, director Blake Edwards. The pair were married for 41 years until his death in 2010. (David Smith/AP)

Andrews meets fellow legend Kermit the Frog while filming The Muppet Show in 1977. (AP)

Andrews meets fellow legend Kermit the Frog while filming The Muppet Show in 1977. (AP)

With James Garner in 1982's Victor Victoria. Again directed by Edwards, the film was a welcome critical and commercial hit after several disappointments in the 1970s, and earned Andrews a third Oscar nomination. (Rex Features/AP)

With James Garner in 1982′s Victor Victoria. Again directed by Edwards, the film was a welcome critical and commercial hit after several disappointments in the 1970s, and earned Andrews a third Oscar nomination. (Rex Features/AP)

Andrews resumed her role in a Broadway adaptation of Victor/Victoria in 1995. Controversially, she refused a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress, in protest at the show receiving no other nominations. (Ed Bailey/AP)

Andrews resumed her role in a Broadway adaptation of Victor/Victoria in 1995. Controversially, she refused a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress, in protest at the show receiving no other nominations. (Ed Bailey/AP)

In 2000, Andrews was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, for services to the performing arts. (Fiona Hanson/AP)

In 2000, Andrews was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, for services to the performing arts. (Fiona Hanson/AP)

In 2001, Disney renamed the famous Stage Two, on which Mary Poppins had been filmed, as the Julie Andrews Stage. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

In 2001, Disney renamed the famous Stage Two, on which Mary Poppins had been filmed, as the Julie Andrews Stage. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

The Princess Diaries films, in which Dame Julie co-starred with Anne Hathaway, renewed her popularity once again. (Volker Dornberger/AP)

The two Princess Diaries movies, in which Dame Julie co-starred with Anne Hathaway, renewed her popularity once again. (Volker Dornberger/AP)

Having made her American stage debut aged 19 in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend, history repeated itself when Andrews made a new production of the show her directorial debut in 2003. She went on to direct a national tour in 2005. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Having made her American stage debut aged 19 in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend, history repeated itself when Andrews made a new production of the show her directorial debut in 2003. She went on to direct a national tour in 2005. (Charles Krupa/AP)

An Evening With Julie Andrews toured Australia and New Zealand in 2013, before returning to Dame Julie's native U.K. in 2014. (Rex Features/AP)

An Evening With Julie Andrews toured Australia and New Zealand in 2013, before returning to Dame Julie’s native U.K. in 2014. (Rex Features/AP)

On May 22, 2014 Dame Julie appeared on The Graham Norton Show with host Graham Norton, Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum. Jonah and Channing were clearly besotted with the film legend.

On May 22, 2014 Dame Julie appeared on The Graham Norton Show with host Graham Norton, Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum. Jonah and Channing were clearly besotted with the film legend. (Press Association via AP Images)

See more:
Julie Andrews to Bring One of Her Children’s Books to the Stage
VH1 Save the Music to Honor Julie Andrews
The Entire ‘Sound of Music’ Cast Reunites on ‘Oprah’