Dame Julie Andrews is a truly lovely actress that needs no introduction. From her film portrayals of Maria in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, and Eliza Doolittle in Broadway’s My Fair Lady, the British actress is pure charm and grace, isn’t she? What’s not to love?
The VH1 Save the Music foundation seems to adore her, too, as they’ll pay tribute to Andrews in November when celebrating the 45th anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, says The Hollywood Reporter.
"My passion for music, the arts and literacy has been a life-long endeavor… and the ability to play in those sandboxes professionally has given me such joy," Andrews shared in a statement. “With the state of the economy as it is and the cut-backs impacting the arts, it is now more important than ever that we aggressively preserve the ability for our youth to benefit from all that music, the arts and literacy has to afford. I am truly honored."
John Legend, John Mayer and The ASCAP Foundation will also be on hand to accept their own respective awards. British pop songstress Natasha Bedingfield is slated to perform at the gala on Monday, November 8 at New York's Cipriani restaurant.
In other Sound of Music news: It seems that Oprah wants in on some of the festivity surrounding the five-time Oscar-winning musical. Currently in its 25th and final season, The Oprah Winfrey Show will host the original 1965 cast in an episode airing Friday, October 29th. Andrews, Christopher Plummer and the rest of the "Von Trapp" stars are set to appear.
Since Anglophenia is so giddy about Julie Andrews today, here's our Top 5 favorite films:
Mary Poppins (1964):
The Sound of Music (1965):
The Americanization of Emily (1964):
The Princess Diaries (2001):