Okay, so I know the Oscars were on two nights ago. Everyone does by now. There is one thing (well, maybe two), that happened that hasn’t stopped replaying in my head.
- Lady Gaga’s tribute to the 50th Anniversary of The Sound of Music
- Julie Andrews gave a speech
I mean, it was clearly the highlight of the night, considering I didn’t even watch the Oscars, and yet I have seen the same video countless times. Julie Andrews is one of the biggest musical icons of all time, and Lady Gaga killed her performance of her Sound of Music medley. From the Sound of Music to My Favorite Things, from Edelweiss to Climb Ev’ry Mountain; she blew me away. Sunday night, Lady Gaga reminded the world that she was still in charge and ready to take over as Queen of the Universe. What really struck me, though, was her introduction for the legacy:
“Ladies and gentlemen, the incomparable Julie Andrews.”
Incomparable is right, despite Gaga’s performance. The talented Dame graced everyone with her powerful presence, and the applause that overtook the room showed just how much this world has loved this woman for over 50 years. I even feel the need to point out that Meryl Streep(!) had a look of awe on her face in the video I’ve watched (many times), because of Meryl’s own success as an actress and singer. This gorgeous and humble woman showed her own appreciation by calling herself “a lucky girl”, but I know that it is the rest of the world that is lucky. We were able to share a part of the legacy that will forever be Julie Andrews. In fact, here are a few of my favorite things that I relate with the incomparable Dame:
- My grandmothers
- My mom
I guess you could say my love for musicals started with Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins. It is a Disney classic, as well as the reason I know how to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. When I was a little girl, I would sing along to Annie, and my Oma would change it right on over to either Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music. She was most definitely not a fan of the alcoholic Miss Hannigan, but boy did she love Julie Andrews. I could actually probably recite both films line by line by now. And the fact that Oma basically raised baby-me meant that Julie meant so much more than a nanny on the television, but also a monumental bonding figure for me and my favorite person in the whole world.
So now every time I see that either movie is on tv, I can’t help but watch it. Growing up, it was always a thing to watch the Sound of Music marathon on ABC Family with my mom. If you know either me or my mom, then you know that we cannot sing for our lives; we’re lucky we can even catch a tune. But you best believe that we sang every song together every time the movie reran, so I could thank Julie Andrews for a part of my grandmothers and my mom that not everyone gets to see.
Also, if you know me, (actually, even if you don’t) you would know that the Disney franchise takes up approximately half of my heart, and the Princess Diaries was no exception. Not only was Julie Andrews beautiful, graceful, and absolutely magnificent in the first film, but she also makes me cry every time I watch The Royal Engagement. I love fun facts, and here’s one for you: when Julie Andrews sang “Your Crowning Glory” in Princess Diaries 2, she did it in one take and brought the crew to tears. She does this to me every single time. Due to her surgery in 1997, she was not supposed to able to sing well, but there she was in 2004, playing Queen Clarisse, singing to her granddaughter Mia, who was played by none other than Anne Hathaway (who is also amazingly talented).
Although I was not born until 1995, I grew up with Julie Andrews like my parents and grandparents did. Her voice was something I could connect to my childhood and good times, just like laying on my Nanny’s couch, watching a Julie Andrews marathon of Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries back to back to back. I will always be grateful for that.
So, what do I think about when I hear the name Julie Andrews? I see my two amazing grandmothers, my beautiful mom, and a six-year old version of me sitting together and singing off-key. I think of pure happiness and music filling my home and my heart. I picture Mary Poppins and Bert dancing in an animated world, Maria and the Captain dancing outside in front of the children, and Queen Clarisse singing to her 21-year-old granddaughter. Julie Andrews is a legacy, and everyone will carry her name on forever, but I can say that she is the source for many of my smiles, tears, and countless wonderful memories. I guess you could say that the incomparable Julie Andrews would have to be one of my favorite things.