By Julie Andrews
Andrews, who has written a number of children's books (The nice American Mousical ; Mandy ), either solo and along with her daughter, now dances in a distinct path with this pleasant remembrance of her personal early life and engrossing prelude to her cinematic occupation. Spanning occasions from her 1935 beginning to the early Sixties, she covers her upward thrust to status and ends with Walt Disney casting her in Mary Poppins (1963). surroundings the degree with a genealogy backdrop, she balances the unhappy struggles of kinfolk and tough drinkers with mirthful kinfolk stories and younger vocal classes amid rationing and the London Blitz: “My mom pulled again the blackout curtains and gasped—for there, snuggly settled within the concrete sq. of the courtyard, used to be the incendiary bomb.” A BBC express ended in a London musical at age 12: “My music actually stopped the express. humans rose to their ft and wouldn't cease clapping.” Her mother's revelation of her actual father left her reeling while she used to be 15, yet she persisted traveling, did weekly BBC publicizes and was once Broadway-bound by means of 1954 to do The Boyfriend . the guts of her booklet records the rehearsals, tryouts and break 1956 beginning of My reasonable girl . Readers will celebrate, for the reason that Andrews is an finished author who holds again not anything whereas including a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes all through this memoir of bittersweet behind the curtain encounters and theatrical triumphs. (Apr. 1)
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Extra resources for Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
Since I was only eight, it was decided that I would stay with her during the week while classes were in session, and go home to Beckenham at the weekends. Uncle Bill was away in the Air Force, billeted somewhere, and Aunt and I were mostly alone together. I slept on a little cot; she had a single bed. Occasionally, Uncle Bill came home on leave, whereupon a screen 45 J ulie Andrews was put up in front of my cot. ”—a phrase that stuck with us over the years. I never had the impression that Auntie was really in love with Bill, though she seemed glad whenever he came back.
I’ve often wondered how long they could have held out—and what would have happened if the Germans’ vast army had, in fact, landed on British soil. My father came home one day with gas masks for the whole family. After World War I, mustard gas had become the great threat. Dad showed us what we had to do and made us try them on. Made of heavy rubber, the gas masks were the strangest, ugliest things. They had a snout, two goggle-like eyes much like an alien’s, and one had to pull the whole thing over one ’s face.
Several days later my head began to itch 30 Home dreadfully. My mother examined my hair. I had lice. She scrubbed me raw, then rinsed with vinegar, which on my lacerated skin was a form of torture. I screamed a lot—but it did the trick. ” A condition now known as “strabismus,” it was probably inherited—my daughter, and later her son, had the same problem when they were young. At that time it was thought to be due to a weak muscle, and the theory was that if strengthened with exercise, the eye would straighten up.