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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 18 Oct 1992

Oscar winning actor and singer

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Julie Andrews, the star of such film favourites as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Julie Andrews discovered she had an unusual talent for singing quite early and first appeared on stage alongside her step-father and her mother in their act, touring the Variety theatres of Great Britain in the 1940s and early 1950s. She had an enormous hit in a show at the London Hippodrome Theatre when she was just a teenager, and then appeared regularly on Educating Archie, one of radio's biggest programmes in the 1950s.

But it was appearing on Broadway that led her to being cast in the stage version of My Fair Lady, with Rex Harrison that really began to establish her as an international star, and then her first movie role, as Mary Poppins, which won her an Oscar that brought her to the attention of millions worldwide.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Eric Parkin

1.

Eric Parkin

Amberley Wild Brooks

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

2.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Lark Ascending

Soloist: Christopher Warren-Green Orchestra: The London Chamber Orchestra

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Johannes Brahms

3.

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto in D major

Soloist: David Oistrach Ensemble: Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Francaise Conductor: Otto Klemperer

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Giacomo Puccini

4.

Giacomo Puccini

Nessun dorma! (from Turandot)

Soloist: Pavarotti Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Maurice Ravel

5.

Castaway's favourite

Maurice Ravel

Piano Concerto in G Major

Soloist: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Conductor: Ettore Gracis Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Aaron Copland

6.

Aaron Copland

Rodeo

Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

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Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

7.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major

Soloist: Martha Argerich Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Claudio Abbado

Others who chose this artist

Sir Edward Elgar

8.

Sir Edward Elgar

Introduction and Allegro for Strings

Orchestra: Sinfonia Of London Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Once and Future King by T H White

Others who chose this author

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 03 Feb 1964

Oscar winning actor

Roy Plomley's castaway is actress and singer Julie Andrews.

Choices

André Previn

1.

André Previn

A Portrait of Bert Williams

Others who chose this artist

Giacomo Puccini

2.

Giacomo Puccini

Nessun dorma! (from Turandot)

Soloist: Jussi Björling

Others who chose this artist

Bing Crosby & Mary Martin

3.

Bing Crosby & Mary Martin

Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie

Johannes Brahms

4.

Castaway's favourite

Johannes Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

Soloist: Sviatoslav Richter Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf

Others who chose this artist

Vincenzo Bellini

6.

Vincenzo Bellini

Casta diva (from Norma)

Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden Conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

Others who chose this artist

Maurice Ravel

8.

Maurice Ravel

Daphnis and Chloe

Choir: Motet Choir of Geneva Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Conductor: Ernest Ansermet

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Once and Future King by T H White

Others who chose this author

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