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Julie Andrews
To commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1, 2004
actress/vocalist Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was; My Favourite Things; from the legendary movie; Sound Of Music. However, the lyrics of the song were deliberately changed for the entertainment of her audience. Here are the lyrics she recited:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Cadillacs and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things.
When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.
When the joints ache,
when the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.

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This is just hillarious!

And she's not lost her charm even at 69. I saw her in the Pricess Diaries recently and she looked absolutely gorgeous!

Absolutely. Recently I picked up the dvd of Mary Poppins!

I was doing a search of pix of the kids in that movie.

I found this one of Karen Dotrice with Julie Andrews! See JA is still so charming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Is she the one who is suffering from cancer and was asked not to sing?
Who are you talking about P??


If so I dont know anything about it sad1.gif

I am referring to Julie Andrews. Here is the news:

Julie Andrews Interview with 20/20

In a rare personal interview, entertainment legend Julie Andrews talks for the first time to Barbara Walters about the surgery on her vocal chords nearly two years ago. Since then, she has been unable to sing, and she fears she may never sing again.

On Her Throat Surgery in June 1997:
Julie Andrews: “It was just over 19 months ago, I went in for a routine procedure that I was told would not be threatening to my vocal cords. And … and since then, as you know, and that everybody’s been talking about, I’ve just been unable to sing.”
Barbara Walters: “That’s a big question. Will Julie Andrews be able to sing again?”
Andrews: “Well I can only say I hope so. I have to be optimistic. I think to some degree I’m in … a form of denial about it. Because … because to not sing with an orchestra, to not be able to communicate through my voice which I’ve done all my life and not to be able to phrase lyrics and give people that kind of joy, uh, I think I would be totally devastated So I am in some kind of denial.”
Walters: “You were told this would be routine, that you’d come out and your voice would be fine.”
Andrews: “Yes. That given a certain recuperative time, uh, and it’s certainly wasn’t two years. I … I would be singing just as well or better than ever.”
Walters: “And now you can’t sing at all.”
Andrews: “No.” Walters: “It’s not just that you can’t hit the high notes. You can’t sing.”
Andrews: “No. I simply can’t do a song for you.”

On Her Doctors’ Prognosis:
Julie Andrews “They say that they don’t hold out much hope but that I should continue practicing.”

On the Effect of the Surgery on Her Speaking Voice:
Barbara Walters: “Julie as we talk, your voice sounds hoarse. Is that part of this condition?”
Julie Andrews: “Yes.”
Walters: “So it’s not just the singing.”
Andrews: “No, no, there’s the speaking as well, yes.”
Walters: “You can act in films. You don’t have to project in films.”
Andrews: “Right.”
Walters: “But what if you want to go on the stage, where you do have to project?”
Andrews: “I don’t know. That remains to be seen.”
Walters: “So you don’t know if you can even go on the stage.”
Andrews: “Eight times a week, uh, I would be extremely worried.”

‘If You Heard It, You Would Weep’:
Barbara Walters: “Your throat problems became international news when your husband, who is very frank, Blake Edwards, was quoted as saying of your voice, if you heard it, you would weep. I don’t think she’ll sing again. It’s an absolute tragedy. Does that sum it up?”
Julie Andrews: “Yes. It just about sums it up. Yes, it is a tragedy. Uh, thank God I wasn’t younger, but … at least I’ve had a wonderful career. But … but I’m still, as I say, still hoping that … it … this will reverse itself. But it’s been a long time now. It’s nearly four months short of two years.”
Walters: “The tabloids said that you were furious with your husband for going public about your voice, for saying how bad it was. Were you angry with him?”
Andrews: “You know, I guess because I’m private, very private person. And Blake is completely the opposite and he just says what he feels. And in fact, he was doing an interview about some totally unrelated thing and he thought that the interview was over, and the lady said “How’s your wife?” And he said, you know, she’s not good in terms of her voice. And of course that’s what was quoted. They snuck up on him a bit.”
Walters: “But he was telling the truth.”
Andrews: “He was telling the truth yes. Indeed he was.”

On Her Marriage Being in Trouble:
Julie Andrews: “The tabloids said something like Blake had cancer and that I couldn’t handle it, and our marriage was falling apart … ”
Barbara Walters: “Well, just to get it straight. How’s the marriage?”
Andrews: “The marriage is very healthy, thank you.”
Walters: “Really?”
Andrews: “Really healthy. Yes. ”
Walters: “And how is Blake’s health? ”
Andrews: “Good.”
Walters: “He has a bad back.”
Andrews: “Has a terrible back. And always has had, ever since his mid-twenties.”
Walters: “And no cancer?”
Andrews: “No cancer. The tabloids are insidious And yet somebody, somewhere is going to be sitting under a hair dryer or reading it on a train or something and they will say, well, there must be something to it. And that’s what … what’s so dangerous.”

On How She Will Feel If She Can Never Sing Again:
Julie Andrews: “God, you’ll have to ask me that again another time. Right now as I said, I simply cannot contemplate it. I don’t want to say that I never can. So ask me again in a couple of years, okay?”
Barbara Walters: “And then if it’s still no?”
Andrews: “Oh I think it will change something inside of me forever.”
O M G! I didnt know about this shux sad1.gif

Pradeep you must see both Princess Diaries I and II! She is amazing!

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I presume Julie Andrews was suffering from a condition called vocal nodules, which are a common occurrence in singers, public speakers & children too i.e. all those who strain their vocal cords. Unfortunately the surgeon botched the operation & also did not inform her that the procedure may damage her vocal cords.
No, she did not have cancer. These are benign lesions. Here are some references:

[i]September 15th 2000 (
Hub doc may restore the Sound of Julie's MusicIPB Image
Let's start at the very beginning . . . a very good place to start.
Word from our hospital spies is that ``Sound Of Music'' songbird Julie Andrews has been slipping into the Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary to see if reknowned ear, nose & throat man Dr. Stephen Zeitels can restore her pipes.

Andrews, who lost her famous singing voice after a botched operation, recently settled a whopping malpractice suit against the doc who destroyed her vocal chords when she underwent surgery to remove non-cancerous throat nodules.

And now she's trying to get the Sound Of Music back.

Zeitels' division of laryngology at Mass. Eye & Ear is on the cutting edge (so to speak) of voice restoration.

Word is, Andrews has undergone microsurgery on her vocal chords and doing follow-up with Zeitels to try to get the Do-Re-Mi's going.

File under: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria's Throat?

[i]September 7th 2000 [/i](
Malpractice Suit
Lawyers for JULIE ANDREWS announced yesterday that the singer had settled her medical malpractice lawsuit against a Manhattan throat specialist, DR. SCOTT M. KESSLER.
"I am delighted to have settled this case in a favorable manner and am glad to close this chapter on an event which was unfortunate for all concerned," Ms. Andrews, 63, said in a statement.

Her lawyers, ORIN SNYDER and PETER PARCHER, said the settlement reached last month specified that the terms could not be disclosed. Dr. Kessler declined to comment.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday before JUDGE LEWIS A. KAPLAN in Federal District Court in Manhattan. The settlement was reached privately, without arbitration.

"She is still having profound difficulties singing as a result of the surgery," Mr. Snyder said.

Ms. Andrews was starring in "Victor/Victoria" on Broadway in 1997 when she underwent surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center to remove non-cancerous nodules in her throat. The lawsuit alleged that she was not told that the operation carried risks of permanent hoarseness and other complications that might leave her unable to sing.

At the time, her husband, BLAKE EDWARDS, was widely quoted as saying that her voice had been all but ruined.

Initially, Mount Sinai and DR. JEFFREY D. LIBIN, Dr. Kessler's partner, were named in the suit, but Ms. Andrews later agreed to drop them.

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