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this is "nightline." tonight, a jolly holiday with julie. ♪ oh, it's a jolly holiday with you, bur ♪ from mary poppins to the "sound of music." julie andrews now revealing the successes and struggles in a new memoir, and to diane sawyer. >> this melancholy that descends on you sometimes. >> now a thanksgiving of some of her favorite things. ♪ whiskers on kittens >> sweetened with a spoonful of sugar. >> mary poppins, practically perfect in every way, and she wasn't. so there you are.
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>> "nightline." julie andrews, the diane sawyer interview will be right back. [ dramatic music ]ing ]
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ahhhh! -ahhhh! elliott. you came back! "nightline." julie andrews, the diane sawyer interview. >> take a look! >> 55 years a the world met mary poppins. ♪ even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious ♪
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>> today, this is julie andrews at home. so much life in her smile, and her arm around your shoulders, and all the joy she has given us for generations. it started 56 years ago when a stage actress boarded a flight to hollywood, to make her very first movie ever. and no idea what movie stars do. >> ha, what do i say, what do i do? >> you're age 27. do you remember the first exchange of the first movie that you ever did in your life? >> you mean the first take? >> of mary poppins, yes. i do. dick van dyke said >> mary poppins, you look beautiful. >> and all i had to do was walk across the studio and say "you really think so"? >> and it wasn't how she said it, it was that something in her face that said there was someone named mayby poppins who wanted to heal your world and make it
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bright. by the way, she invented those feet. >> the feet need to be turned out. >> why? >> i don't know, but you doesn't want goofy feet at the end of the image of the umbrella. >> and early on, she showed she could do anything. ♪ a robin feathering his nest >> even the tweeting robin. >> you are doing that whistling? >> yes, i was very good at whistling. >> for a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. >> every scene a kind of capital on singing, tweeting and a huge contraption. >> yeah, there was a wire that went up my shoulder and down my back. >> mary poppins, get me down! >> every scene had to be perfect. some of them taking six weeks of rehearsal. watch her and dick van dyke from behind the scenes, trying to balance on anvils that will eventually become turtles. >> i was learning on my feet,
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diane. i minean so fast. >> the costume designer who happened to be her husband, tony walton, created a kind of message. >> he had secrets in the costume. >> yes, he said i fancy that mary poppins has a secret life, kind of quiet, pleasure at being a little wicked. and naughty underneath all the skirts. there were other colors. so, when i kicked up my heels or when i moved, you just caught a flash. >> the movie was the dream of walt disney, who had hand-picked the young stage actress. ♪ for happy ever after >> after she performed "camelot" on the ed sullivan show and he saw her on stage. >> someone comes to see you who has a life-changing idea. >> i heard walt disney was back stage and had requested to say hello. he came back and mentioned this live action film he was hoping
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to make of "mary poppins", and i said oh, mr. disney, i'd be thrilled. i'd never made a movie. and he was so sweet and charming and twin equally akly and lovel said i can't, i'm >> he said we'll wait. and i said well, i've just had a baby, and i'm feeling a bit groggy right now, ms. traverse. but how lovely to talk to you. and shy said you're far too pretty, of course, but you've got the nose for it. that, i guess. my ski nose. >> it's all here in her new memoir "home work". the story of a life lived in the place where home and work are in
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collision. ♪ a life that had begun with an a little girl, endlessly travel through music halls and vaudeville. ♪ the loneliness of a young girl with a startling talent. here singing for the king of england. ♪ she was doing it all to help support her unsteady, cracked family. >> you grew up in a turbulent household of alcoholism, anger. >> mm-hm. >> uncertainty. >> and despair on my mum's part. >> she promised her mother somehow she would make it all right. as a teenager, she bought the family home. but through all, a super natural gift and escape from sorrows in her life. >> and there were like four or
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five options. dogs for miles around would howl when i went way up into the stratosphere. >> f above hi-c. >> f above hi-c was nightly in my debut, yeah. >> you were taught just to carry the note. >> and to even them all. like a string of pearls if possible. just pure joy. >> in her book, she writes about being maria van trapp in the i "sound of music." five years ago we took her to that treasured place, salzburg, austria. i went in search of her famous mountain. here's what we've heard. it's out of town. that you can't find it on any google map, so don't even bother trying. here we go. mud. it's okay. wow, is this it? is this
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the xactly as it was a half century ago. >> so i went to your mountain. i want to know how you did this. >> how i got up there? we actually went up the mountain in big, open cars, pulled by oxen. i would sit on top of all the camera equipment, and then they'd hoist me up, and up we'd go. >> back in 1965, julie andrews was doing battle with a helicopter that kept blowing up a tornado of wind. >> this giant helicopter came at me sideways with a very brave camera hanging out the side. every time he went around me the downdraft from the jets would fling me down into the grass. >> what a trip we had. >> didn't we? i loved that time. it was so great. >> and a new detail from the new book. the one lyric that still baffles her. >> you still don't know what it
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means "a lark who is learning to pray." >> it's not easy! to sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray. i don't think larks sing at night. have you ever seen a lark praying? i haven't. so i actually, what i did was decide that i'd coast over the words as quickically as i could. to sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray. ♪ i go to the hills >> enough about that. >> yes. >> and i knew right on. >> and the joy of that music would propel her through movie after movie. albums, concerts. a golden career. and a struggle at home. >> you write so movingly about this melancholy that descends on you sometimes, and the depression and trying to understand it. and going to the psychoanalyst. >> i finally got enough courage
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after the first week to say i don't understand why i'm weeping so much. i can't seem to stop. you know, you're surrounded by the wagons, and suddenly, you weep for relief. >> your whole life had been geared toward a sort of perfectionism. >> yes, well, those lovely first movies were no help either. >> no. >> mary poppins, perfectly perfect in every way, and she wasn't. >> she writes of one note, sending everyone to their happiness. the song is "jingle bells" ♪ oh, what fun it is to ride >> i can feel it coming. ♪ in a one-horse >> out.
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"nightline," julie andrews, the diane sawyer interview
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continues. >> the winner is, julie andrews. >> is the winner is. >> julie andrews. >> thank you very much indeed. >> thank you very much. >> a magical young woman had begun a career that will bring decades of joy and music. but even with that sunlit voice. ♪ the hills are alive >> there was always something a little wistful in julie's eyes. >> these are a few of my favorite things. >> at the moment, she is making "the sound of music". her marriage to her childhood sweetheart is ending in divorce. she says she was incredibly naïve when she made her first love scene in the "americanization of emily". >> i don't have a man. >> terrified. i had no idea what one was supposed to do with a kiss and all of that. james garner, who was delicious, made it very easy for me. and i began to think, it's getting a little hot in here.
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and when i got up, i kept thinking, i can manage this. and i got up, and my legs buckled, because it really had hit me rather hard. >> did you know a lot about men? >> no! i didn't. >> and then, she writes, in her new memoir, she was driving through an intersection in hollywood when a man pulls up in a rolls-royce. >> and i'm afraid i was trying very hard not to fall in love with him. and that was blake edwards. >> he was a well-known director for "breakfast at tiffany's", and the "pink panther" movies. >> you said i was devastatingly funny, wicked even. but there was something dangerous about him. he seems to be turning to you to save him, fix him. >> but you have to remember, i was very used to that kind of thing, because you know, very big co-dependent with my own family. so i became that with blake. >> it was two years before she
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agreed to marry him. perhaps inside still that little girl, who believed if she sang her heart out she could somehow rescue her mother and stepfather. from their alcoholism and disappointment. >> you paint a portrait of a trampoline-kind of life, with this hypo condree yeah,condree , back pain. >> she writes about pulling him through volatile moves, even suicidal anxiety. >> and self-medicating. >> yes, event limit demerol and then oxycodone. it was one of those monsters that got ahold of him so strongly that he couldn't resist. >> but through it all, with that singular determination and stamina, she keeps up a staggering schedule. worried about money, because of
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his impulsive overspending, and their giant, blended household. >> there are five children in three countries. three dogs, one of which is not house trained and will not be house trained. two cats, one of which has gastroenteritis. a hamster, a canary. blake has a cold. real or -- >> or appendcitis. >> you are just making pancakes in the kitchen and carrying on. >> and saying, we will have harmony this house! >> that's right. >> when she's in her 60s, she agrees to go to broadway to perform "victor victoria", written by her husband. it's performances a week. it puts a strain on her voice. and it leads to that medical procedure that cost her her song. >> i think, in spite of the pain of it and the sadness of it, i
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then found another life. >> when blake edwards died in 2010, she had remained loyally at his side. for 41 years. >> you wrote a poem, "when all is said and done, the lady's by your side, for the wild fun, the fierce pain, the laughter and the ride". >> and dearest, when i show you this, i know what you will say. sorry, that's the doorbell. that sometimes rings, and it's for a house halfway down my street. [ laughter ] >> it's blake, actually. he's probably doing something. blake's stopped. anyway. the the end of the poem is, darling when i show you this poem, i know what you will say. what else, you'll grin, what else will you write of me today? >> today she is still working, movies, tv, writing books. and still taking care of a
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far-flung family of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. this is her daughter, emma walton hamilton who says as a little girl, she was in the store and looked at the movie poster of "mary poppins". >> i remember pointing at it and saying there's mommy! and suddenly being aware of two women, two mothers shopping in the same area going isn't that sweet. that little girl thinks her mother is mary poppins. >> poor deluded child. >> exactly. >> emma helped write the book about her mother and the life that was at once so radiant and vibrant. >> i don't know a more resilient person. >> and forever a champion of happy endings. these are lyrics she loves. >> my ship was a song that had the most beautiful lyrics. my ship has sailed. ♪ my ship has sails made of
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silk ♪ ♪ the decks are trimmed with gold ♪ ♪ and a jam and spy >> and a jam and spice is a paradise in the hold. and then the very, very end of it, the song sums up by saying ♪ pearls and such ♪ they won't mean much >> it says missing just one thing. and the song says, i don't care to have any of those, unless i also have a true love that will come with >> and coming up, what julie andrews thought of that mary poppins redone for a new age.
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♪ last year, we were introduced to a new mary poppins, played by emily blunt. >> you need to be very careful. >> loved emily. and, you know, it was 50 years
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or more since the first mary poppins. i think quewe're all entitled t second version. and she was great. >> julie andrews, five decades later looking back at the mysteries and marvels in the arc of her life. >> this amazing quantum leap that we all make from our parents, and they from their parents. and look at where we are today. as soon as that phenomenal? how lucky can a girl
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