Julie Andrews admits famous 'Sound of Music' four-octave voice will never return after botched operation
Published 06/12/2012 | 10:36
Dame Julie Andrews has said that her four-octave voice is not coming back.
The Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress revealed that she hasn't recovered from a botched operation to remove non-cancerous throat nodules in 1997, and that her range and ability to hold notes has been affected.
"The operation that I had left me without a voice and without a certain piece of my vocal cords," said the star of The Sound Of Music and My Fair Lady.
Julie said she can still speak "pretty well" and can still hit a few bass notes, adding: "So if you wanted a rendition of Old Man River you might get it, but I'm not singing as much these days."
The star has performed several times since the op, including a performance in the 2004 film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and in a 2010 London concert, but called those "speak-singing".
However, the 77-year-old said she has rediscovered her voice in her books and in directing theatre.
Julie's latest children's book, Little Bo In London: The Ultimate Adventure Of Bonnie Boadicea, has just been released. She is also directing a musical theatre adaptation of another of her books, The Great American Mousical, at the Goodspeed Theatre in Connecticut.
Julie said not being able to sing pushed her to find a "different way" of using her voice. Paraphrasing a line from her Sound Of Music character Maria von Trapp, she added that "When one door closes another window opens."