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Fans singing in rain for Julie

Dublin's O'Connell Street was alive with the 'Sound of Music' last night.

Movie buffs waiting in the rain broke into spontaneous song as Julie Andrews arrived at the closing gala of the thirteenth annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

The actress, who played the part of novice-turned-singing governess Maria Von Trapp in the iconic 1965 movie, was "truly touched" by the reception.

"It means a lot to me. It's very dear of them," she told the Irish Independent. "It's 50 years since the movie came out so it's wonderful people still connect with it.

"I think it is a family movie and it has a love story and beautiful mountains so I guess it's got a lot going for it."

Andrews filmed 'Darling Lili' in Dublin in 1968 and said returning to Ireland was always a pleasure.

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Julie Andrews pictured at The Savoy Cinema  in Dublin where she attended the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival screening of The Sound of Music

Julie Andrews pictured at The Savoy Cinema in Dublin where she attended the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival screening of The Sound of Music

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Julie Andrews pictured at The Savoy Cinema in Dublin where she attended the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival screening of The Sound of Music

"I love this country very much. I made a movie here many years ago and it hadn't changed much. It's so warm and welcoming," she said.

Andrews is currently writing a new memoir which is due for release in September 2017. The yet-to-be-titled book will pick up where her previous book 'Home' left off and spans her career from the 1960s to the 1990s.

"It will be a few years in the making," she said. "It will let me fit the pieces of the jigsaw together."

Over the course of the 11-day festival, 130 movies from 38 countries were screened.

Irish Independent