Julie Andrews, the legendary actress and singer who is perhaps best known as the beloved star of 1965’s The Sound of Music, will be honored with a Life Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in January, it was announced Monday.
“Julie Andrews is a woman of great generosity, creativity, courage, elegance and wit,” SAG President Alan Rosenberg said in a statement. “She embodies and transcends the memorable roles she has created. Julie has been a positive presence in my life and continues to inspire multiple generations. I believe it is exceptionally significant to be recognized by people who do the same work you do.”
Andrews, who was born and raised in England, won an Academy Award in her movie debut as the magical, flying governess in 1964’s Mary Poppins. She got another Oscar nod for 1983’s Victor/Victoriaa.
Younger film audiences may know Andrews best as the voice of Queen Lillian in Shrek 2, a role she is reprising for Shrek 3, due out next summer. She also starred opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries.
In addition to acting and singing, Andrews is an author and has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women for 15 years.
She and her husband, filmmaker Blake Edwards, have been married for nearly 37 years.
The 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007.