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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Julie Andrews discovering new voice

Dame Julie Andrews has had to find new ways of using her voice

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."

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