Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews! 7 times our favorite singing star was 'practically perfect'

In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Julie Andrews presents the award for best original score at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP)

Julie Andrews turned 80 years old on Thursday, and the iconic star still remains one of moviegoers' favorite things. Born October 1, 1935 in England, Andrews' keen melodic charms propelled her to new heights of show business stardom, with her incredible and harmonious performances earning the actress countless awards and adulation from her fans and peers.

Here are seven times Julie Andrews was "practically perfect in every way:"

Mary Poppins (1964)


Andrews' take on the lovable and harmonic nanny was more than "practically perfect;" she won a Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe award in 1965. The role would catapult Andrews from rising Broadway actress into one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

Maria in The Sound of Music (1965)


Andrews' enchanting melodies propelled this musical flick to new box office heights, where it remains the third highest grossing movie of all time when adjusted for inflation.

Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1956)


It's one of the biggest smash hits in Broadway history, and it's all because of Andrews. Although Andrews would later lose the role in the film adaption to Audrey Hepburn, her performance in the seminal musical still rings true today.

Queen Clarisse Renaldi in The Princess Diaries 2 (2004)


It was believed that Julie Andrews would never be able to sing again after throat surgery in 1997. But Andrews gave moviegoers an unexpected surprise in The Princess Diaries 2 when she sang for the first time on screen, proving that she can still sing with the best of them.

Cinderella (1957)


Richard Rodgers of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein duo was captivated by Andrews' performance in My Fair Lady and offered her the title role in the TV musical production of Cinderella. Andrews' whimsical performance would help drive 107 million viewers to the broadcast.

Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond (2001)


Andrews reunited with her Sound of Music co-star Chistopher Plummer in this live television adaption of the dramatic play. With 12 million viewers tuned in at the time of broadcast, the live production helped open the door for other plays and musicals to be performed live on TV.

The Muppet Show (1977)


One of Andrews' most memorable TV performances was when she appeared on The Muppet Show in 1977. Watching Andrews sing along with Miss Piggy and other beloved Jim Henson characters was a funny delight to viewers at home.


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