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Monday, October 5, 2009

Time is my friend

Magnet #591 - Broadway, NYC

Today is Julie Andrews Day! Yes. I just made that up. For kicks. Because I can.

She did a sit-down Q&A over at the Paley Center tonight, and tonight was so lovely, I had to stop and pick up a magnet to mark the occasion.

Can I tell you? This is why I love living in New York.

Where else can you sit and watch a veritable legend in the entertainment industry get interviewed by an old pal (the lovely Paley CEO Pat Mitchell), and see fabulous highlights of Ms. Andrews' television work in various dramas and variety shows, and of course, the Julie Andrews Hour. I say of course, because the "out of my demographic again" audience totally knew the show, and remembered the "Time is my friend" signoff number, written by her.

I will say that I had chills and a couple of tears seeing her vintage performances with the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr., Harry Belafonte, Gene Kelly, Carol Burnett, and Richard Burton. (Dudes, I had no idea she and Carol are likethis. Like Carol's godmother to one of her kids. Seriously. Did ya'll know this?)

And how fun it was to see actual little-seen footage of her Sullivan Show Camelot performances with Burton, who she spoke of fondly. (Footage kinda like this, but one of the other numbers. There was dancing! Hee. So cute! And pre-Liz Burton looks so damn light and happy. It's weird.)

But perhaps the most surprising thing for me, was hearing that she and her daughter are prolific authors. Indeed, she's released more than 20 childrens' books under the Julie Andrews Collection umbrella. I. Had. No. Idea. You learn something every day.

Speaking of learning was a craptastic day, and I knew from the moment I left the house it would be. And I know I put a lot of stock into Julie Andrews Day making me feel better. In fact, I had a whole different post written up for today, and it was not a good one.

But, I decided to wait til tonight to see if some of Julie Andrews' patience and grace would rub off on me.

It was delightful to see that the aura of Julie Andrews did not disappoint. She's everything you'd expect Julie Andrews to be.

But the best part about Julie Andrews? She swears more than I would have thought.

And you know what? That couldn't make me love Julie Andrews any damn more.

Thanks for a lovely evening, Julie!

I should say that most of what I've linked here is from various sources on YouTube. But honestly, if you're here in town and have some spare time - ya'll should check out the Paley Center's Media Collection.

Basically, you go in and search for whatever show you're looking for since the dawn of broadcast, and if they have it (it's not often that they don't, really), then you go into the cubicles and listen/watch the show.

It's quite amazing the collection that they've amassed. And such wonderful work they're doing, keeping it available for us to experience.
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1 comment:

TonyP said...

Sounds wonderful!
"Practically Perfect in Every Way"
: )