Home Work – A memoir of my Hollywood Years, Julie Andrews


In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.

In Home, the number one New York Times international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage.
With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films–Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry — from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.

Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews’s trademark charm and candor, Home Work takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.

My review

I have loved Julie Andrews since I was a little girl. I loved sitting down watching The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins was one of my favourite movies. This memoir is honest, personal, insightful and authentic. Julie shares her life as a Hollywood actress, discusses her marriage and her family.

Her life was busy and I found myself feeling grateful that I have the opportunity to stay in the one place with my work. Julie and her family travelled a lot and lived between New York, London and Switzerland. Julie seemed to crave the quieter life, yet her work continued to call her.

Julie and Blake’s family is beautiful and they overcame many struggles and challenges along the way. Julie is kind, caring, humble and attempted to live her life based on what she considered best for her family.

I was particularly interested in her travels to Vietnam and life as an adoptive mother, along with the ways in which she maintained her profession whilst being a mum. I loved reading about her adventures on the set of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, although I must admit that I wanted to know more about her experiences whilst creating these classic films.

Overall, I would recommend this lovely memoir. The beautiful thing about it is that Julie wrote this with her daughter Emma. I gained such  insight into her personal world.


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