When Jack Warner was casting the movie My Fair Lady, Julie Andrews, who played the original Eliza Doolittle on Broadway, was overlook for the part, that was given to Audrey Hepburn.
That made her available to accept Mr. Disney’s invitation to play Mary Poppins.
At the 22nd Golden Globes, when she won the best actress award (she was up against Audrey for My Fair Lady), she had her sweet revenge.
how to shade, with class.
meryl streep ladies and gentlemen
Evanna Lynch for Runway Magazine Fall 2012
DOLLYWOOD - TENNESSEE
"A few years back, when I first started seeing the Hollywood sign, I kept thinking how cute it would be if I could change the H to a D—and see how long it would take anybody to notice. It just popped into my mind that it would be a good name for a park." - Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton was born in Sevierville — pronounced SEVERE-ville — Tennessee, to a poor but loving family that included her parents and eleven siblings. It’s tough to pick favorites by a woman who’s written over 3,000 songs, but for a sampling of her best, I recommend the heartbreaking “Jolene”, “Coat of Many Colors” — a classic about her early days — and “I Will Always Love You” (written by Dolly, but you might know Whitney Houston’s 1992 version better).
Dolly stayed true to her Tennessee roots and currently lives in Brentwood, right outside of Nashville. The Nashville bus tours that traverse the city — driving by famous country singers’ homes — often get a big wave from the lady herself when she’s in residence.
In 1986, she co-opened Dollywood, a reincarnation of a lineage of theme parks like Rebel Railroad and Goldrush Junction. Today, Dollywood plays host to over 2.5 million guests a year and is the biggest employer in the Pigeon Forge area.
The park truly embodies her spirit. Guests are welcomed by a kind tram driver who makes jokes and reminds them that they are parked in lot D/E for “Dolly’s Earrings.” Surrounded by beautiful foliage, the park is nestled at the bottom of the Great Smoky Mountains, which shade it all summer long. It has something for everyone: thrilling rides, country cooking, musical shows and tours through Dolly’s childhood home (not to mention her tour bus when it’s not on the road). Music floats in the air from the outdoor venues and the steam train whistle harmonizes from time to time.
Guide Note: Come May time every year, see Dolly in person at “Dolly’s Homecoming Parade.” Friday, May 10th, will be the 28th annual, and will see Dolly borne by float along the streets of Pigeon Forge with marching bands, baton twirlers, horses, a submarine and a NASCAR race car.
Just outside of Pigeon Forge, be sure to stop in Sevierville’s town square to see the bronze Dolly statue and, as is the local tradition, rub her boob for good luck.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine.
I adore Dolly Parton. She’s the quintessential American success story, she’s developed a public persona that lets her get away with anything. She can’t be embarrassed or demeaned because she’s the first to laugh at herself. She parlayed decades of success in music (writing and performing), TV, and movies into major philanthropic efforts. You want to look at Lady Gaga or Madonna as flamboyant, confident pop stars who controlled their packaging and careers? Women who used their music to try to change the world one radio at a time or one dance floor at a time? Also look to Dolly whose inclusive stances are taken for granted. She’s easily dismissed as a walking caricature until you look at her portfolio and realize she’s an honest-to-God legend.
Put her on the $20. Assign her to the United Nations. Make her the first Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Y’All Come On In.
Emma Thompson being perfect at the TIFF Film Festival
As she began her career as an actress, Maggie Smith was told that she was too “dull, plain and sexless” to succeed in the industry. More than sixty years, one Dame of the British Empire, two Academy Awards, one Tony Award, and three Golden Globes (out of over twenty nominations) later, it could be argued that Dame Maggie has proven her detractors wrong. At seventy-eight years old she has defied all odds by not only remaining relevant as a ageing woman in the film industry, but by picking up steam along the way and becoming one of the most respected, prolific and well-known faces in the business. Still as much the image of grace, beauty and success as she ever was, it would appear that Dame Maggie Smith is in the prime of her career, with nowhere to go from here but up.
Favorite Characters — Millie Dillmount (Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1967)
"Terrif! Ooh, delish!"
Behind the scenes of Mary Poppins.
A Star Is Born (1954)
Late in 1952 the final agreement required to make a musical of the 1937 screen classic A Star is Born was signed when Ira Gershwin consented to write the lyrics. Arlen and Gershwin knew they had to create a dramatic song for Judy Garland that allowed her to not only demonstrate her fine singing abilities, but also her flair for acting. The song that they created is The Man That Got Away. It was during the work on this score in February 1953 that Harold’s father, Cantor Samuel Arluck, died. Harold, deeply affected and distressed by his father’s passing, forced himself to keep working.
Judy Garland pre-recorded the song on September 3, 1953.
According to sound man Earl Bellamy: “When Judy sang to playback, you could never hear anything…She wanted me to start off at a full blast and then she topped that…her huge voice carrying out over the rafters. You could hear Judy clear as a bell, and she sang right with it…”
"I strive to get what I want and people have said that I’m a monster in that department. But that’s always said about us ladies who grasp for our own strength." — Julie Andrews
Happy Birthday, you glorious, glorious queen.
Happy 78th birthday, Julie Andrews!
"A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it."