Julie Andrews to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival
Illustrious Oscar-winning actress and singer Julie Andrews will be awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Best known for her iconic roles in ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘The Sound of Music,’ Andrews has starred in more than 40 movies.
“This Golden Lion is the well-deserved recognition of an extraordinary career which has admirably parsed popular success with artistic ambition, without ever bowing to facile compromises,” Alberto Barbera, the Venice Film Festival’s artistic director said.
“I am so honored to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement,” Andrews remarked, thanking the festival’s parent organization, the Venice Biennale, “for this acknowledgment of my work.”
Born in 1935 into a musical family in England, Andrews was originally a stage star, first in Britain and then on Broadway, where she was nominated for Tony Awards for her roles in ‘Camelot’ and ‘My Fair Lady.’ She later won an Academy Award for her performance in ‘Mary Poppins,’ and has been a beloved figure throughout the world ever since.
More recently, Andrews has played several voice roles in the ‘Shrek’ and ‘Despicable Me’ franchises, in addition to last year’s blockbuster ‘Aquaman.’
The 76th annual Venice Film Festival will run from August 28 to September 7.