Julie Andrews + some of my favourite quotes
We interrupt our regular programming of French films to bring you a special news bulletin…STAR! is 46 years old today!! Yep, that’s right, this chic-er than chic gem of a film had its Royal Gala World Premiere at the Dominion Theatre in London on 18 July, 1968.
As many would know, the occasion was something of a debacle. Despite having been given a huge buildup with months of worldwide publicity, and attracting a veritable Who’s Who of London’s glitterati (as seen here in this Movietone newsreel), the premiere of STAR! was, well, star-less! Held up with filming on the set of Darling Lili in Brussels, Julie regrettably had to send her apologies and was a last minute no-show. There was a huge kerfuffle in the British press over what was perceived to be Julie’s “snub,” so much so that some commentators even identify the STAR! Premiere as the turning point in Julie’s public fortune.
Either way, there’s been forty six years of water under that bridge and here in the Parallel Julie-verse July 18 is one of the grandest holy days on our annual calendar. So wherever you may be in this crazy world full of crazy contradictions, won’t you join is in charging a glass or even throwing a small party, preferably with tons of expensive ca-a-vi-ar, as we pay a birthday tribute to the genuine, positive, totally, marvellous, perfectly, wonderful STAR!
71/100 photos of Julie Andrews
Who feels the extended “Inn Sequence” from Darling Lili is one of the most hilarious, perfect, and otherwise flawlessly written scenes for an actress like Julie Andrews and can’t understand why it was cut down for the final film?
It makes the entire slap-inducing insult in the shower later on that much more valid, because at that time era, you could honestly believe that LIli was a virgin and as completely naive and inexperienced as she was and was lying through her teeth. And only an actress like Julie Andrews could pull off a scene like that while still being classy and seductive but also convey perfect girlish awkwardness at the same time.
Julie Andrews in Darling Lili, 1970 (source)
3/? - “Darling Lili”, 1970. Director: Blake Edwards.
"Oh, don’t be an ass."
Blake Edwards has taken criticism, especially in light of his wife, Julie Andrews, being a frequent lead in his films, that his female leads are strong to start, but fall apart when love collides with them.
That is a valid observation.
But who doesn’t lose their head a little bit in the throes…
Julie Andrews smiling gorgeously on the set of Darling Lili