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"Like a nun with a switchblade" --Christopher Plummer
Made a Dame of the British Empire in December 1999
Cindy Adams revealed in her January 8, 1993 column that Andrews is one of Great Britain's ten richest women.
She received the Woman of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Times in 1965.
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland (1970)
Named Woman of the Year by B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League (1983)
Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1997
Andrews garnered headlines in May 1996 when she refused a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for "Victor/Victoria". Because she was the only person associated with the show who was cited by the nominating committee, Andrews chose to stand with the "egregiously overlooked" company and asked that her name be withdrawn. While Andrews' name remained on the ballot, she lost to Donna Murphy in "The King and I".
"Andrews won the Oscar mainly as a rebuke to Jack Warner for cheating her out of the Hepburn [Audrey] part in "My Fair Lady". Actually the old mogul's instincts were dead on, and we got the best of both worlds. Andrews could get away with Eliza Doolittle on stage, but the camera would have revealed her shamming trying to play Rex Harrison's social and intellectual inferior--she's about as socially insecure as a Sherman tank. Winsome, vulnerable Hepburn was just right for the movie--and the imperturbable Poppins was just right for Andrews' debut." --Michael Gebert in "The Encyclopedia of Movie Awards"
"We laugh about Mary Poppins and Maria and the corniness of all that, but you watch her in a room full of children who don't know "Mary Poppins" or "The Sound of Music" and, I mean, she's like a magnet. They just go right to her." --Blake Edwards quoted in Vanity Fair, October 1995.
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