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Julie Andrews Selected for AFI’s Life Achievement Award

The American Film Institute Board of Trustees has selected Julie Andrews as the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Andrews on April 25 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be telecast on TNT.

Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Her talents across time have inspired a shared sense of joy across generations, and her gifts to our cultural heritage are a testament to the power of this art form to bring us together when we need it most. AFI is proud to sing her praises with its 48th Life Achievement Award.”

Andrews won a Best Actress Oscar for “Mary Poppins” and was nominated for “The Sound of Music” and Victor/Victoria.” She has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys and two Emmys. Andrews received Tony nominations for “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot” and the stage version of “Victor/Victoria.” She’s also a Kennedy Center honoree, a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of a SAG Life Achievement Award.

Andrews made her Broadway debut in 1954 with “The Boy Friend” and her feature film debut in 1964’s “Mary Poppins.” Her other feature film credits include “Torn Curtain,” “The Americanization of Emily,” “Hawaii,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “10,” “The Man Who Loved Women,” “Enchanted” and “Aquaman.”

Andrews has been cast in Shonda Rhime’s new Netflix series “Bridgerton” to play a sharp-tongued gossip writer in Regency London. Her second memoir, “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years” will be released Oct. 15. She released her first memoir, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years,” in 2008.

The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1973 with John Ford as the first recipient. The most recent honorees are last year’s winner, Denzel Washington, who was preceded by George Clooney, Diane Keaton, John Williams, Jane Fonda,  Mel Brooks, Shirley MacLaine, Morgan Freeman, Mike Nichols and Michael Douglas.

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