STARRING JULIE ANDREWS - 10/29 TCM scores a triumph by presenting Julie Andrews, one of the best-loved international stars, as an on-camera co-host with Ben Mankiewicz for a screening of four Andrews films, three of which Andrews will join our TCM host in discussing. Andrews' appearance comes just days after the publication of her new book, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (2019). A performer of sparkling charm noted for a crystalline four-octave soprano voice, Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. She began her career as a performer in the music-hall act of her pianist mother, Barbara Ward Wells, and her singer stepfather, Ted Andrews, whose surname she adopted. Andrews made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954) and became a major stage star with her performances as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1956) and Queen Guenevere in Camelot (1960). She made a spectacular movie debut in the title role of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964), winning both a Best-Actress Oscar and a Grammy award, amongst multiple nominations. Andrews has also earned a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honorary Award and the Disney Legends Award. In 2000, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts. And last month it was announced that she will be next year's recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, to be presented on April 25, 2020. Andrews' other notable movies include The Sound of Music (1965), one of the most successful films of all-time; Hawaii (1966); Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain (1966); Star! (1968); Darling Lili (1970); S.O.B. (1981); Duet for One (1986); and The Princess Diaries (2001). Andrews was married to English designer Tony Walton (1959-67) and American director Blake Edwards (1969-2010, his death). She has three children including actress/author Emma Walton Hamilton, who has co-written children's books with her mother. Andrews also penned an earlier autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (2008). Here are the Andrews films appearing in our salute co-hosted by the star herself: The Americanization of Emily (1964), Andrews' follow-up film to Mary Poppins, provides a change of pace with its dark overtones in a romance set in 1944 London during the weeks leading up to D-Day. James Garner plays a Navy officer charged with supplying his superiors with all the comforts (including attractive women), and Andrews is a war widow who falls in love with him. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the screenplay and Arthur Hiller directed an excellent cast that also includes Melvyn Douglas, Keenan Wynn and James Coburn. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), a satirical musical set in the 1920s that is reminiscent of The Boy Friend, was another hit for Andrews. She has the title role as an innocent from Kansas who comes to the Big City to find liberation, love and a rich husband. Campy fun is added by Beatrice Lillie and Carol Channing (Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress). Also on hand are Mary Tyler Moore, John Gavin and James Fox. George Roy Hill directed, and Elmer Bernstein won an Oscar for his original score. Victor/Victoria (1982) reunited Andrews with James Garner in this highly entertaining musical farce directed by Andrews' late husband, Blake Edwards. She plays Victoria, a struggling soprano in 1934 Paris who becomes the toast of the town after being coached by a gay mentor (Robert Preston) to masquerade as a female impersonator. Garner is a macho gangster who falls for him/her, and Lesley Ann Warren is the gangster's shrill-voiced moll. The movie scored seven Oscar nominations including nods to Andrews, Preston and Warren; and won for the original score by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse. That's Life (1986, TCM premiere), a comedy-drama co-written and directed by Edwards, casts Jack Lemmon as a successful yet depressed architect facing his 60th birthday. Andrews plays his patient wife, who confronts problems of her own. This independent production was shot at the Edwards' Malibu beach house with family members in supporting roles. The couple's children are played by Chris Lemmon (Jack's son), Emma Walton (Julie's daughter) and Jennifer Edwards (Blake's daughter). Felicia Farr, Jack Lemmon's wife, appears as a fortune teller. The Mancini/Bricusse composition "Life in a Looking Glass" was Oscar-nominated as Best Song. No doubt promoting her new autobiography about her film career. No Poppins or Music as they are reserved for Disney +. I wonder if ABC will still show Music during the holiday season.