Julie Andrews to Receive 48th AFI Life Achievement Award – American Film Institute


Julie Andrews to Receive 48th AFI Life Achievement Award

America’s Highest Honor for a Career in Film

to Be Presented at Gala Dinner on April 25, 2020

Tribute Will Premiere on TNT, Thursday, May 7 at 10pm ET/PT

The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that Dame Julie Andrews will be the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Andrews at a Gala Tribute on April 25, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award has won Emmy® Awards across five decades in its 48-year run and will return for its eighth year with TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in the fall. Audi returns as an Official Sponsor of the event.

“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.”

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A legendary actress of both stage and screen, Andrews has enchanted and delighted audiences around the world with her uplifting and inspiring body of work. She continues to captivate viewers in front of the camera, with her remarkable wit, characteristic grace and an incandescent and unmistakable voice all of her own — while also shining a light on humanitarian issues in her activism and philanthropic work.

A three-time Academy Award nominee, Andrews star turn in MARY POPPINS won her both a BAFTA and an Oscar®. From her early debut as Polly Browne in “The Boyfriend” to her critically-acclaimed Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway hit “My Fair Lady” to her timeless performance as Maria von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC to her groundbreaking dual roles in the gender-bending VICTOR/VICTORIA, Andrews has proven herself an accomplished and versatile actress. Throughout an illustrious career that spans seven decades, she has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys® and two Emmys® for projects infused with her incomparable charm and recognized for their ability to enthrall audiences worldwide. The critically lauded Andrews is also a Kennedy Center honoree, a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of a SAG Life Achievement Award.

On stage and screen, she has delivered transcendent performances known for their elegance, artistry and humor, with additional acting credits including: “Camelot” (1960), THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964), TORN CURTAIN (1966), HAWAII (1966), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (1967), STAR! (1968), 10 (1979), LITTLE MISS MARKER (1980), THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN (1983), DUET FOR ONE (1986), ENCHANTED (2007) and AQUAMAN (2018). She has also starred in multiple, successful franchises, including THE PRINCESS DIARIES 1 and 2 (2001); SHREK 2 (2004), SHREK THE THIRD (2007) and SHREK FOREVER AFTER (2010); and DESPICABLE ME (2010) and DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017) and the upcoming MINIONS. Recently, Andrews was cast in Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series BRIDGERTON to play a sharp-tongued gossip writer in Regency London, marking her continued evolution as an actress and icon. Andrews’ second memoir, “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years” — a follow-up to her successful 2008 New York Times Best Seller, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years” — will be released October 15.

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Comments (18)

Andreina Garban

She deserves all the accolades! A wonderful actress, great talent but most of all: One of the most charming, decent, and loving human beings in the industry! Congratulations Julie! You go girl!

Greg Cooper

While I won’t be able to watch, since I live in England, is there a way to purchase or download past AFI events (e.g. AFI Lifetife for Jimmy Cagney)?

Frances Bates

She is one of my favorite people in the whole world! Now only a great actress, but an authoress as well! She wrote my all time fave children’s story, and my dream is to have her autograph the copy I have! It’s a first edition!

Anders Zakrisson

I’m in a wonderful spin. No once deserves this award more than Julie does. I can’t think of ANYONE who’s given so much pleasure to the movie going audience in the last 50 years. A true legend.

Mary Chung

I have been Julie’s fan since childhood and now in my sixties. It’s my dream to meet her and get the book autographed by her. I’m in Hong Kong but I don’t mind to travel specially to meet her. Much appreciated if anybody can tell me how to get the tickets for the Gala dinner in next April 25 when she receives the award?

Anneke Muller

Dame Julie has influenced uncountable lives in giving them courage, determination and joy wich changed these lives for the better. The fact that she is still so active is incredible. She is without a doubt one of the most loved and talented actresses, singers and authors all over the world. She is unique: THANK YOU JULIE! ❤️❤️❤️

Anni Knudsen

I am so happy for Julie, that she is honored with this price. I have been a huge fan of Julie, since I saw her in Mary Poppins, when I was 12. She is an amazing woman in every way, and she deserves it so much. She is simply the best actress ever. I live in Denmark, so I don’t think, it will be possible to se her getting the award, so I wish every one, who will go and see her that evening, the best evening ever.


Lets ask Julie to come back. To the theatre. She can. RUBEN FROM BUENOS AIRES

Dana Chambers

Soooo very well deserved!!! ?? absolutely love her! Can not wait for TNT on 5/7/20 to be here!!!

Noel Stazko

I just said to my mom this morning, as The Lonely Goatherd came on the radio, “Julie Andrews is absolutely perfect and is my favorite performer of all time”. How I wish I could be at that dinner!

Neil Macready

Dame Julie Andrews … what an outstanding choice and so well deserved. I’ve lost count just how many times I’ve watched “The Sound of Music”, my favourite film of all time, and it brings tears of joy to my eyes during the same scenes every time. I’ve never travelled outside of Australia, but if I ever do, my first destination will be Salzburg, Austria to do “The Sound of Music” Tour. Dame Julie Andrews is truly an inspiration and has provided so much love, joy and happiness to so many people’s lives.

Julie Douglass

Congratulations, Julie! So well-deserved. I can’t thank you enough for all the inspiration and joy you have brought to my life since I was a child, with your films, music, and books.

Neil Macready

Happy Birthday Dame Julie Andrews !!! (New York Time).

Born: October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, UK.

Birth Name: Julia Elizabeth Wells.

dean francois

Congrats Julie – It was a pleasure singing with her on Princess Diaries – Truly a Legend

Don Oechsle

I suggested years ago that Julie be nominated. It’s great that she finally is. I have seen her in concert, on Broadway, off Broadway and even when she debuted her play play in Louisville. A true professional in anything she does. A great singer, actress and storyteller. Congrats! You were long overdue.

Henry Louis Robinson

The first Julie Andrews movie I ever saw was Victor/Victoria, when I was ten years old, and I’ve loved her ever since. She is my favorite living actress. In this day and age, considering the depths to which certain aspects of our popular culture have sunk, she represents civilization itself…simply the best we have to offer as a human race.

Mahavishnu Huntington Majors smokes Jimmy Page Jefff Beck

Watch all your marriage ceremony friends throw their heads
back and join in with the singing.

Jim Maney

I have asked AFI for a DVD to purchase of the show.
I can’t keep it forever on my DVR.
No response!

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