A throat operation undergone in 1997 left Julie Andrews without her singing voice. According to The Telegraph, the “My Fair Lady” actress has performed a few times since, but was unhappy with the range and tonality her singing voice currently has.
The Oscar and Tony Award winning actress, famous for her performance in musicals such as “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music”, has suffered irrevocable damage due to the throat operation. The procedure was meant to remove some non-cancerous throat nodules. However, the outcome was far from satisfactory as the surgery limited Andrews’ range as well as her ability to hold notes.
The actress addressed this issue in a recent interview and said that her voice hasn’t recovered ever since the medical procedure took place. “The operation that I had left me without a voice and without a certain piece of my vocal chords,” she told the reporter. Even though she can still speak “pretty well” and is able to hit bass notes, Andrews doesn’t sing that much as of late.
The 77-year-old performed a few times after the surgery, including singing for “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” movie in 2004 and the London concert in 2010, but considers those appearances “speak-singing”.
After the surgery, Andrews dedicated herself to directing theatre and writing children books. Her newest “Little Bo in London: The Ultimate Adventure of Bonnie Boadicea” has been recently released by Harper Collins. The book is the fourth and final piece in a series about a magical cat that travels the world with the man who rescued her. This is the actress’ 27th book written in collaboration with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.
Andrews directed the stage adaptation for another one of her books, “The Great American Mousical”, a story about a troop of acting mice who lives under the floor of a Broadway theatre. The play is being performed at the Goodspeed Theatre in Connecticut but the actress said it is Broadway material, where she would like to direct and produce.
The iconic actress also said during her interview that, as strange as it might seem, losing her voice might have done her some good after all, as it pushed her to further her career and interests in non singing related directions. After all, “when one door closes another window opens.”