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Brandi McKinney

7 October 2014

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The Ladies Who Play Cinderella

I am performing a piece from Cinderella, so I wanted to know more about the two famous ladies who played Cinderella, Julie Andrews and Brandy Norwood. I have always loved those two ladies since I can remember. The first thing I saw Julie in was Mary Poppins, and when I first saw Brandy was on TV, I think for her music, and I was like I love her because we have the same name. I didn't know anyone who had the same name has me, so I was so excited.

Julie's madden name is Julia Elizabeth Wells was born October 1, 1935, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom. She came from a very musical family, her mom was a pianist and her stepfather was a singer. In the late 1940s she had already made a name for herself on the English stage ever before she came over here to do Broadway.

She moved to America in the 1950s, where she starred in the musical The Boyfriend from 1954-1955. The next year she starred in My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle, where she earned a Tony nomination for best actress. In the 1960s she had another leading role in Camelot, were she earned her second Tony nomination.

Julie jumped from the stage to the screen, in 1964 with the leading role The Americanization of Emily and Mary Poppins. She was also in the TV movie Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella. She was the original Cinderella in the TV movie. I think it was pretty cool, that R&H worked with Disney to make this TV movie. She won her first Academy Award for playing the lovable, magical nanny in Mary Poppins. She was getting so big...