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Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards 2010

Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards on September 30, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "Evening With Blake Edwards."

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Together for 41 years, the marriage of Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards ended with the death of Blake in December 2010. Here's information on how they met, their children, and more.

Fast Marriage Facts - Blake and Julie:

Wedding Date: November 12, 1969.
First Marriage: No.
Marriage Ended: December 15, 2010 when Blake died.

Did You Know?

Julie and Blake believed in not keeping secrets or grudges.

Born:

Blake Edwards aka william Blake Crump: July 26, 1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Julie Andrews aka Julia Elizabeth Wells: October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

Died:

Blake Edwards: At the age of 88, Blake Edwards died on December 15, 2010 from complications of pneumonia at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. His wife Julie and his family were by his side.

How Julie and Blake Met:

Blake and Julie met in 1967 while passing one another to and from on the way to see their analysts. When they became engaged, Blake gave Julie a nine-carat diamond ring.
Julie: "I passed his car and he passed mine on the middle island of Sunset Boulevard on Roxbury Drive. I thought, 'That's a very interesting looking gentleman,' and I presumed he must have thought the same about me in terms of being an interesting looking lady. And lo and behold, a couple of days later it happened again and again."
Source: "Dame Julie Andrews Interview." Achievement.org. 6/10/2004.

Wedding Date and Info:

Julie and Blake were married in the garden of her Beverly Hills home on November 12, 1969.
Julie on getting married: "What the hell. It was just a piece of paper, and anyway it felt right."
Source: Barbara Wilkins. "The Pristine Princess." People. 3/14/1977.

Children:

As a blended family, Julie and Blake have five children. Julie said in an interview, "We pooled all our children."
  • Jennifer B. Edwards: Born in 1957. Her mother is Patricia Walker. Jennifer is an actress.
  • Geoffrey B. Edwards: Born in 1959. His mother is Patricia Walker. Geoffrey is a writer, actor, editor, and director.
  • Emma Kate Walton: Born in 1962. Her father is Tony Walton. Emma is an author and actress.
  • Amelia (Amy) Leigh Edwards: Born in 1974 in Vietnam, Amy was adopted by Blake and Julie.
  • Joanna Lynne Edwards: Born in 1975, Joanna was adopted by Blake and Julie.

Occupations:

Blake: Screenwriter, director, painter, sculptor, producer.

Julie: Singer, actress, director, author.

Residences:

Blake and Julie have several homes:
  • Gstaad, Switzerland.
  • Malibu, California.

Quotes About the Marriage of Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews:

Julie: "Once in a while, I felt that maybe I was a jinx for Blake and we shouldn't work together ... We're way past that now. And it never really mattered, anyway, because the pleasure of doing a film with him far outweighs any other consideration."
Source: Richard Stirling. Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography. 2008. pg. 277.

Richard Stirling: "The basis of the Edwards' marriage, after more than a decade, remained that expounded in their latest film by Victor/Victoria and King Marchan: "No secrets, no grudge collecting. If something bothers us, we say so. We don't plan past tomorrow -- we just take it a day at a time.' Remarkably, it seemed to be working."
Source: Richard Stirling. Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography. 2008. pg. 277.

Previous Marriages:

Blake was previously married.
  • Patricia Walker: Patricia, an actress, and Blake were married in 1953. They divorced in 1967.
Julie had one previous marriage.
  • Tony Walton: Tony was born on October 24, 1934 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Julie and Tony, a production and costume designer and actor, were married on May 10, 1959 in St. Mary's Church in Oatlands in Weybridge. Tony designed her wedding dress. Their wedding reception was at the Mitre Hotel on the Thames. After separating in 1966, Julie filed for divorce in 1967.
Julie about first meeting Tony: "'One of those goons from home, gawking from the front row,' Julie recalled her first impression, yet within three years, 'we became boyfriend and girlfriend and went through our teens together.'"
Source: Richard Stirling. Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography. 2008. pg. 34.
Julie: "One of the things I felt most grateful for that day was that I knew Tony as well as I did. Making such a huge commitment is daunting, to say the least, and to know that I was marrying my dearest friend was a great comfort -- a safe, sure feeling."
Source: Julie Andrews. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years. 2009. pg. 261.
Julie: "It [wedding dress] survived well, and many years later, to my delight, all the buttons and the lovely embroidered roses were incorporated into our daughter Emma's wedding dress -- which Tony also designed -- when she got married."
Source: Julie Andrews. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years. 2009. pg. 259.
Julie: "The various demands of our careers have kept Tony and me apart for long periods of time, thus placing obvious strains upon our marriage. It has therefore become clear that a divorce will be in the best interests of all concerned."
Source: Richard Stirling. Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography. 2008. pg. 207.
Julie: "When I did see him [Tony], he was very hostile to me and my friends, and he was unsympathetic to the demands of my career. Our marriage seemed to disintegrate into a farce."
Source: "Actress Julie Andrews Divorces London Stage Designer." The Daily Review. Hayward, California. 05/08/1968. pg. 9.
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