She always thought motherhood was important.
Julie Andrews has opened about how she tried to juggle motherhood and work during the height of her acting career while playing Maria in The Sound of Music and how ultimately she chose to be a non-working mum.
Andrews has one biological daughter, Emma from her former husband, Tony Walton. After her split from Walton, Andrews got together with a director from Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Blake Edwards who she married in 1969. From her new marriage Andrews gained two stepchildren, Jennifer and Geoffrey. Later she adopted two children – Amelia and Joanna – after a failed attempt to have children with Edwards. All up, Andrews has five children.
“As a mother my children have always come first,” Julie Andrews said in a recent interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW).
She told the magazine that even as a working mother she at least always tried to take the kids with her when she could. She admits that it wasn't easy juggling all of her commitments, but on the set of The Sound of Music there were at least other children to play with.
"I tried to make things silly and funny, so we all had a good time," she told AWW.
After her time on The Sound of Music, Andrews became a stepmother and opened up in her interview about how that was particularly hard at the time as divorce was not as common then as it is now. She admits that there was a huge stigma around stepmothers which she found difficult.