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Julie Andrews on how therapy saved her life: “My head was so full of clutter”

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Appearing on The Late Show to talk about her new memoir, the screen legend talked openly about how therapy saved her life.

Whether it was The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins or The Princess Diaries, most of us have grown up with Julie Andrews; Her signature warmth and grace has become as familiar to us as that of our own grandmother’s – so yes, we’re still hanging on her every word.

In her new memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, a follow-up to her 2008 memoir, the screen legend is recounting her rise to fame in some of her earliest films, from the pressures of fame to navigating personal milestones, such as a new baby, a marriage breakdown and falling in love again.

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Also, though, Andrews spoke about her relationship with therapy; Appearing on The Late Show on Monday, Andrews was asked by host Stephen Colbert about why she had chosen to talk at length, and so openly, about therapy, including that her first stint had taken place after her first marriage broke down when “my head was so full of clutter and garbage”. She gave it a try after learning Mike Nichols, whom she had always admired for his clear head, was doing so, she revealed.

“[Nichols] had a clarity that I admired so much, and I wanted that for myself, and I didn’t feel I’d had it,” Andrews said. “So I went away and got into it and it saved my life in a way.”

Responding to Colbert’s initial question about why she had shared this, Andrews said: “The truth is, why not, if it helps anybody else have the same idea? These days, there’s no harm in sharing it, I think everybody knows the good work it can do.” 

Of course, we couldn’t agree with her more.

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Jessica Rapana is a journalist based in London, and enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content. She is especially fond of news, health, entertainment and travel content, and drinks coffee like a Gilmore Girl.

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