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Venice Film Fest: Julie Andrews just accepted a huge award in the most Julie Andrews way

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Screen legend Julie Andrews has just picked up a huge industry award, and it’s reminded us that we still have questions about The Princess Diaries 3

You don’t need us to tell you that Julie Andrews is a screen legend. We all grew up singing, dancing and yodelling along to The Sound of Music, right? If not, you were surely more of a practically perfect n every way Mary Poppins fan? Or, perhaps you met later on in life during her turn as Queen Clarisse Renaldi of Genovia in teen hit adaptation The Princess Diaries?

And yet – after a 70-year career in the business (which, quite frankly, sounds exhausting) – the actor and singer has only just picked up the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Film Festival. 

Cue: the most on-brand acceptance speech by Andrews possible, followed by a musical performance.  

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The star was presented with the award by Call Me By Your Name director Luca Geuadagnino at the 76th international celebration of film.

“I’m still amazed, I’ve been a lucky girl who got to play beautiful roles,’ she said.

“I am so honoured to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. I thank La Biennale for this acknowledgement of my work and I look forward to being in that beautiful city in September for this very special occasion.”

Andrews then went on to give a short singing performance in Italian, because that is the Andrews way to do things.

Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway
Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway starred in The Princess Diaries in 2001.

The lovely announcement reminded us of some very important Andrews-related news from earlier on in the year. 

Anne Hathaway – who played Andrews’ on-screen granddaughter Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries 1 and was recently asked about a rumoured third film

Speaking on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, she confirmed: “There is a script for the third movie. There is a script. I want to do it. Julie [Andrews] wants to do it. Debra Martin Chase, our producer, wants to do it. We all really want it to happen.”

However, she added: “It’s just we don’t want to unless it’s perfect because we love it just as much as you guys love it. It’s as important to us as it is to you, and we don’t want to deliver anything until it’s ready, but we’re working on it.”

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Meg Cabot, the author of the book series the first film was based on, has also confirmed that the wheels are in motion behind the scenes – and she’s even seen a script.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Cabot said The Princess Diaries 3 “could happen” and that if so, it would be “as a tribute” to director Garry Marshall, who passed away last year.

Andrews has yet to comment on her involvement, but all the signs are surely pointing towards something good. 

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But Andrews is already pretty busy this year, as she is publishing her highly-anticipated book Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years in October. Following on from her first memoir, Home, this new offering picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films.

Although we can’t wait to read the book, we also hope that Andrews finds some time to crack on with the film we all need in 2020. 

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