In September 2019, the honorary citizen of Saanen Julie Andrews published her memoirs.
This almost coincided with receiving the Golden Lion for her life’s work at the Venice Film Festival. Her memoirs are entitled “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years”. This is the second autobiographical work following on from “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years”, published in 2008.
The book has been featured in the US press and on many US TV stations. After just a few days, it’s topped the US bestseller lists. Andrews has given countless TV interviews, including to the world-renowned CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour.
Andrews wrote the book with her daughter Emma Walton-Hamilton. This 350-page work tells the fascinating story of her career and the huge international success of Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and Victoria/Victoria (1982). Most recently, her voiceover has been used for characters in computer-animated films like Shrek, Despicable Me, and Aquaman.
In her new book, Andrews also writes about Gstaad, the place where she’s had a chalet for over 50 years. Gstaad is also the place she calls home, spending several weeks a year on holiday here with her daughter and family.
Gstaad is where she can relax. It’s also where, along with her late husband, Blake Edwards, she had the best ideas for her films and successful stage shows.
When she was given her honorary citizenship in a public celebration in 2014, Andrews said in local dialect: “I’m so happy to be a citizen of Gstaad.” Her famous quote to a journalist years ago still rings true: “Gstaad is the last paradise in a crazy world.”
The book has been published by Hachette Book Group