You must have read about Julie Andrew’s new take on “My Favorite Things” when she sang it at the Radio City Music Hall on her 69th birthday in 2004. It was sent, forwarded and re-forwarded over and over for a long time. Unfortunately, it was just a hoax. Julie Andrews lost her singing ability after a surgery gone bad. From Snopes:
Julie Andrews lost the ability to sing in 1997. That year she was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital for the removal of a non-cancerous polyp on her vocal cords, and what should have been a simple surgical procedure went dreadfully wrong. Her multi-octave singing voice was virtually destroyed.
Andrews sued the two doctors and the hospital for what had been done to her. In 2000, she settled her malpractice suit out of court, and though the terms of that settlement were not publicly disclosed, the amount she recouped is believed to be in the neighborhood of £20 million (about $30 million US).
However, the photos of The Sound of Music children that started circulating in e-mails more recently appear to be genuine. The seven actors did hold a reunion in Salzburg.
From right to left: Charmian Carr (Liesl), Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl).
The photo was sent by my brother-in-law, Sonny, along with the “My Favorite Things” lyrics supposedly sang by Ms. Andrews on her 69th birthday. Sorry, bro, the lyrics are bogus.