Royal salute to Andrews at SAG Awards


SAG will honor Julie Andrews' half-century of film, TV and recording accomplishments at the guild's 13th annual awards gala Jan. 28 at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

In announcing the lifetime achievement award, SAG president Alan Rosenberg cited Andrews' "great generosity, creativity, courage, elegance and wit."

Andrews' 1964 film debut in "Mary Poppins" built on her renown on Broadway, where she starred in classic productions of "My Fair Lady," "Camelot" and other musicals. After a series of iconic film roles, including her Oscar-nominated turn in "The Sound of Music," she returned to Broadway in 1996 for the stage adaptation of her movie hit "Victor, Victoria."

Most recently, Andrews has starred in motion pictures including "The Princess Diaries" and "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement." She voiced the role of Queen Lillian in 2004's "Shrek 2" and is reprising that role in summer-slotted "Shrek the Third."

A native of England, Andrews came to the U.S. in her teens, debuting on Broadway in the 1953 production of the musical "The Boy Friend."

Andrews was honored as a dame of the British Empire for her lifetime achievements in the arts in 1999, and two years later she was named as a Kennedy Center Honoree for her contributions to the performing arts and American culture. She was a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women for 15 years, and with husband Blake Edwards she is a founding board member of the privately funded worldwide relief organization Operation U.S.A.

"She embodies and transcends the memorable roles she has created," Rosenberg said. "Julie has been a positive presence in my life and continues to inspire multiple generations. I believe it is exceptionally significant to be recognized by people who do the same work you do, (and) Julie seems genuinely touched and thrilled to be receiving an award from her fellow actors. I have assured her the honor is ours."

The SAG Awards will be televised on TBS and TNT.