The hills are still living! Nearly 57 years later The Sound of Music Inaugurated, the cast reunited in Julie Andrews’ honor.
The Bridgerton The AFI Life Achievement Award was given to the 86 year old narrator at the American Film Institute’s Thursday, Juni 9 gala. Five of her descendants were invited to celebrate her legacy. Sound of Music costars — who portrayed several of the von Trapp siblings — posed alongside Andrews on the red carpet.
Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) Debbie Turner(Marta). Kym Karath (Gretl) even led the crowd of well-wishers in a “Do-Re-Mi” sing-along before the event began.
The televised tribute to Andrews’ impressive career — which airs later this month on TNT — saw a star-studded crowd including Carol Burnett, Steve Carell, The Princess Diaries’ Hector ElizondoAnd Blake SheltonCelebrate her legacy together
“This night reminds me with great clarity how many people are involved with making movies,” the Mary Poppins An actress spoke out earlier in the month. “What a huge collaborative effort it takes to bring film to the screen. My [late]Blake, the husband [Edwards]He didn’t like it when filmmaking was referred to as a business or an industry. He maintained that film was an art form, and should be called that. And I know that is exactly the way the AFI feels also.”
While Andrews’ career has spanned decades, her role of Maria in 1965’s The Sound of Music Her nomination for an Academy Award and eventual win earned her a nomination. The film — inspired by the true story of the von Trapp family singers — focuses on young nun Maria (Andrews) who leaves her Austrian abbey to become the governess to a widowed military officer’s (Christopher Plummer) seven children. As she grows to love the little ones, she also brings a lightness and musicality into the household.
“Well, I never knock it,” she previously told Vanity Fair March 2015, she was a nun-turned-baroness. “Because it was the moment in my career where everything exploded. Poppins, that and Poppins. … [Christopher]He was such a great actor, that he was cast in Sound of Music all I could think was, ‘How will I ever live up to that?’ But we had a very good time. We never had a cross word, nothing.”
Plummer, who portrayed Maria’s love interest Captain von Trapp in the film, died in February 2021 at the age of 91. Andrews, for her parts, was emotional about her former costar.
“The world has lost a consummate actor today,” the Princess Diaries Actress told Us Weekly In a statement. “I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years. Elaine, his beautiful wife, deserves my condolences. [Taylor], and his daughter Amanda.”
The 48th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Julie Andrews TNT airs Thursday, June 16 at 10 p.m. ET.