Julie Andrews Misses Her Husband 'like Crazy' after Trying to Save Him from the 'Monster' of Self-Medication
Julie Andrews' husband, Blake Edwards, sadly passed away long before her, leaving his wife to miss him daily. One of the couple's trials was Edwards' mental health issue which his wife saved him from.
Julie Andrews is an actress who is well-known for her roles in "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins." The Oscar Award-winning star began her acting work on an English stage.
She then replicated her success on Broadway before earning Tony Award nominations for her work in "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot." After starring in "Mary Poppins," Andrews won herself an Academy Award.
She also had an Academy Award nomination for her role in "The Sound of Music." In her personal life, the actress was married to her second husband, Blake Edward, for 41 years until his death.
Andrews met Edwards while she was still married to her first husband. She and Edwards ended up working in several famous movies, and to honor their love, we get a look at their romantic life story.
JULIE MET THE LOVE OF HER LIFE WHILE STILL MARRIED
According to Honey Nine, Andrews met Edwards in 1959, with the actress describing the moment as "ships that passed in the night at some event." Depending on who you spoke with, the meeting was recalled as either "wonderfully Hollywood" or "corny."
The pair later crossed paths at a Los Angeles intersection, where they made eye contact. At the time, the two stars were driving away in opposite directions after leaving the same therapist, with Andrews recalling in a 2015 "Good Morning Britain" interview:
"I was going one way and he was going the other."
The actress remembered how their interaction went that fateful day, saying: "He rolled down the window after smiling a couple of times, and he said, 'Are you going where I just came from?' ... Very corny, sorry about that."
Edwards had a different outlook on how he met the actress, describing the moment as they'd met as "wonderfully Hollywood." The "Breakfast at Tiffany's" director shared his recollection of their driving meetup, stating:
"We would stop in the middle lane on Sunset [Boulevard, in Beverly Hills] waiting for traffic and then go on. I kept looking over, two or three mornings a week...eventually I said 'hi.'"
During a different interview with ABC, Andrews admitted, "I'm afraid I was trying very hard not to fall in love with him." What kept the pair apart was that they were both married to other people.
Edwards was with Patricia Walker while the actress was married to Tony Walton. One person, who prophetically said to the film director, "With your luck, you'll wind up marrying her," referring to Andrews, was Edwards' agent Stan Kamen.
Eventually, in 1967, Andrews and Edwards both divorced their spouses after having reconnected towards the end of their marriages. As soon as their divorces were finalized, the actress and the film director started seeing each other.
Despite Edwards being 13 years older than Andrews, Kamen's prediction came true when the couple tied the knot. The actress and the "Pink Panther films" director married in November 1969 at Andrews' home after being together for two years.
JULIE AND BLAKE WENT THROUGH FIRE AND WATER TOGETHER
In Andrews' 2019 memoir, "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years," she revealed how Edwards was a funny man. The actress described her husband as "...the most charismatic and interesting fellow you could possibly meet."
Andrews explained: "But he was also, at times, a very depressive personality and had a very difficult time." The star admitted that she tried to fix and save her director husband during their marriage.
She explained, "You have to remember, I was very used to that kind of thing, cause I was — you know — a very big codependent with my own family." The actress also revealed, "And so I became that with Blake."
Growing up, Andrews thought singing would somehow free her stepfather and mother from their disappointment and alcoholism. In her book, she mentioned the "very stressful times" with her husband's hypochondria.
The Hollywood director also suffered from "horrible bouts of depression." The actress found herself trying to pull Edwards through his unstable moods and suicidal anxiety, confessing this about his self-medicating with oxycodone and Demerol:
"It was one of those monsters that got hold of him so strongly that he couldn't resist."
THE COUPLE ADOPTED TWO CHILDREN FROM VIETNAM - INSIDE THEIR BLENDED FAMILY
Despite their trials and tribulations, Andrews and Edwards still had enough love to spare. The couple adopted two daughters from South East Asia in Vietnam, and the actress helped change the law in their country regarding adoption.
Welcoming the two girls led their home to become a blended one as Andrews had one child and was already a stepmother to her husband's children. The star was determined to manage it all, the busy work schedule, tours, movies, television shows, and parenthood.
Andrews maintained it all because she worried about her family's finances, primarily because of Edwards' habit of overspending. Despite living with people from three countries, several pets, five children, and her husband's ailments, the actress stayed focused.
“And besides being a stepmother, I’m an adoptive mother, too."
Edwards' wife continued, "I have my natural-born daughter and Blake's two children, and then we adopted two children … can you imagine the hodge-podge?" Their adopted daughters, Joanna Lynne and Amy Leigh, were taken in at five and two months, respectively.
The girls came from a Vietnamese orphanage, with Andrews saying: "We wanted a child, and it hadn't happened." She explained how she felt welcoming their daughter, stating, "Amy came into our lives, and it was wonderful."
As Saigon began falling, the actress and her husband reached out to their orphanage where Amy came from and asked for another child when things cleared up in the country. The star said, "So suddenly Joanna was with us, and they were not sisters, but like sisters."
Bringing up the two girls wasn't an easy journey, with the parents initially thinking about what they could do for the children. They didn't consider what the girls would face having to adapt to living in America.
However, Edwards and Andrews' love for the pair helped them keep going. After adopting the children, the decision led to her choosing to step down from her career, with the star explaining:
“I wanted to be there. To make a proper protein breakfast for them before school in the morning."
She elaborated further on what she wished to be present for, like "To go to parent-teacher interviews. It is important." The actress also shared, "I do admire women who manage to do both. I tried, and it is extremely difficult."
ANDREWS LOST HER SINGING VOICE YEARS BEFORE LOSING HER HUSBAND
While dealing with the big family and the partially abandoned acting career, Andrews had to contest another challenge. In her 2019 "Lorraine" interview, the star revealed that she no longer sang.
She explained how this was because of an operation she had that wasn't successful. However, the light at the end of the tunnel for Andrews was that she got to write more when she lost her singing capabilities!
One of her daughters once noted how she'd found a new way of using her voice! The songstress had spent two years suffering from vocal issues while starring in Broadway's "Victor/Victoria."
[Julie] Andrews remembered her late husband [Blake Edwards] as the most "charismatic, mercurial gentleman" she had ever met.
She was diagnosed with a vocal cord lesion, or as Andrews described the "weak spot" as more like a cyst. Her doctor suggested getting surgery to remove the lesion and was told there was no risk to her singing voice.
In June 1997, she had an operation at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and sadly her vocal cords were left scarred. Andrews's speaking voice ended up raspy, and her singing voice was gone; the following year, her husband sadly said:
"I don’t think she’ll sing again. It’s an absolute tragedy."
Little did she know the most significant tragedy was about to strike her and her children. In 2010, Edwards died after battling pneumonia and spending years fighting chronic fatigue syndrome; during a "Good Morning Britain" interview five years later, Andrews said:
"We were married 41 years and it was a love story, it was. Success in our marriage was to take it one day at a time and so, lo and behold, 41 years later there we still were."
The former vocalist confessed, "I'm still dealing with [his death]." She admitted, "There are days when it's perfectly wonderful, and I am myself, and then it's suddenly—sock you in the middle of your gut, and you think 'ah God, I wish he were here.'"
However, she felt she hadn't completely lost him, saying, "But he is in a way, I think one carries that love always." When the film director passed on, his wife had been by his side.
She felt the mold was broken when Edwards was born and never came across anyone else who was as sophisticated and witty as he was. Andrews relied on those traits and confessed, "I miss him like crazy."