Dame Julie Andrews needed therapy after winning Oscar for 'Mary Poppins'

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Julie Andrews at the Venice Film Festival in 2019. (Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Dame Julie Andrews has revealed she had to go into therapy after winning an Oscar for Mary Poppins.

The star, 84, won the best actress award for her performance as a nanny with magical powers in the hit 1964 film.

But Dame Julie, who was just 29 at the time, told Graham Norton on his talk show that for a while she did not think she deserved it.

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She admitted she even hid the little gold statuette in her loft.

“l kept the Oscar in the attic for a very long time because I thought I’d been given it as a ‘Welcome to Hollywood’ and I didn’t feel worthy of it,” she said.

“So much early success sent me into therapy and analysis,” added the star.

Dame Julie said she had learnt that “you have to do it right and honour the films you are making”.

“It’s a huge gift, but a lot of obligation,” she explained.

A scene from the Disney film 'Mary Poppins' (1964) starring Julie Andrews.

The actress was nominated for Oscars on two more occasions – for The Sound Of Music in 1966 and Victor/Victoria and in 1983.

Earlier this month she said that therapy had saved her life after she split from her first husband Tony Walton in 1967.

She told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: “Sadly, I separated from my lovely first husband.

“And separations were always inevitable and the marriage was over and my head was so full of clutter and garbage.

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“Believe it or not, it was (director) Mike Nichols who really tipped me into wanting to go to therapy.”

She went on: “He had a clarity that I admired so much.

“I wanted that for myself. And I didn’t feel I had it, so I went and got into it and it saved my life, in a way.”

Dame Julie married again, tying the knot with director Blake Edwards in 1969.

They were together until his death in 2010.