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Julie Andrews as Supporting Roles: 3 Times Star Shined Without Being Lead Actress

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Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actress Julie Andrews is best known for her roles in "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music," but she has not always taken the lead. In her nearly seven-decade career, Andrews has been a star in supporting roles.

Here are three times she stood out for her work as a supporting actress:

1. Nanny, "Eloise at Christmastime" (2003)

Andrews played "Nanny" in this ABC Television movie about Eloise, a young child, who gets tangled up trying to bring adults together romantically during the holidays. The role put Andrews back in the spotlight as she reunited with Disney for the performance.

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She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for the role for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

2. Sam, "10" (1979)

Dudley Moore, who plays George Mancini, finds himself having a midlife crisis and no longer content with the affections of his lady companion, Sam, played by Andrews. Bo Derek becomes center stage in the film as the woman who Mancini lusts after, despite the fact she is engaged.

Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film four stars, noting Andrews' role was "small, but delightful."

Andrews was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.

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3. Emily Barham, "The Americanization of Emily" (1964)

Andrews stars as the love interest of James Garner, who plays Charley, a World War II soldier, in the film. The pair begins a wartime romance as Emily (Andrews) starts to care for him in fear of losing him in battle.

What she isn't aware of is that her potential beau is a coward who hides from conflict and runs the errands of his admiral. But the tables are turned when the admiral decides he wants the first man on the Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion to be Charley, telling he will be a hero. Charley survives the feat and wins over Emily in return, as he is now a hero.

"Here is a film that not only gives the charming Miss Andrews a chance to prove herself irresistible in a straight romantic comedy but also gets off some of the wildest brashest and funniest situations and cracks at the lunacy of warfare that have popped from the screen in quite some time," wrote film critic Bosley Crowther in the New York Times.

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Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actress Julie Andrews is best known for her roles in "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music," but she has not always taken the lead. In her nearly seven-decade career, Andrews has been a star in supporting roles.
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