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‘Prima donna in pigtails’: reading the child stardom of Julie Andrews

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posted on 2022-11-17, 05:38 authored by Brett FarmerBrett Farmer
This paper analyses the juvenile career of Julie Andrews who was a child performer of considerable note in her native Britain during the immediate post-war period. Possessed of a remarkably developed singing voice, Andrews was feted as a musical child prodigy, and she performed widely in variety and radio as ‘Britain’s youngest singing star’. In an era of profound disruption, Andrews’ popular image as national wunderkind served–as the myth of the child star so often it does–as a resonant cultural fiction for the articulation of deeply felt ideological concerns and the fantastic reconciliation of social and emotional anxieties.

History

Journal

Celebrity Studies

Pagination

1-15

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1939-2397

eISSN

1939-2400

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Taylor & Francis