Julie Andrews: Mary Poppins star’s topless role ‘There was ONE downside to stripping off’

Julie Andrews was seen as an English Rose with the voice of an angel. From her Oscar-winning big screen debut in 1964’s Mary Poppins, followed by The Sound of Music the following year, all the way to Queen Clarisse in the Princess Diaries, Andrews epitomised good, clean family fun. However, in the thirties and forties, the actress smashed expectations with a series of more adult roles. The actress, who turns 85 this week, revealed the one downside to onscreen nudity.

It’s easy to always see the iconic actress as an eternal goodie two shoes, but her career has been marked by bold and brave choices.

Andrews followed the two early musicals with Hitchcock thriller Torn Curtain in 1966 but stunned audiences with a sexy striptease in 1970’s Darling Lili. She played a musical hall burlesque star who becomes a World War I spy.  

Her opening routine showed a side of the star never seen before. But it was nothing compared to 1981’s S.O.B.


The notorious movie was directed by her husband, Blake Edwards, the man behind the Pink Panther franchise and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

It actually took ten long years to get the controversial and troubled production to the big screen.

Andrews plays the film star wife of a Hollywood producer who has just made the biggest flop of his career.

Losing his sanity he spend his fortune buying the rights to the movie and remaking it as a soft-core pornographic musical.

It was, perhaps surprisingly, a hit with critics but, probably not surprisingly, a flop at the box office.  


It the climactic moment of the movie within the movie, Andrews’ character Sally Miles pulls down the top of her dress and reveals all.

Talking about it on the Graham Norton show, she said: “I had to go topless, but it was very legitimate in the script.”

Norton suggested everyone must have told the Oscar-winning legend not to do it, but she said: ‘I’d done an awful lot by then and it took ten years to get the movie made, so I’d had ten years to think about it.”

Andrews admitted that there was one downside, though, to stripping on camera.


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Andrews was on the sofa with Hollywood stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

Tatum also has experience of stripping off on camera and pointed out the cold is worse for men’s private parts.

Andrews gestured to her chesta nd laughed, saying: “It was very cold in the studio, goosebumps don’t look particularly good on camera, do they?”

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