NAPA RELATIVE VALUES
NAPA SYNDICATION REF 6274 DAME JULIE ANDREWS ARRIVES FOR THE UK PREMIERE OF HER LATEST FILM "RELATIVE VALUES' IN LONDON'S LEICESTER SQ TONIGHT. PHOTO. KARL PROUSE 21/6/2000 Dame Julie Andrews put awe-struck co-stars of her latest movie at ease by bursting into one of her best known songs, screen colleague Stephen Fry has disclosed. The actor, at the UK premiere of their film Relative Values, said the cast members were terrified of approaching the movie legend when they first arrived on set. However, Dame Julie broke the tension with a rousing chorus of the theme tune from the Sound of Music which prompted spontaneous applause. Fry said: "There was a bit of tension, not because she's a monster or anything but because mapped into our psyches - we'd seen Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music so many times."We were sitting on a sofa wondering what we should call her, whether it was Miss Andrews, Julie or just Jules. She'd looked out of the window and started singing 'the Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music' - everybody just burst into applause."The actor, at the screening in London's Odeon West End cinema, added: "She seems quite embarrassed that so many people know her for the Sound of Music, but she doesn't realise the affection we have for it. It's etched into our childhoods." Dame Julie was also at the premiere for her first film in a decade. Explaining her long screen absence, she said: "I've been working on Broadway and I've been working on television and doing all sorts of bits and pieces. It just took that long - let's hope it doesn't take that long again." The 64 year-old star revealed she was quite nervous herself when she first arrived on set but her co-stars relaxed her. She said: "They felt like family within two hours. We laughed a lot and told endless stories and got on with each other so quickly."The film is based on the Noel Coward comedy about a well-to-do family whose lives are turned upside down by a marriage announcement.
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