The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced today that they will honor East Ender and Oscar-winning actress Julie Andrews with a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the festival’s 25th anniversary. The 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 5–9, 2017.
A screen and stage legend, Andrews will be the recipient of this year’s HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award. Well known for her defining roles on stage in My Fair Lady and Camelot, and her classic screen performances in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, the multi-talented and award winning actress is a Kennedy Center Honoree (2001), a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a bestselling author of over 30 children’s books as well as the first installment of her autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (2008) and is now working on the companion sequel. Andrews just completed directing a hugely successful revival of My Fair Lady which is currently touring though Australia, and is the co-creator and star of Julie’s Greenroom, a newly released series on Netflix which teaches young children about the theater and the arts.
“Julie Andrews is a true icon and captured the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike the moment she first appeared on screen in Mary Poppins,” said HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin in a press release. “Since then she has never ceased to amaze and stands as a true role model and inspiration. We are proud to honor her at the festival and celebrate her incredible career.”
HIFF and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will co-present a special screening of Victor Victoria on Saturday, October 7 in East Hampton. The film, which stars Andrews, won the Oscar for Best Original Musical and Best Original Song Score. Andrews will participate in a post screening conversation with Baldwin and a special award presentation with special guests.
“We are thrilled to honor Julie Andrews, whose incredible and diverse career speaks for itself,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “We look forward to celebrating the milestone of our 25th anniversary, and welcoming back The Academy for this special celebration.”