Julie Andrews, best known for her roles in “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music” announced recently on Oprah that she has had trouble singing after she had an operation in 1997 to remove a cyst on one of her vocal chords.
[My] voice sounds like it’s chalk on a blackboard when I sing certain notes. There is no cure for what I have. I have about six good low, low notes and I can sing the he** out of Old Man River, if you really want me to. Tissue was removed and I didn’t have cancer, I didn’t have nodules, I didn’t have anything. Sadly, it was not a successful operation. I had to work and deal with the loss of the voice because it doesn’t come back.
The throat operation was the result of being overworked on Broadway, performing on stage for 20 months rather than the 11 she had planned on at the time.
We’re so sad to hear this!