Julie Andrews reveals she and the child actors from The Sound of Music still stay in touch: 'We just bonded so hard that I think we're family'

Julie Andrews has remained at the heart of her The Sound of Music family.

In an interview on the Today show, the 86-year-old actress was questioned about why she and the young actors who played the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music had remained close. 

'We do keep in touch, but not on a really regular basis, I mean, Christmases, maybe birthdays and certainly get-togethers, but we just bonded so hard that I think we're family anyway.'

Family: Julie Andrews has remained  close to  her The Sound of Music family.  'We do keep in touch... Christmases, maybe birthdays and certainly get-togethers, but we just bonded so hard that I think we're family anyway'

Family: Julie Andrews has remained  close to  her The Sound of Music family.  'We do keep in touch... Christmases, maybe birthdays and certainly get-togethers, but we just bonded so hard that I think we're family anyway'

That was certainly brought to bear recently when the five surviving actors took time out from their busy lives to attend the Los Angeles ceremony honoring the actress with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute earlier this month. 

Julie starred as Maria, a novice nun who was sent to be a governess to the Von Trapp children, but ended up becoming their stepmother, in the classic musical.

Cast members Nicholas Hammond, 72, Duane Chase, 71, Angela Cartwright, 69, Debbie Turner, 65 and Kym Karath, 63 all have fond memories of their time on the set. 

Telling all: In an interview on the Today show, the 86-year-old actress was questioned about why she and the young actors who played the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music had remained close

Telling all: In an interview on the Today show, the 86-year-old actress was questioned about why she and the young actors who played the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music had remained close

The actresses who played Liesl and Louisa have passed away. 

Charmian Carr died in 2016 from a rare form of dementia and Heather Menzies-Urich passed away after a battle with cancer in 2017. 

Highlights of working on the film include not only bonding with the children and 'Working with dear Chris Plummer, whom I adored. We were friends for years.'  

The Oscar winner, who starred as the formidable Captain Von Trapp, passed away in February 2021 at the age of 91. 

Together again:  The five surviving actors who starred as the Von Trapp children in the Oscar winning film took time out of their busy lives to honor her when she received her AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in June

Together again:  The five surviving actors who starred as the Von Trapp children in the Oscar winning film took time out of their busy lives to honor her when she received her AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in June

In accepting her award at the June 9 ceremony, the ever gracious Oscar winner thanked not only her co-stars but the crew members who make each production possible. 

'This night reminds me with great clarity how many people are involved with making movies. What a huge collaborative effort it takes to bring film to the screen.'

Julie's voice will be on the big screen as Gru's mother in Minions: The Rise of Gru, and she can also be heard as the voice of Lady Whistledown in seasons one and two of Bridgerton on Netflix. 

Voice work: The Julie's Greenroom star has been doing a lot of off camera work lately, providing the voice of Gru's mother, Marlena, and on Bridgerton as the voice of Lady Whistledown

Voice work: The Julie's Greenroom star has been doing a lot of off camera work lately, providing the voice of Gru's mother, Marlena, and on Bridgerton as the voice of Lady Whistledown 

The Julie's Greenroom star said she doesn't have time to rest on her laurels. 'I'm a busy mum and I'm very busy writing with my daughter that writes books with me and we've done so many.' 

The best selling author and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, 59, have published 36 books to date with more to come. 

'We've got three more coming out in the next year. One's coming out in the fall, actually,' she said. 

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Julie Andrews says she and children from The Sound of Music are in touch: 'we just bonded so hard'

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