Dame Julie Andrews has been awarded one of Hollywood’s highest honours – bestowed on one person each year – and had a heart-warming reunion all in the same night.
When the acclaimed actress received the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award in Los Angeles on Thursday, she was surprised with a sweet rendition of ‘Do Re Mi’ from five of the stars who played the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music.
Andrews went on to join Duane Chase (Kurt), Kym Karath (Gretl), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta), and Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) in their performance which marked the first time the cast had performed together in over six decades.
Julie Andrews is surprised by her kids from THE SOUND OF MUSIC and joins them in a sing-a-long of ‘Do-Re-Mi’ to kick off the AFI Life Achievement Award presentation to her — what a beautiful moment! pic.twitter.com/TZYT7UNPhr
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) June 10, 2022
Only Charmian Carr, who played eldest sister Liesel and passed away in 2016, and Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa and died in 2017, were missing.
Prior to receiving her award, Andrews said she was “gobsmacked” to find her career was being honoured in such a way.
“I didn’t know or think that it would ever come,” she said on the red carpet.
“But it’s just as well, because you can’t go around expecting awards and things like that.”
Fans took to social media to share their delight at Andrews’ award and reunion with her castmates, prompting Karath to share an update on what happened after.
— Kym Karath (@KymKarath) June 10, 2022
“Signing our SOM Family Scrapbooks together today, and talking about how magical Julie’s AFI Tribute was last night!” she commented on a video from the performance, sharing a behind-the-scenes look of the five Von Trapps.
All five, along with Andrews, also posed for a formal portrait and shared it on social media.
“So much fun last night at the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award honouring Julie Andrews,” Cartwright captioned the photo on Instagram.
“It was great being with my ‘Sound of Music’ siblings once again. A night of magic and music.”
Image: @angelacartwrightstudio (Instagram)
This article first appeared on OverSixty.