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Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer Reveal How Their 55-Year-Long Close Friendship Helped Them Forget Their Marriage Struggles

Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer Reveal How Their 55-Year-Long Close Friendship Helped Them Forget Their Marriage Struggles

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer are celebrating 55 years of friendship. They starred in the movie, The Sound Of Music years ago but are still great friends.

The 1965 movie, The Sound of Music is still one of the most loved American films. The movie and its beautiful songs captured the hearts of millions at the time and won several awards. However, the movie also brought together Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

The film not only boosted their career in Hollywood but it also gave rise to an eternal friendship that remains strong even today. The two met each other for the first time at the set of the classic movie, according to Variety. Plummer was an accomplished stage actor at the time and Andrews had already made several Broadway appearances. At first, Andrews was intimidated by her co-star. Talking to Vanity Fair, she said, "He was such a hugely great actor that when he was cast in Sound of Music all I could think was, How will I ever live up to that? But we had a very good time. We never had a crossword, nothing."

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Kevin Winter)

However, that did not hold them back from becoming friends. At the time of filming the movie, both of them were dealing with problems in their marriage. “Truthfully, I was not terribly happy at the time. I was quite lonely. Tony was working, and our marriage was a little rocky, my first husband,” stated Andrews, according to ABC News.

Andrews added she buried her pain by focusing on her then 2-year-old daughter Emma. “I did have Emma, but I was so busy. I mean, I literally was almost in every shot, just about,” recalled the 84-year-old.

Meanwhile, Plummer too, was faced with similar marital troubles. The actor went out every night playing the piano and drinking just to forget his troubles. With both the actors facing their own set of personal problems, the two became close.

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Kevin Winter)

There was an instant connection between Plummer, who played Captain von Trapp, and Andrews who played the nun Maria. Their friendship did not have an expiry date and continued despite the ending of their movie production. Looking back Andrews admits, their bond did not amount to anything other than true friendship.

She said, "We were never an item, as they say. But now we are the best of friends. We became the best of friends, and that's lovely... probably because we weren't an item,” according to ABC News.

However, the two spilled a secret after decades of releasing the film. The former co-stars said that they did have a crush on each other during the movie. “[We] should have ended up together. We should have had a huge smashing affair. But there was no time because she had her children with her, which was most inconvenient,” said the 90-year-old actor, according to ABC News. 

References: 

https://variety.com/2015/scene/vpage/julie-andrews-and-christopher-plummer-reflect-at-the-sound-of-musics-50th-anniversary-1201461760/
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/02/sound-of-music-julie-andrews-christopher-plummer-50-anniversary?utm_medium=social&utm_social-type=owned&mbid=social_facebook&utm_source=facebook&utm_brand=vf&fbclid=IwAR2dHPicu7AXIs0o-O5_WMo7EUUfdB_3qapF3WFH8Vf7JSfOSdh7VcHkj24
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/julie-andrews-dated-sound-music-star-christopher-plummer/story?id=29673953