It has been 15 years since Julie Andrews underwent an operation to remove non-cancerous throat nodules. The surgery was botched and permanently limited her singing range and ability to hold notes.
The Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress recently told The Associated Press that her condition has not gotten any better since, but Andrews said she found new creative outlets to express herself.
"The operation that I had left me without a voice and without a certain piece of my vocal chords," Andrews told the wire service recently. She added that she can speak "pretty well" and sing a few bass notes.
She joked, "So if you wanted a rendition of 'Old Man River' you might get it, but I'm not singing as much these days."
Andrews is likely best known for film musicals like "The Sound of Music," ''My Fair Lady" and "Mary Poppins." It was the latter role that won her an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1965. She has gone on to star in films like "The Princess Diaries" and "Victor Victoria."
The 77-year-old actress has sung publicly several times since her surgery and had a brief performance in the 2004 film "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement."
Now Andrews writes and directs plays. Her latest children's book is titled "Little Bo in London: The Ultimate Adventure of Bonnie Boadicea." It's the fourth and final book in the series about a possibly magical ship's cat that travels the world with the man who rescued her. It's the 27th book she's co-written with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.
The actress is also directing a musical theater adaptation of another of her books, "The Great American Mousical." The show is about a troop of acting mice living beneath the floors of a famous Broadway theater and is being performed at the Goodspeed Theatre in Connecticut.