Julie Andrews on holiday showings of her movie classics: 'Who's luckier than me?'

julie-andrews-sound-of-music-325.jpg Julie Andrews has no designs on replacing Santa Claus as a symbol of the holiday season, but she's giving him a good race anyway.

That's reaffirmed by the veteran talent's current television appearances. This weekend alone, she'll be present vocally in "Shrek 2" on MoreMax (Friday, Nov. 30) and "Shrek Forever After" on FX (Saturday, Dec. 1), and she'll be both seen and heard in "Eloise at Christmastime" on Hallmark Channel (Sunday, Dec. 2).

And that's hardly all: ABC Family ran Andrews' Oscar-winning performance in Disney's "Mary Poppins" over Thanksgiving weekend, and the channel also will feature her voice in the animated "Despicable Me" (Saturday, Dec. 8) and her presence in the two "Princess Diaries" movies (Friday, Dec. 28). And ABC again airs her much-beloved work in "The Sound of Music" Sunday, Dec. 23.

"I'm sort of pasted all over the place," Andrews tells Zap2it with a hearty laugh. "I must say, the mailbox does fill up a little bit more than usual from those kinds of events, but who's luckier than me? I am aware of how very fortunate I am.

"What a joy it was to be a part of things that have given so much joy to others. Really, my reaction is that I'm the lucky girl that was asked to do those movies. That's where serendipity and sweet people and giants of the profession all come together. I have been really, really blessed in my career, and I couldn't be more grateful."

Andrews takes special pleasure in the "Princess Diaries" films having a holiday TV showcase. "About 40 years later, I returned to the Disney fold, so to speak. And lovely Anne Hathaway [who also starred in those movies] is in 'Les Miserables' this Christmas, and it's going to be wonderful."

Beyond the telecasts of so many of her movies, Andrews will wrap up the holidays on the home screen again. Currently directing a stage version of her children's book "The Great American Mousical" (co-written by her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton) at Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House, she'll soon be back in Austria, as the now-traditional host of the PBS "Great Performances" concert by the Vienna Philharmonic on New Year's Day.

Still more activities await Andrews, too. Besides promoting "Little Bo in London," her final book in a children's series (also written with daughter Emma), she reports, "I'm now a very proud board member of the L.A. Philharmonic, and I'm doing something for them on Dec. 22. Then I shoot back on the 23rd to Long Island to celebrate Christmas, and then I head off to Vienna. And I love it. It's all stimulating and thrilling."

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