Julie Andrews' four-octave voice ruined by botched throat operation
Julie Andrews, who is famous for her musicals such as 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Sound of Music,' has revealed that her famous voice has been irrevocably damaged by a botched throat operation - done to remove non-cancerous throat nodules in 1997.
The Oscar and Tony Award-winner said that the damage from the operation has permanently limited her range and her ability to hold notes.
"The operation that I had left me without a voice and without a certain piece of my vocal chords," the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
Andrews said that she can still speak "pretty well" and can still hit a few bass notes.
"So if you wanted a rendition of 'Old Man River' you might get it, but I'm not singing as much these days," she said.
Andrews has sung publicly several times since then, including a performance in the 2004 film 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement' and in a 2010 London concert, but called those "speak-singing."