It’s the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music.’’
Lady Ga Ga dropped her goofball act for a few minutes during the Academy Awards to pay loving tribute to “Sound of Music” star Julie Andrews, a.k.a. Dame Julie Andrews, and later, the Dame received some more warmth from the academy.
There are stories and TV specials galore about the iconic film because of its half-century status.
Andrews’ role as Maria Von Trapp and her title role in the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins” launched her into a superstar and she became identified with an aura of goodness and wholesomeness.
But in 1981, she was in a forgettable movie called “S.O.B.’’
Her husband, Blake Edwards, directed it. It was a satire about the movie world. I was in college at the time and thought it would be a smart movie to see.
And toward the end of the film, we get to see a topless scene with…Dame Julie Andrews.
There are just some things that don’t seem right.
You don’t want the Pope getting a DUI.
You don’t want to hear Mother Theresa swearing and seeing her spit on a homeless guy.
And you most certainly don’t want to see what pops out of Mary Poppins’ bra.
It’s just not right.
Andrews wanted to shed her squeaky-clean image. I thought it was a poor career choice, right up there with Florence Henderson – a.k.a. Carol Brady – playing a drunken hooker in “Shakes the Clown.’’
Andrews’ cupcake show ranks 24th in the “25 Grossest Nude Scenes in Movies” by complex.com. No. 1, by the way, is Kathy Bates skinny dipping in a hot tub in the 2002 film “About Schmidt.” I didn’t see that one, but it must be bad because it is five spots ahead of the grossest scene I’ve ever seen and that’s Borat wrestling with hefty manager.
But I digress.
Some actors and actresses do nude scenes before they make it big and a few of them actually regret it. This is a case where the Dame sounded like she was regretting the pure image that made her millions. So at age 45, she showed her spoonfulls of sugar. Luckily, it didn’t catch on.
While I still think it was a horrible career move, the 79-year-old can laugh it off and, darn it, I was laughing along with her. Last year, she appeared on the BBC’s “Graham Norton Show” and when she was asked if people tried to talk her out of it because she is Julie Andrews and she poo-pooed it and changed direction by adding “It can be cold in the studio.’’
One of the other guests on the show was Jonah Hill, who knows a little something about nudity in films as he was a star in “The Wolf of Wall Street.’’ They all had a bunch of laughs.
Maybe I’m making too big of a deal out of this, but it just doesn’t seem right that Dame Julie showed her that her hills were alive in a major motion picture.
Now, let’s get back to Florence Henderson and “Shakes the Clown”...