Julie Andrews is simply magical. She captured our hearts in “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins”, and so far her incredible career has earned her the Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy, People’s Choice and Golden Globe Awards. What many don’t know is Julie Andrews worked with her husband, Director Blake Edwards, for 41 years until he passed away in 2010. On The Gene & Julie Show, Julie shared some insight on what it took to find long term success in her Working Couple marriage:
Gene Gates: You’ve done a lot of work with your husband, right?
Julie Andrews: Yes, well we were married 41 years, how long have you guys been together?
Gene Gates: 16 years, we’ve got a way to go.
Julie Andrews: I’m glad you came through there, Gene. (laughs)
Julie Gates: So, what’s the secret to a successful marriage?
Julie Andrews: Very simple, take it one day at a time. One day at a time. Don’t think about the long haul, think about making it work every day, and believe it or not, it worked beautifully for us.
Gene Gates: How does that make it better, Julie?
Julie Andrews: That way you don’t have any preconceived notions or fantasies about the way it’s going to be one day, you deal with the way it is today. And whatever the issues are, you get through them and that’s another day. And the days do add up… we were staggered. But that’s what we vowed to do and it worked for us.
Julie Gates: Oh, I think that’s brilliant advice because you’re not putting expectations on anything.
Julie Andrews: That’s right. One always obviously has hopes and expectations when you get married, but just one day at a time make it work.
Gene Gates: And was your relationship any different at work versus at home?
Julie Andrews: Only in that I think Blake felt that I knew exactly what he wanted when sometimes I kept thinking, “Excuse me, can I just ask a question here?” I’m waiting to be guided as I would by any director, but he always assumed that I’d know what he wanted.
Julie Gates: He assumed you could read his mind… well you could, you were his wife!
Julie Andrews: It was great because we could talk shorthand… it was lovely.
We think Julie’s tip on taking marriage one day at a time is incredible advice. Live in the moment. Tackle each obstacle as it comes. Don’t fret about the future. She has a lot of wisdom and we’re delighted she shared it with us!
Gene & Julie
Founders, Working Couple Network
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