The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s Ladies for Literacy Guild is excited to announce that Oscar-winning actress, singer and author, Julie Andrews, will be featured along with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, at the fourth annual Power of Literacy Luncheon. Chaired by Lilly Andress and Vicki West, Andrews and Hamilton will participate in a moderated conversation as part of the program. The event will take place Friday, October 25 at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown, shining light on the cause former First Lady Barbara Bush championed for nearly 30 years – literacy.
Andrews’ fame spans generations, known for her roles as Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp in the iconic film The Sound of Music, to The Princess Diaries and the voices of ‘Queen Lillian’ in the Shrek movies and Marlene, Gru’s mum in the ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Minion’ franchises. Not only is she an award-winning actress, but she and her daughter, Emma, are international best-selling authors and Grammy winners for “the spoken word’ category. The mother-daughter duo has co-authored more than thirty children’s books, many of which have topped the New York Times best-seller list. Their latest franchise of books together, The Very Fairy Princess, is a 12-book series. The first book rose to No.1 on the New York Times Children’s Best Seller list. Andrews will release the second installment of her biography written with Hamilton, called Home Work - A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, on October 15. The book is a follow-up to her critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir, Home - A Memoir of My Early Years, and picks up her story with her arrival in Hollywood, sharing the career highlights, personal experiences, and reflections behind career.
“Emma and I are pleased to join the Foundation at this spectacular event as part of my world book tour,” said Julie Andrews. “Reading and writing has played a significant part in both my professional career and my personal life for many, many years. Through our writings and stories, Emma and I strive to not only entertain readers, but also to inspire them to dream big in life.”
Since inception, the Ladies for Literacy Guild has raised nearly $1 million through the Power of Literacy Luncheons to fund local literacy initiatives including the 30-foot Curiosity Cruiser mobile library, the creation of children’s libraries in the New Hope Housing – Reed and Mission of Yahweh shelter, as well as family literacy programs at Santa Maria Hostel. The Ladies for Literacy Guild is currently upfitting a second Curiosity Cruiser to serve low income children across Harris County.