Our thoughts and prayers are with the beloved star Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is most known for her performances in the strong female roles Maria Von Trapp and Mary Poppins in the two classic films Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Her well-known singing voice, however, was jeopardized when she discovered a cyst in her vocal cord. Since the operation, her voice has not sounded the same.

After doctors were amazed by her amazing four-octave vocal range and an almost “adult larynx” when she was only a child, Dame Andrews was devastated to find that she needed surgery to remove a benign tumor. The singer’s operation also affected her mental health; she felt it was just a “regular treatment” after experiencing voice problems while performing on Broadway in 1997.