World-renowned Academy Award winning actress Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton have won a Grammy Award for “Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies” (Hachette Audio) in the category Best Spoken Word Album for Children. Andrews also received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. Andrews and Walton Hamilton will be honored at this year’s Stars of Stony Brook Gala on Monday, April 4, at Pier Sixty in New York City.
A faculty member at Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Writing and Literature Program, Walton Hamilton is the Director of the annual Children’s Literature Conference, Executive Director of the Young American Writers Project in area schools, and Co-Director of the Southampton Playwriting Conference. As the Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection publishing program, she is dedicated to publishing quality books for young readers and has co-authored 20 children’s books with her mother. In addition, Walton Hamilton is the creator and host of the Children’s Book Hub online writer’s salon.
Andrews is one of the most recognized figures in the entertainment industry. Best known for the iconic films “The Sound of Music,” “Mary Poppins” (for which she won both an Academy Award and a Grammy Award), “My Fair Lady,” and “Victor Victoria,” her legendary career encompasses theater, film, television, the recording industry and children’s publishing. Among her numerous career highlights, she was nominated for Broadway’s Best Actress (Musical) Tony Award three times: in 1957 for “My Fair Lady,” in 1961 for “Camelot,” Cand in 1996 for “Victor/Victoria,” she was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001 and received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Andrews was named a Dame by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on the Millennium New Year’s Honors List on December 31, 1999.
Stars of Stony Brook Gala
In addition to raising money to support scholarship programs, this year’s Gala will benefit the Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital. Your support of the Stars of Stony Brook Gala will have a direct impact on young patients and their families as they look to us—the only university-based children’s hospital on Long Island—for state-of-the-art technology and world-class specialty physicians, nurses, and researchers.