AceShowbiz - Julie Andrews is to be honoured with the Golden Lion for Career Achievement at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.
"The Sound of Music" star will receive the prestigious prize in recognition of her long-running career during the 76th edition of the Italian festival.
The #GoldenLion for Lifetime Achievement of #BiennaleCinema2019 goes to @JulieAndrews!— Biennale di Venezia (@la_Biennale) March 8, 2019
Star of classic movies beloved all the world over, such as "Mary Poppins", "The Sound of Music" and "Victor Victoria", the great actress will be awarded at #Venezia76 → https://t.co/PSFa713Cbypic.twitter.com/Hpco3GcrEz
"I am so honoured to have been selected as this year's recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement," Andrews said in a statement. "The Venice Film Festival has long been recognised as one of the world's most esteemed international film festivals. I thank the Biennale for this acknowledgement of my work, and I look forward to being in that beautiful city in September for this very special occasion."
Festival director Alberto Barbera, who suggested Andrews for the honour, added, "This Golden Lion is the well-deserved recognition of an extraordinary career, which has admirably parsed popular success with artistic ambition, without ever bowing to facile compromises."
The festival runs between 28 August and 7 September.