Ernie Manouse, Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton

From left: Ernie Manouse, Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton

HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) - Oscar-winning actress, singer and author Julie Andrews and her co-author/daughter Emma Walton Hamilton were the featured guests of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s Ladies for Literacy Guild luncheon on Friday.

They spoke to an audience of nearly 800 people in a conversation moderated by Houston Public Media host Ernie Manouse. The event took place at the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.

The backdrop for the stage was a hand-painted scene from Mary Poppins. The 80 guest tables were dressed in light and royal blue linens with floral centerpieces, and a copy of Julie Andrew’s new biography “Home Work – A Memoir of My Hollywood Years” was placed on every chair.

The conversation with Andrews and Hamilton, moderated by Manouse, spanned a variety of topics including Andrews’ worldly-recognized entertainment career, her family life and relationships. The mother-daughter duo kept the crowd entertained with sharing personal experiences from Andrews’ career, as well as the time they spent together writing more than 30 bestselling children’s books and Andrews’ new biography, “Home Work – A Memoir of My Hollywood Years.”

“Reading and writing has played an important role in both my professional career and my personal life for many, many years. Through our own books, Emma and I strive to not only entertain readers, but also to inspire them to experience the wonder of life,” Andrews said. “We were so pleased to make Houston the first stop in our book tour and support the cause of literacy, which we are both so passionate about.”

The event raised more than $600,000 to support literacy. 

Below is video of the conversation with Andrews, Hamilton and Manouse. 

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