HEARTBROKEN Julie Andrews is to join the cast of hit TV show Glee just weeks after the death of her husband of 41 years, film director Blake Edwards.
The Oscar-winning star of Sixties classics Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music will appear early in the New Year as the grandmother of gay student Kurt Hummel, played by Chris Colfer. Producers of Glee hope she will become a regular on the series.
Julie, 75, could be joined by her Princess Diaries co-star Anne Hathaway, 28, who has been offered the role of Kurt’s aunt.
Chris Colfer, 20, said: “This is all supposed to be strictly under wraps but it’s the talk of the entire set. I’m blown away.”
Julie agreed to her role before her husband – who directed the Pink Panther films and Breakfast At Tiffany’s – died of pneumonia on December 15, aged 88. A senior source at Fox Television in Los Angeles said: “We want to write her in as soon as she feels ready. We see her as a grandma who, perhaps, will deliver life lessons to wayward Kurt through wisdom and song.”