Julie Andrews' messed up childhood

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Actress Julie Andrews has written a book about her life and the story she tells is not a pretty one. In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Andrews shares her memories of growing up in England with her mother, Barbara, and her stepfather, Ted Wells. The most disturbing revelation is that her stepfather, the man she called "Pop", was a child molester and Andrews was his victim.

I won't go into the details of just how he abused her because it is heartbreaking and disturbing. You can read excerpts of the book here. Suffice it to say that as a young girl, Julie Andrews suffered terribly at the hands of a man who was supposed to be her protector.

And for Andrews, the heartbreak doesn't end with the abuse from Ted Wells. Growing up, she was told that Wells was her biological father, when in fact he was not. At the age of fourteen, she learned that she was the product of an affair. "That simply knocked me sideways," says Julie.

Andrews' mother did eventually divorce Ted Wells, but it isn't clear from these excerpts how much - if anything - she knew about what her husband was doing to her daughter. As for deceiving Andrews' about her father's true identity, I think her mother made a huge mistake. I understand the desire to do that, but in my opinion, every person has a right to know the truth about where they came from.

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