TODAY | April 28, 2014
>>> the legendary julie andrews has captivated audiences for more than five decades. can you believe this august marks the 50th anniversary of her oscar-winning performance in " mary poppins ." she is also, of course, a successful author, collaborating with her daughter emma walton hamilton on a series of children's books. the latest, "the very fairy princess graduation girl." nice to see you.
>> nice to see you, too.
>> you two are prolific. this is the eighth book in in particular series.
>> that's right. and our 28th together, if you can believe it.
>> i'm always amazed by this, because this is a mother-daughter collaboration that really works. why do you think it works, julie?
>> because i think we -- i have to say this. we have a huge respect for each other. and the best idea wins. and it's such a pleasure. it's like playing in a wonderful sand box . there's a lot of work and research from other projects. but it's just fun, isn't it?
>> it is. and it's such a pleasure to write for kids. it's such a wonderfully inspiring sort of mission-driven thing to do together.
>> now this book has to do with graduation day .
>> moving on.
>> the larger theme is change, something that everybody can understand.
>> yes. and how little girls have to embrace that, too. you know, when they graduate.
>> the main character is loosely based on your daughter emma.
>> she is inspired by my hope.
>> she's 10 now?
>> she'll be 11 in august.
>> how does she feel about being the star of these books?
>> i think she loves being the inspiration for it.
>> she's actually very helpful.
>> she is. she's our best critic.
>> yes, she's our toughest critic, and she's also great with a couple of suggestions once in a while .
>> she's our first reader always.
>> is she changing story lines ever?
>> this particular story, i should mention, was inspired very much by her experience when she was moving into a new class and had her first male teacher in elementary school . and she was a little nervous about that. of course, it turned out brilliantly. he was the best teacher ever.
>> we mentioned at the beginning, julie, 50 years since " mary poppins " coming up this fall.
>> i know. and very shortly, "the sound of music ."
>> when you think about that, do you ever reflect and say what would i tell the julie andrews of 1964 now? what would i tell that young lady ?
>> oh, god. well, first of all, i wish i knew then what i know now. but having said that, i'd say enjoy the moment. but i did anyway. it's just with more realization now. and i do enjoy the moments. and i do -- every day matters. and i think i got it even then.
>> it flies by, doesn't it?
>> well, it does. and that's the whole point. because it goes by so fast. and enjoy the moment.
>> you're out on a speaking tour this summer in the uk.
>> yes, i am.
>> i love it because people get to ask you questions. i have personally -- you've been here a few times, how people respond to you. how excited they are to see you. you ever get any real crazy questions from people?
>> one or two really crazy ones. but mostly, they're all family-based and things like what would i tell somebody that wanted to be in the theatre and so on. and a lot of them i'm used to. but one or two that cut across surprise me sometimes.
>> i heard someone asked if you would be their nanny, which good for them for having a little moxy.
>> i say that with nine grandchildren, i'm pretty booked up right now.
>> yes, you are. with a lot of different things, including, of course, the book. "the very fairy princess graduation girl." always great to see you, ladies.