TODAY | April 28, 2014
>>> if there is any actress on the planet who can appeal to every generation it is dame julie andrews . the oscar and emmy win, no tony? i can't believe it, the legend on the screen and stage for 60 years.
>> it is the collaboration with her daughter emma walton hamilton on a series of best-selling children's books that is captivating a new generation of fans. their latest installment is "the very fairy princess." congratulations, girls.
>> thank you.
>> once again, welcome. once again, it is adorable.
>> so cute.
>> thank you for being here. you can go home now.
>> the ideas just keep coming for this little character, don't they?
>> she's so rich, really.
>> she is. we know her so well now that it is great fun. she is like a member of our family.
>> and they do become like family, they become real.
>> they become family to a whole generation of little children reading them. and that is so -- you have a legacy of all your films which have done that. now to have this with your own daughter.
>> this is such a pleasure.
>> nothing sweeter.
>> i know.
>> how do you work together? how does that work out?
>> we really -- it is very organic process . mostly verbal. i'm the scribe and we brainstorm out loud.
>> yes, we do.
>> over tea.
>> over tea, lots of tea. and the best idea wins. and a lot of respect. so she's more passionate or i'm more passionate about holding on to something, the other one seems to always listen somehow.
>> kind of disappointed it never comes to blows. we want to hear stories like kenya and portia.
>> we have a healthy discussion.
>> what is she like as a mom growing up? was she the disciplinarian?
>> she was firm and there were certainly healthy boundaries. she was very protective of us which was great.
>> you have to.
>> she was very hands on. she was really -- even when she was working long hours, she was always there, making eggs at 5:00 in the morning before we went to school or -- and did you go back to bed after i left for school?
>> i don't remember. maybe went up to have a shower and get ready for the day.
>> what about having a mom who is just so famous and all those different areas?
>> didn't really -- it's what it was.
>> i don't think i really saw it that way. i was aware that this was what she did for a living, but she was just mom.
>> actually the grandchildren have more of a surprise sometimes, don't they?
>> probably, although i think in many ways they're even more used to it because they see themselves on camera all the time these days. everybody has got their cameras --
>> everybody is a star in their own little --
>> the whole theme of the series. everyone is their own --
>> we noticed this morning you're doing issues about self-image and all that, and this little girl , she couldn't fit in more beautifully because it is all about your inner sparkle. and being individual. and what matters.
>> and how unique every --
>> how unique every individual is.
>> had they're little, they want to be like everybody else , don't they? they don't appreciate their uniqueness. this is such an important.
>> somehow it all comes out. in the case of this little girl , my granddaughter, hope, who is -- she is totally unique and individual and they all have their special --
>> you must hear great stories from readers who say my daughter just can't put this down. it must feel good.
>> every child should be reading these books.
>> this book is a favorite or something like that, or --
>> we love it. keep writing. we love you to come back over and over and over.
>> this one is all about graduation and moving on.
>> perfect timing. the second one is in the fall. we'll see you then, okay?
>> i would love it.
>> thank you.