Julie Andrews lost her voice in a botched operation in 1997 to remove some non malignant nodules from her vocal chords.
She will sing again in May, although we have been forewarned that her voice will only remain a shadow of its former self.
It is hard to imagine a more untimely blow of fate. To an average person losing their singing voice is to say the least a very unhappy experience. For someone who had such a gorgeous voice and reveled in what she did, it must have been catastrophic. The only other personal disaster that I can think of this magnitude is Jonah Lomu's kidney disease which reduced one of the most devastating players on the rugger field to a cripple.
The only consolation is that the accident happened to Julie Andrews towards the end of her career although Lomu was not so fortunate.
Go for it Julie, we are all with you.
Listen to the 12 year old Julie Andrews sing God Save the King here.