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'No hope' for Dame Julie's voice
Dame Julie Andrews
Dame Julie Andrews "sung-spoke" in Princess Diaries 2
Actress Dame Julie Andrews says she has no hope of her voice returning - even though she has sung in a film for the first time in seven years.

The 68-year-old's star's voice was ruined by a routine operation on her throat in 1997.

But even though she has a singing role in Princess Diaries 2, the actress says she was "sing-speaking" for the part.

"I'm not really going to be singing again, I don't think, sadly," she told Michael Parkinson's ITV1 chat show.

Dame Julie had been hoping a pioneering operation to implant new vocal cords, currently being tested on cancer patients, would help restore her voice.

But she told Parkinson - in an interview screened on Saturday - that by the time the technique is perfected, it will be too late for her.

"I don't think I'll be around by then," she said.

"There's all kinds of talk, but if you think about it I have a piece of cord missing and so can you imagine putting into a vocal cord exactly what vibrates correctly, what is smooth.

"I'd do it like a shot if it was ready, but it's not going to be ready for a very long time."

Of her singing role in Princess Diaries 2, she said: "I try the smallest, smallest amount of a song, but I kind of sing as much as Rex Harrison used to do [in My Fair Lady].

"I don't want people to think I'm making a big comeback or anything like that."

However, she said was trying to keep a positive outlook on life.

"I've never been busier and I must say life is very good right now," she said.

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