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Dame Julie Andrews: I will miss Tony Walton more than I can say

Dame Julie Andrews has said she will miss her ex-husband Tony Walton “more than I can tell” following the death of the award-winning British director and production designer aged 87.

he Oscar-winning director has a career in film, television and stage spanning five decades and is best known for his work on Broadway in the United States.

His death was announced on its official website on Wednesday.

Walton and Dame Julie, who were children’s favorites, married in 1959 but remained friends after their 1968 divorce.

He was a titan of the arts. A doting father and husband… and loved beyond measureLady Julie Andrews

In a statement, Dame Julie called Walton a “titan of the arts”.

She said: “Tony (Walton) was my dearest and oldest friend. He taught me to see the world with fresh eyes and his talent was simply monumental. I will miss him more than I can say.

“We are a large, blended family, and while we remain close, we are comforted in the knowledge that he lives on, not only in his children and grandchildren, but in the memories of thousands who have treasured his warmth and generosity and the glorious gifts, that he had treasured and gave us… theater and film, ballet and opera, graphics and illustration.

“He was a titan of the arts. A doting father and husband… and loved beyond measure.”

Walton’s film work has included Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express, all of which earned him Oscar nominations.

In 1979 he won the Academy Award for Best Artistic Direction for Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz.

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He has also been honored with 16 Tony Awards and won an Emmy for Outstanding Artistic Direction for a Miniseries or a Movie in 1985 for his work on Death of a Salesman.

Among those paying tribute to Walton was Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin, who wrote, “My friend Tony left us.

“He conducted me in EQUUS at @guild_hall a few years ago. I assume he’s having lunch with Nichols now. plotting

“Rest in peace Tony.”

His stepdaughter Bridget LeRoy paid tribute to “the most fabulous stepfather and man alive”.

“I love you forever Tony Walton. Bon voyage,” she wrote online.

Les Miserables Broadway star and original singing voice of Pocahontas Judy Kuhn said she feels “so lucky” that their paths have crossed.

In a tweet, the 63-year-old added: “Oh Tony Walton. I am so sad to hear of his death. He was so brilliant and so kind. A true gentleman.”

Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley, 74, also paid tribute, tweeting that Walton was “such a lovely person and a brilliant designer.”

Born on October 24, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, England, Walton studied art and design at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

His Broadway designs have included Bob Fosse’s original productions of Chicago and Pippin, The Grand Hotel, Uncle Vanya, Guys and Dolls and Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes.

He was the production designer on Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol for 10 years and on Dame Julie’s 2003 revival of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend.

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Walton and Julie Andrews, who were children’s favorites, married in 1959 but remained friends after their divorce in 1968 (PA Archive)

In 1991 he was elected to the Theater Hall of Fame.

Following news of his death, the Museum of Broadway paid tribute to the “brilliant” designer.

“We mourn the passing of famed designer Tony Walton,” the official account tweeted.

“Tony was a brilliant set and costume designer whose work spanned five decades on Broadway and won three Tony Awards. Rest in peace.”

As a producer, Walton presented six productions – plays and musicals – in London.

His designs for opera have been shown at London’s Theater Royal Covent Garden, Sadler’s Wells Opera Company and throughout Europe and America.

Walton is survived by his wife, author Genevieve LeRoy Walton, their two daughters Emma Walton Hamilton and Bridget LeRoy, and five grandchildren.

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