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Wildlife Crossings, Online Romance Scams, Author Dr Abraham Verghese

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Hosted by Jane Pauley. In our cover story, Conor Knighton looks at the creation of wildlife crossings to allow animals to safely bypass heavily trafficked roadways. Also: Jim Axelrod investigates a growing epidemic of romance scams by fake dating app profiles; Jane Pauley interviews Julie Andrews and daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, who have teamed up for their 35th children's book; Tracy Smith profiles "The Covenant of Water" author Abraham Verghese; and Mo Rocca sits down with Eddie Redmayne, Gayle Rankin and Bebe Neuwirth, from the cast of a Broadway revival of the classic musical "Cabaret."

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I'm Jane Pauley, and this is Sunday Morning. And to begin, a question. How did the mountain lion get to the other side of the road? Increasingly, the answer to that question, and a plus for all kinds of animals, is there's a bridge or tunnel behind it.

A bridge or tunnel for them to cross safely and uneventfully. This morning will tell you all about a nationwide effort to build critter crossings. But we have more serious fare to share as well. The internet has forever changed the way we look for love. Still, online dating doesn't always lead to happily ever after. Along with the dreamers who do anything for love, there are scammers willing to steal their money or do far worse. CBS News has been investigating this online treachery for months, and this morning from Jim Axelrod, the first in a week-long series of reports. She was looking for love online, but instead found danger lurking.

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But just be grateful for what you have, and my God, I am. Later on Sunday morning, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. Cabaret has returned to Broadway yet again, this time with an Oscar winner leading the cast.

Mo Rocca has a front row seat. When Eddie Redmayne's MC welcomes patrons to his Berlin nightclub, it's an invitation laced with menace. Is he the danger that we should all be on the lookout for? He's those people that we meet in life that are funny buffoon-like characters, and then you suddenly realize that you've just been stabbed by them.

Yeah. Come back to the Cabaret, old chums. Coming up on Sunday morning. Tracy Smith will give us a read on a much talked about novel from doctor and author Abraham Verghese. A story from Steve Hartman and more.

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Yes, they tend to be nocturnal or propuscular, sort of at dawn or dusk. Patty Garvadarta is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. Brian White works for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Together, their two organizations have teamed up to develop a network of critter crossings in Washington. Overpasses and underpasses designed to provide safe passage for wildlife. The fact that you have one here and one here, is that because you've identified both of those areas as areas that animals are likely to cross?

Yes, correct. The crossing project spans 15 miles of I-90 near the Snoqualmie Pass in Washington, flanked by large chunks of what's primarily national forest land. Habitat for all sorts of creatures, great and small. If they're protected on both sides, why does it matter if they're connected?

Because you lose genetic variability and gradually you start getting localized extinction and populations get further and further apart and smaller. Around the country, most animals see a busy highway and turn around. A brave few might try to cross, but they're at risk of getting run over. A wildlife crossing is supposed to make that process far less treacherous.

But there's no guarantee that if you build it, they will come. There's a wildlife corridor sign back there that helps, right? That's how the animals figure it out? They just look at that and they're like, oh, okay, I guess this is the way to go. Miles of fencing along the road funnel animals to crossing points. High concrete walls block headlights and dull the traffic noise. We want to mimic the habitat on either side, native plants and everything, so that animals sort of don't even see the transition.

It worked. In 2023, cameras captured animals using these crossings more than 5,000 times, including mule deer, elk and coyotes. When this project started, was there some other example that you were looking at as a success story to model this after? Well, Banff Canada obviously comes to the top of the list. The section of the Trans-Canada Highway that cuts through Banff National Park has been used as a model for crossings worldwide. Banff's 38 undercrossings and 6 overcrossings have reduced wildlife collisions by 80%. Back in the U.S., there are now around 1,500 wildlife crossing structures in 43 states. In Wyoming, pronghorn run across Highway 191. In Florida, panthers and alligators creep under I-75. They can be subtle. Motorists may have no idea they're driving over moose in Montana or tunnels full of tortoises in Utah.

But it will be hard to miss this crossing. Not far from Los Angeles, they're building the largest wildlife corridor in the country. I really wish it had been the smallest.

I could have gotten years of my life back, you know, trying to help raise the money and the public support. Beth Pratt serves as Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation in California. Once it's completed in late 2025 or early 2026, the Wallace-Annenberg Wildlife Crossing will stretch from more than 200 feet across 10 lanes of the 101 freeway, which can see up to 400,000 vehicles a day. I think that's a real miracle that over one of the busiest freeways in the world, you're going to be driving under it and a mountain lion fox might be walking over or a fence lizard or a ground squirrel may have a family on top. That's a really hopeful project, and we do owe it to P-22. This is P-22, the celebrated mountain lion who roamed around L.A.'s Griffith Park. When he was younger, he somehow made it across two freeways, only to end up a lonely Hollywood bachelor until his death in 2022.

Oh, P-22, all of Los Angeles is gonna miss you. But even for the mountain lions who can find mates, the dates are a little too close to home. Biologists worry the small population here could soon go extinct. It's almost certain that the cats over here that are breeding are related to each other in some way. But somewhere over there, maybe there's a hot new thing. You know, think if you're on Tinder and all the matches you're getting are family members, right?

Why do we have to put that in my head? The crossing, which is estimated to cost $90 million, will expand the dating pool. That's important for all sorts of critters, even ones who aren't as obviously charismatic. Back underneath I-90, Professor Jason Irwin and his team of Central Washington University students are focused on everything from toads to salamanders.

It's fantastic, and it's really been fantastic to work on a project where they appreciate the little guy. There are also human lives at stake. You know, there are parts of the country where traffic safety means installing a new crosswalk at a busy intersection. There are other parts of the country where traffic safety means things like wildlife crossings.

Last year, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a federal grant program awarding a total of $350 million to states looking to build crossings and improve safety. There are approximately one million collisions involving large wildlife on America's roads each year, resulting in some 200 human deaths. If you think about it that way and you think about how many accidents didn't happen, these crossing structures pay for themselves pretty fast. Brian White has already seen a reduction in collisions where the crossings have been built. Fewer road closures mean faster commutes for everyone. This is showing the wildlife collisions incidents that we had along the corridor. This is before we started work, before we had the fence up.

This is what it looks like now. Even though the crossing construction in Los Angeles has meant occasional slowdowns and lane closures, Pratt says the public has been able to stay focused on the benefits down the road. Wildlife crossings are something, it doesn't matter if you're a Republican or a Democrat or what political affiliation. People really support them. I think there's very few people who don't get upset when they see a dead animal on the side of the road.

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Tracey Smith reads the fine print. Dr. Abraham Verghese is vice chair of education at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He's actually an expert in bedside manner, teaching medical students about the importance of the human touch.

Dr. Verghese is all about the power of connection, here and in his other calling. A good story goes beyond what a forgiving God cares to do. It reconciles families and unburdens them of secrets whose bond is stronger than blood. But in their revealing, as in their keeping, secrets can tear a family apart. These words are from the best-selling book, The Covenant of Water, and they're as lush and vibrant as the world they describe.

The book is set between 1900 and 1970 in Kerala, which is a coastal territory in India full of lakes, waterways, lagoons, backwaters. And in every generation in this particular family I focus on, one or more members drowns. The drownings are just one of the mysteries in this family's story of a beloved matriarch, decades of enduring love and tragic deaths that were sometimes excruciating for him to write about. Did it have you in tears? Because I cried reading it. Did you cry writing it? Every time I came to revise certain scenes, no matter how many times I'd done it, it was tough.

It was, you know, losing somebody. The Covenant of Water is a difficult book to describe in a few words. It's even tougher to sum up the life of the author. Abraham Verghese was born in Ethiopia to Indian parents. His mother was a teacher who taught her boys early on the value of education.

Brother George, on the right, is now a professor at MIT. After medical school, Dr. Verghese took a residency in Johnson City, Tennessee in the 80s, where he found a growing number of people with HIV, which at that point in time was fatal. The experience made him want to tell the world about what he saw and the people he met. A lot of their messages were, you know, don't postpone your dreams. It's too short to postpone the things you want to do to others.

One day this might transpire. And so all those things kind of came together at that moment, and I was going to write this book. You had to write this book. I had to write the book.

So, in the winter of 1990, he put his medical practice on hold, cashed in his retirement, and moved his young family to the University of Iowa and their acclaimed writing program. But I tell you, if you do that, it makes you take yourself seriously as a writer. So I could no longer say, I'm dabbling in this stuff. I mean, I was all in. Yeah, you committed.

I was. The resulting book, My Own Country, was a sensation. A subsequent novel, 2009's Cutting for Stone, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list. But his second novel, The Covenant of Water, was closest to his heart. It was inspired by and dedicated to his mother, Mariama, who died in 2016. Yeah, the inspiration was very much my mom and the strong women around my mother, such as her mother-in-law and her mother. You know, these were sort of heroic women who lived quiet lives. The world would never know about their heroism.

The world would never know how much tragedy they went through. The story spans three generations, and there's a lot to keep track of, so he used these whiteboards to keep it all straight. How does this help you form the story?

You know, I think it was really not helpful in the way people imagine, where it was like an architectural plan. I think this was me sort of beginning to see the characters, to visualize them for myself. And after 10 years, he finally got The Covenant of Water published, and then a form of literary lightning struck. Welcome to all the book club members who are watching us on Oprah Daily. I am thrilled for this conversation. Oprah called you to give you a heads-up that she was choosing your book. I hear this beautiful, resonant voice, melodious voice, saying, Hi, this is Oprah. And I stood up, because I have the most tremendous respect for her.

You stood up. I mean, I don't know of anybody else in our culture that has brought more readers to books. This speech goer said she had The Covenant of Water on her TBR list.

Well, I made it easier for her and gave her a copy. Not only did Oprah choose his book, she physically handed out copies of it, and she plans to make it into a movie. And Oprah's not the only big fan.

It was on former President Obama's list of favorite books from 2023. I've been incredibly lucky, I must say. I don't know that I can point to it being all my skills, certainly not. You need a lot of luck when you produce a book. What do you think your mother would make of all of this? I think my mother would be delighted. Our parents are not particularly demonstrative in the things that they say in terms of praise, but I think she would have been very pleased. And if writing is Abraham Verghese opening his heart to the world, the world has answered in kind. That's lovely to meet you.

I love your work. The book stayed on the New York Times bestsellers list for 37 weeks. The story, inspired by his mother, has taken on a life of its own, something even the esteemed doctor finds hard to explain. It's amazing.

It's a bestseller in Italy, South Africa. You know, when I hear these things, I don't know what to say. You know, when I get these pieces of good news coming to me, for example, CBS Sunday Morning is going to be talking to you. It feels beyond me. What do you mean? Well, you know, I did something, but I didn't do the whole thing. It's bigger than you.

It's bigger than me. That's Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli in the classic film version of the musical Cabaret. Mulrachka reports the show's back on Broadway, its message still resonating more than half a century on. In 1966, when the musical Cabaret first appeared on Broadway, audiences were dazzled and disconcerted by the show's depiction of life in early 1930s Berlin. Joel Grey played the emcee of the Kit Kat Club.

He would reprise the role in the Oscar-winning 1972 film version, welcoming patrons to leave your troubles outside. But it's an invitation laced with menace since waiting in the wings is the horror of the Nazi Third Reich. The Cabaret is a place of hope. And I think it's why all of these really extraordinary beings descend on it and how that hope is dashed and broken and sabotaged, destroyed. Is Cabaret a warning? For me, it is.

It shows the hope, the joy, the aspiration, but it shows how progress can be taken from you and we can regress. In the brand new production, renamed Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, opening this weekend on Broadway, Gail Rankin plays funny, flighty, live-for-today singer Sally Bowles, a role immortalized by Liza Minnelli in the movie. I started thinking about Liza the other night and I was like, stop it! Before saying maybe this time, I was like, I honor you, I honor you, I honor you. I have to go on stage now. And a serpentine Eddie Redmayne seduces the crowd as the emcee. And every night beneath where you're standing, I sort of emerge from down here and that iconic drum roll. I stand in the bottom waiting to be rocketed up to the stage and it feels like going to the guillotine.

And then just as it starts to rise, something euphoric happens. Both Rankin and Redmayne have been to the Cabaret before. She, in a supporting role in the 2014 revival starring Alan Cumming, Redmayne an Oscar and Tony winner in the 2021 London staging of this new production. But his connection goes back even farther. You've had a long-term relationship with this show. How old were you? I was about 14 or 15 years old. I was at school and I was cast as the emcee and I'd never listened to Cabaret. So that was my introduction to it and something in that experience struck me. I don't come from a very theatrical family. My parents were always beautifully supportive. But from an early age, I thought, this is what I want to do. My parents were like, OK, but we hear all the statistics about actors being out of work.

And I'll never forget that after they came to see my school production of Cabaret, they were like, go for it. You may have noticed that the three of us are surrounded on all sides by seats. It needs to feel different. It needs to kind of shake us up and take us to a different world. It needs to sort of let us forget where we are and who we are. In a radical reimagining of the August Wilson Theatre, designer Tom Scott ripped out the old stage and added seating to create a nightclub in the round. This is wild.

This correspondent can attest it's a very big deal. This can only happen if you are witnessing other audience members going through the same thing as you, the same feelings that you are. I think the more we can do that, the better.

We were there when the cast saw the reconfigured theatre for the first time. Well, I can literally touch people. This is fantastic. We can come in, we can say hi. We can walk amongst everybody. Even getting to your seat in this production is an experience.

This is what we're calling the vault bar. Rather than enter through the theatre's front doors, denizens of this KitKat club walk in through the side for a show before the show. You get taken into these cavernous bars and you pass performers, musicians, with the idea being that once you enter the theatre, the space we're in now, the theatre proper, you have genuinely left all your travels outside.

You're in Weimar, Germany. They're lulling you into a feeling that makes you understand just how evil the evil is. Lulling. Yeah.

Wow. Two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth plays Fraulein Schneider, the gentile owner of a boarding house who falls in love with a Jewish man. If you brought me diamonds, if you brought me pearls. And then faces a terrible decision.

...like some other gents might cling to other girls. There's darkness and there's light in everything. And in this show there is light and there's horror as well. Why does Cabaret keep coming back? The first answer is the music because it's just glorious.

Maybe this time I'll win. That glorious score is by John Kander and Fred Ebb. It's also sadly timeless because it is also a story about encroaching evil and what do we do in the face of it? Do we recognize it? Do we acknowledge it? Do we fight it? Even in the happiest moments, it's there, right? Yeah, that's right. You can feel it just beyond the theatre's doors.

Just outside there are rumblings. The musical Cabaret turns 58 this year. I'm the only man you'll meet. Original MC Joel Grey recently visited the theatre to celebrate his 92nd birthday and confer his blessing on Eddie Redmayne, Gail Rankin and the rest of the company. They hope to welcome many more patrons to their club. Oh my gosh. Wait until my mum and dad come over. They can't wait. They're so excited. My dad, I remember saying, I spoke to him the other day.

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Here's correspondent Jim Axelrod. She had all these buckets full in her life. My mom did. But there was this one bucket that was missing, and that was a male relationship. Three years after Kelly Gao's father died from cancer, her mother, 57-year-old Laura Kowal, a retired hospital executive, decided she was ready to start dating again. My mom was actually very specific about wanting to do online dating.

It allowed her the opportunity to have more control of what she was looking for in somebody, and it felt safer. After going online, Laura found what she thought was true love on Match.com. She fell hard for a man named Frank.

A self-described Swedish businessman, his profile included this stolen photo. October 4th, 2018, she meets Frank over email. Smart, shrewd, savvy woman, 12 days later, telling someone she's never met, you have my heart forever. Clearly, my mom felt the emotions of feeling loved and having companionship just through email. And I know there's a lot of people out there saying, well, how could that happen?

That's right. This lonely-hearted retiree who sought safety as she started dating fell for a man she never met face to face. Which is why in the summer of 2020, Kelly was relieved that Laura's online romance seemed to have run its course. And I'm calling in regards to your mother, Laura Kowal. Until she received an alarming call from a federal agent.

Who may have been involved in a fraud scam as a victim. I called my mom and I immediately knew there was something legitimate to this. What are you thinking? I knew it had to do with Frank. Kelly rushed to her mom's home in Galena, Illinois. It's not like she had planned to leave or anything.

Yeah. Calling the police when she found the house empty. Effie was just laying on the couch when I got here. Except for her mom's dog, Effie, who never left her side. I just don't know where she would have gone. She started looking for clues, sifting through bank records, and discovering her mom had wired Frank about $1.5 million. Just about everything she had.

I think as I went through and started uncovering this, I just became almost sick at just the depths of all of it. In the last year, 2023, our best estimate is losses in the range of $1.3 billion related to romance scams alone. $1.3 billion. And that represents an increase from about $500 million in 2019.

Arun Rao runs the Consumer Protection Branch at the Department of Justice, which investigates online romance scams. It's been a rapid rate of increase, but we believe that is also substantially undercounting the true extent of the problem. Undercounted because people are wrapped in shame and embarrassment, and so they may not actually go to law enforcement and report it?

That's right. They may be embarrassed that they have been victimized in this way. They may be afraid to tell their friends or family. They come from all walks of life. It's all ages. All education levels? All education levels. Doctors and lawyers to ditch diggers.

Even though retired U.S. Postal Inspector Natalie Rita saw it many times, it never failed to stun her how the heart overruled the head. When you're signing up, there are banners and warning signs that say, don't ever send money to somebody you don't know. Ron wants your money. Don't send it. The person pretending to be Ron is a scammer.

So people run right through the stop sign? Oh, yeah. As Laura drew closer to Frank, her family grew suspicious, and for good reason. As federal agents would eventually discover, Frank's photos were of an unsuspecting Chilean doctor, and his emails would be traced not to Sweden, but here, to Ghana. You need to be very good in building the trust. We spoke to a former scammer who called himself Emmanuel. Actually, you need two things. You need to establish trust, and you need to exploit their hope.

That is it. So when we are able to do that, then we start extracting money from them. Ghana and nearby Nigeria are home to thousands of scammers operating with impunity. They're called yahoo boys by religious leaders who seem to condone their crimes. Yahoo boys, yahoo girls, yahoo man, yahoo woman are going to make heaven. Emmanuel describes sophisticated teams with specialists who could impersonate accents and harness technology to mask their location. How hard was it for you to set up a fake profile on the sites like Match.com?

It is easy. In a 2019 lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission alleged that as many as 25 to 30 percent of Match.com members who register each day were using Match.com to perpetrate scams. 25 to 30 percent. Match Group told us in a statement, we believe the FTC allegations have no merit. Mr. Kim, how are you?

Hi, how are you? Good, Jim Axelrod from CBS News. After six months of asking Match.com's parent company to discuss this, we finally approached Bernard Kim, the CEO of Match Group, the largest online dating company, which operates apps including Hinge, OkCupid and Tinder. We've been talking to a bunch of scammers and they say they're having absolutely no problem setting up fake profiles.

We're working really, really hard every single day to make sure that people are authentic. I was talking to the head of Match.com, the man who runs it, and he said to me, making sure people don't get scammed, that's our top priority. I think maybe he's not aware of what is really going on on Match.com. Maybe he might think he had that security on Match.com, but people have their way around it. It's easy to get around it.

So easy to go around it. Match Group says it spends $125 million annually on trust and safety. Prosecutors do pursue cases against the scammers when they can find them. In Laura Kowal's case, they trace some of the money she sent to scammers to three people in Chicago who have been charged with wire fraud, including this woman, an American military veteran and postal worker named Jennifer Gosha.

I thought we were in a relationship, and I thought we were going to build together and have a life together, and it turned out that wasn't the case. Gosha pleaded not guilty and told us she's not a criminal, but a victim who was coerced into helping Laura's scammers, saying the Nigerian co-conspirator she was dating used her to help launder money scammed from others. Do you ever think to yourself, I played a part in someone's life being ruined? I have thought that many, many times, and I didn't play a part in it knowingly. If convicted, Gosha could face up to 30 years in prison. She claims she didn't make a single penny from any alleged scam.

I am not someone who decides at 52 years old, after all I've accomplished in my life, now I'm going to become a criminal mastermind. Kelly spent weeks reading hundreds of emails between her mother and Frank as she untangled their relationship. And just like Jennifer Gosha's claims about the man she was dating, Frank had started teaching Laura how to help him move money. It's a harrowing new twist to online romance scams. Laura Kowal was now an accomplice, becoming what law enforcement calls a money mule. They go and they open bank accounts at financial institutions. Most of the time, the wire transfers into the bank accounts are the proceeds from other romance fraud victims. James Barnicle, the head of the Financial Crimes Division of the FBI, says this is next level victim exploitation. They're committing a crime at that point, so they've opened a bank account illegally under false pretenses.

That's bank fraud. Laura went so far as to set up fake dating profiles that ensnared more victims. There were some emails where she said, I'm not comfortable doing this, saying that she's uneasy about this. It just really saddens me that it got to that point that ultimately she was participating in illegal behaviors. Oh, I love you, honey. With her mom still missing, Kelly found one more clue, a haunting note. Kelly, you have kept me going this long. I love you.

You are right in your judgment of me. I've been living a double life this past year. It has left me broke and broken.

Yes, it involves Frank. I tried to stop this many times, but I knew I would end up dead. Two days after she disappeared, Laura was found dead in the Mississippi River, almost 250 miles from her home. Kelly has spent the last three years desperately trying to find out just what happened to her mother, retracing the last hours of Laura's life from Illinois to Iowa to Missouri. My heart is just extremely heavy that she died this way and this is where she was found. Laura's death was ruled a drowning, not a suicide. Kelly thinks about her mom's last note and believes she was killed.

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And if you need proof, here's our Steve Hartman. A lot of kids in America want to run a lemonade stand, but not many feel like they have to. Seven-year-old Emery Johnson started her business a few weeks ago after a terrible nightmare morning. I woke up with the worst news of my life. Emery's mother, Carly, died unexpectedly at the age of 29. She was a single mom and Emery's everything. We're going to see mommy. Which is why she couldn't understand first time she went to the cemetery with her grandmother, Jennifer, why everyone else got giant granite headstones. But her mom, just this tiny metal one. Did that bother you?

Why? Because it felt like she was being left out. Her grandma tried to explain how they couldn't afford a headstone right now. She had tears in her eyes and wanted to help. So she did the only thing that she could think of to raise money.

Yes. A metal lemonade stand. A lemonade stand to pay for her mother's headstone.

At first, she didn't make mention of her cause. Thank you. But word got out.

Thank you. And before long, Emery says it seemed like just about everyone here in Scottsboro, Alabama, was thirsty for lemonade. The price was a dollar, but she says people liked it so much. How many cups do you want? They often paid more.

Thank you. The most that we got for one cup of lemonade was 300 bucks. For lemonade? Yeah, for one cup.

Whoa! So far, Emery's lemonade stand has raised more than $15,000, which will all go into savings because a monument company is now donating the headstone. But more importantly, Emery has taken that lemon life handed her and squeezed out hope. Her comment was when all these people came, she couldn't believe so many people cared for and loved her mommy. They always say it takes a village to raise a child, but sometimes it also takes a village to mourn a mom.

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Hyundai. There's joy in every journey. All these years later, at age 88, she's neither lost track of where she came from nor where she's going. Mary Poppins was Julie Andrews' first film. Her second was The Sound of Music. If she had never made another movie, she might still be one of Hollywood's most endearing and beloved stars.

And generation after generation would still be singing along. Though that was just the beginning of a career literally in its eighth decade, it's a very good place to start. Because now Julie Andrews is a writer of children's books with co-author and daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. Their latest is a story of the theater from the perspective of a duck. Mr. And Mrs. Puddle Duck were expecting their first clutch of eggs. Waiting in the Wings, your latest book, is a true story?

Yes. Some years ago, here at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, we happened to notice that a pair of ducks were nesting in a planter in our courtyard out front. Soon, an altogether different sound filled the air. A pleasant, melodious one coming from inside the building. And of course, our ducks in the book are theatrical ducks, very much so. They hear music.

Well, one of them is. Mr. Puddle Duck, in our version of the story, sneaks into the theater. Waiting in the Wings is the 35th book by this prolific partnership, a collaboration that has given Julie Andrews a new voice. Thirty years ago, a surgical procedure went horribly wrong, destroyed her famous soprano, and took her identity. One day, I was bemoaning my fate and missing very much the fact that I couldn't sing because the surgery went awry and took away my ability to do what I love to do. And so, I was bemoaning my fate to Emma, and she said, oh, Mom, you've just found another way of sharing your voice. And I tell you, it hit me so hard what she said, and I've never really bemoaned it since.

It's sounding a lot like a younger Julie Andrews. When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window. And there are some other intriguing parallels. Both Maria and Mary Poppins must win over skeptical children. They are all about fun, but not all about fun. They are sly teachers. They are optimists.

Yes, they are. But they recognize that children have real problems. You're absolutely right, and I think we don't talk down to them. No, we don't talk down to kids. We don't.

We try to bring them up so that you don't condescend in any way. She's loved books since she was a child. Though born in 1935, her childhood memories include air raid sirens and running for cover during the Blitz, the German bombing of London during World War II. Her parents had already split up. It was her stepfather who discovered her voice.

A nine-year-old soprano with an astonishing four-octave range. And little Julie became part of her parents' musical act on the vaudeville circuit. Before long, she was supporting the family. You were paying the mortgage. Yes, I was eventually, yes. As a teenager.

Yes. The family mortgage. Well, we needed cash dreadfully. So eventually, when I was about 15, I went out on my own all around England, around and around and around. But with the responsibility that your family needed a roof over their head and it was your job to do it. Well, I was part of the family trying to do it, but eventually it was just me because my stepfather was an alcoholic, sadly. So all that work and all that training, very serious training, you weren't reaching for the stars. No, in fact, doubting that I ever would. I mean, I was doing it because it helped and I had to. In my teens, I would think, what is all this for?

Where is it going to lead? And then suddenly the world broke open. At 19, she was cast as the lead in a Broadway show. A 10-year veteran of the stage and a trained vocalist, but she was not quite ready. I didn't have acting lessons or anything like that. I picked it up and learned and people are very kind and, you know, they don't hurt puppies, actually, if you know what I'm saying. And I was a puppy and I didn't know what the heck I was doing, but I learned and was grateful for all of the teaching that I got. I could have danced all night. Still a newcomer, at 20, she created the role of Eliza Doolittle opposite veteran Rex Harrison in Lerner and Loewe's 1956 smash hit, My Fair Lady.

In my own little corner. The following year, she starred in a CBS production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on television. 100 million Americans saw Julie Andrews for the first time.

In 1960, she was Guinevere to Richard Burton's King Arthur in Camelot. But when Walt Disney was in the audience one night, he saw his Mary Poppins. Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cheery, when you're with a sweep, you're in glad company. It was an Academy Award-winning performance in her very first motion picture. Oh, this is lovely.

I know you Americans are famous for your hospitality, but this is really ridiculous. She still radiates grace and gratitude, but in the very British tradition of getting on with things. I just feel most of my life that I've been so very, very fortunate to have the identity of a singing voice, to have the opportunities to learn about how to be on stage or film or whatever. You were very fortunate and you were also very unfortunate in some ways.

Growing up in the war with alcoholic parents and being put to work at a very young age and being essentially robbed of a childhood. Feeling needed and vital and valuable too, yeah. But her mantra has always been, are we lucky or what? I think whether or not it's true, it is the thing that got you through. Perhaps I had a wicked child When Maria in The Sound of Music, she's fallen in love and he's in love and she sings the song that includes a line. So somewhere in my youth In my youth and childhood I must have done something good I must have done something good Well, somebody must have because I got so damn fortunate. Are we lucky or what?

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Listen to Mobituaries with Mo Rocca on the I Heart Radio app or wherever you get your podcasts. Hi, this is Jill Schlesinger, CBS News business analyst, certified financial planner and host of the Money Watch podcast. This is the show where your money is not scary and it's not boring.

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